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My Art and Craft Book

Written by Living Paintings

Suitable for: 0-5 years, 5-7 years (Key stage 1), 7-11 years (Key stage 2), Teachers

Sponsored by: The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Foyle Foundation

Available braille grades:

This book is designed as a fun and engaging introduction to Art for blind children age 5-7 years of age, though may be of interest for children 7-11 years too. It supports the teaching and learning of Art for Key Stage 1 pupils and includes cross-curricular links to other subjects plus a reading list of picture books, which you may find useful. All of the works of art included in this resource are part of the Tate art collection.

Included in the box is a Art and Craft Pack free gift for you to keep. This aims to inspire children to create their own works of art, inspired by the artists and works of art in this boxset. There’s a handy art and craft guide which provides you with a few simple crafts to get started. And we include a range of different mediums so the children will be able to try out different art and design techniques explored in the boxset.

Read by artist and TV presenter Anneka Rice, actress Adjoa Andoh, and CBEEBIES presenter Chris Jarvis.

Listen to an audio clip

Yinka grew up speaking two languages, Yoruba at home and English at school. Art was Yinka’s favourite subject at school. He caught a very bad virus which left one side of his body paralysed. This physical disability means that he uses a wheelchair. But Yinka was determined.

I’m going to tell you about an artist who lived by the sea. I’m going to tell you about Alfred Wallis who was born in 1855. When he was 9 years old he went to work on a ship, called a schooner, just like the one in the painting we’re about to explore. In this painting Alfred makes us feel like we’re seagulls, flying high and looking down on the scene below. In the middle is the large ship with its sails full of wind. It’s sailing into the quay.

Hello, I’m Chris and we’re going to explore a very colourful art work called The Snail. It was made by Henri Matisse, a French artist. Matisse liked to use a variety of art materials including paint, but as well as paint he used bronze which is a hard, shiny metal for his sculptures, and he also did drawings using soft, black charcoal.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD, USB or stream from your online account.
  • An A4 colour image pack.
  • Guidance notes for parents and teachers to help you make the most of using this book.
  • My Art and craft pack- free gift for you to keep.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Grain Weevil by Yinka Shonebare MBE

The Snail by Henri Matisse

The Blue Ship by Alfred Wallis

Marine Object by Eileen Agar

Antennae with Red and Blue Dots by Alexander Calder

Explosion by Roy Lichtenstein

What our members say

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Fantastic! The raised images looks fantastic, we are so glad you are creating these resources to give more people access to art. Yinka Shonibare CBE, contemporary artist
Fantastic The art alive book is fantastic, it has massively increased our daughter's interest (we are using this one several times a week). The crafts to make along side the learning about artwork is a brilliant idea and has really improved her engagement. Definitely our favourite so far. Thank you.
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