More over, colouring books! Paint by Sticker Kids is back with a second book of amazing art for kids to make, one sticker at a time. Paint by Sticker Kids: Zoo Animals includes everything you need to create 10 bright, playful, full colour illustrations of 200 animals - illustrated templates printed on perforated card stock, and 10 pages of stickers to fill in and create the artwork. The fun, vibrant images are rendered in "low-poly", a computer graphics style using geometric polygon shapes to create a 3-D effect. As in paint by number, each template is divided into hundreds of spaces, each with a number that corresponds to a particular sticker. Find the sticker, peel it, and place it in the right space. Add the next, and the next, and the next, and voila! Animals include koala, frog, elephant, red panda, puffin, peacock, snake, giraffe, tiger and gorilla. Kids will love watching these pictures come to life. Plus each is suitable for framing or the fridge.
When one thinks of German artist-novels and Bildungsromane, works long available in translation come to mind - by Goethe, Novalis, Hoffmann, Stifter, Keller, or more recently by Mann, Kafka, Musil, or Grass. Yet Eduard Morike's provocatively subtitled "Maler Nolten: Novelle in zwei Teilen" ("Nolten the Painter: A Novella in Two Parts", 1832) has remained neglected and misunderstood, and until now has never been translated into English, despite its obvious ties to other artist-novels and its striking modernity in playing with conventions of narrative authority and heroic identity. Witness the subtle irony of the opening sequence, in which the narrator is subverted by hints at his own clumsiness and intimations about the dire truths that lurk behind the protagonist Nolten's relationships to his male friends and to the seductive yet somehow frightening women in his life.Or the interplay between the narrator's attempts to make sense of Nolten's complex inner motivations in his loves and art and the ludicrously pompous pathos with which Nolten persists in speaking and thinking, as he concocts a heroic persona caught up in passion, intrigue, and tragedy. Fascinating too is the mysterious trail of the "Grenzganger," or border-line characters, with their hints at the dimension of "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves" that seems to threaten and at the same time to foster the complex unfolding of the realities of life and art that defy Nolten's all-too-artful "mastery". Raleigh Whitinger is professor in the Department of Germanic Languages at the University of Alberta.
Forming a Supplement to Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, as Edited by George Stanley. This book, "A Biographical and Critical Dictionary of Recent and Living Painters and Engravers," by Michael Bryan, is a replication of a book originally published before 1866. It has been restored by human beings, page by page, so that you may enjoy it in a form as close to the original as possible.
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