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Ben Drake Skye Blake And The Scrunch Snake
I stink at art! I stink worse than a fish stall that’s been pelted with rotten eggs. Paint and clay won’t do what I want them to. They just end up in my hair and all over my hands and shirt. Ask me to draw you an animal and it’ll look like my three-y
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Florence Italy
Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Linda and I’m twelve. Where do you live? Florence, Italy, in a large apartment overlooking Il Poggio, in Piazzale Michelangelo. What is your family like? My mom is a clothes designer and my dad has his
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Echoses Echoes
People painted pictures on cave walls as long as 40,000 years ago and we still don’t have the slightest idea why. It wasn’t for decoration. There’s no sign that the caves were ever lived in and many of the pictures have been deeply hidden in places s
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Charlotte Harris Age Thirteen
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH AN IDEA FOR YOUR COMPETITION POEM? The criteria was ‘place’ and the first thing that came to my mind was home. Home to me means many things one of which is Scotland, which is where I have lived all my life. So I decided to b
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Love Reading Reviews
We have chosen a fabulous selection of books about art that will engage, inspire and help you to spend more time enjoying art. As the first Children’s Laureate, Quentin Blake created an original exhibition in the National Gallery, London for which
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Being An Artist
Cubism was a revolutionary new way of painting invented around 1907 by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. The aim was to bring different views of subjects (usually objects or figures) together in the same picture, resulting in paintings that appear fr
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Dear Doctor
DEAR READING DOCTOR, Just before the holidays started, our class went on a school trip to an art gallery. We saw some fancy-looking paintings of people and houses and stuff like that, but my favourite ones were the paintings of animals. There were
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But Is It Art?
Sometimes it seems that when a rich person paints on a building it’s called art, but when a poor person paints it’s called graffiti. The difference might be that graffiti is often done without permission and is regarded as vandalism. However, art or
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Reviews Reader
BY AMBER LEE DODD Scholastic £6.99 REVIEW by Liza, age fourteen Amelia, the protagonist in Lightning Chase Me Home, is an intricately crafted character who shatters stigma about children with learning difficulties and empowers readers through
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Draw Your Own Portrait
BEFORE PHONES AND PHOTOGRAPHY, PORTRAITS AND SELF-PORTRAITS TOOK MUCH MORE TIME AND EFFORT BECAUSE THEY INVOLVED HOURS OF DRAWING OR PAINTING. MUCH THOUGHT WENT INTO HOW THE SUBJECT WOULD BE REPRESENTED. PAINTED PORTRAITS INCLUDED OBJECTS THAT EXPLAI
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Mindfuln Ess Make Your Own Mala Beads
Creating art is a great way of being mindful. We can become absorbed in the present moment by noticing the colours, textures and sounds of our creations. Mindful art practice allows us not to worry about the outcome but focus on the process. When dra
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Amrita Sher-gil
Amrita’s parents – Marie Antoinette Gottesman-Baktay, a Hungarian pianist, and Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, an Indian nobleman – met in 1910 in Lahore. They fell in love, married and, in 1913, their first child, Amrita, was born in Budapest, Hungary. The Sh
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The Mega Maker Lab
This August, in an old fire engine workshop by the river in the middle of London, the Mega Maker Lab opens its doors. What was a forgotten, empty space becomes – for one month – a playful interactive space for families to have fun with different maki
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The Ship Of Tolerance
Fifteen years ago in the Egyptian desert, the artist Emilia Kabakov – along with a group of children – created an art installation that has reached far and wide. Together, children from Siwa, where girls and boys are strictly segregated by gender and
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What’s On
SATURDAYS 3RD AUGUST, 7TH SEPTEMBER, 5TH OCTOBER 2–5 P.M. SOUTH LONDON GALLERY 65-67 PECKHAM RD, LONDON SE5 8UH Come along and make a magazine in this fantastic workshop where you will learn how to riso print, share stories and make a DIY publicatio
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The Art Village Of Indonesia
On the outskirts of the Indonesian city of Malang are two slum villages called Jodipan and Tridi. They were nothing special, somewhat scruffy and only remarkable for being among the poorest villages in the country and having a polluted river, choking
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Can You Draw The Winner Of The Squiggliest Squiggle Award?
Rocks tend to come in a very boring shade of grey. But they don’t have to stay that way! Why not paint a collection of rocks in brilliant colours and decorate your room or garden. Or even hide them in your neighbourhood for people to find! KANDINSKY
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Portrait Of An Artist Olafur Eliasson
Olafur Eliasson is an artist who is known for sculptures and large, immersive installations. He was born in Denmark to Icelandic parents and he spent holidays surrounded by the wild nature of Iceland. His work is inspired by nature and its forms, fro
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EATING WITH YOUR EARS Olafur Eliasson
Food is very important to Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson. Most days at his studio in Berlin his team sits down together to share lunch and exchange ideas. The organic, vegetarian meals are prepared by a team of cooks in his studio kitchen, w
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Dear Scoopsters
Hello, I’m thrilled to be the guest editor of Scoop’s art issue. My earliest memories are of drawing. Usually queens and ladies in big fancy dresses. I drew on cardboard with a blue Biro pen, and all the time I was telling myself stories about who th
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Japanese Art Of Nature
Japanese art is celebrated for being unique, understated and beautiful – and their garden designs are no exception. In Japan, gardens are seen as their own work of art, inspired by nature, philosophy and life itself. Japanese people avoid using anyth
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GUEST EDITOR David Roberts
How did you become an artist? I failed everything at school except for art and religious education. I didn’t want to be an arty vicar ! So at sixteen I went to art school to do a foundation course where you try out many different art practices like
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An Artist’s Guide to Taking the Ultimate Selfie
Never in history have so many people created so many images of themselves. But the selfie isn’t new. The first known example dates to December 1920 when five gentlemen lugged a camera the size of a briefcase on to a New York rooftop. It took two of t
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What Is Art?
We all feel something when we look at works of art. Artist René Magritte said, ‘Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.’ This beautiful sentiment shows how art has a powerful purpose to create meaning for the viewer. For many
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Therianthrope
I can’t count the times I’ve walked this path. It’s my secret place, a little haven of complete silence. That’s what I like about it, you know? The silence. It’s as if I’m the only person on Earth; apart from the intruding foxes of course. They don’t
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Daisy And The Doodler
It had to be perfect. No crossings-out, no extra wiggles where no wiggles had any right being. Ab-so-lute-ly perfect. I closed my bedroom door and hoped my little sister Natasha didn’t wander in and demand to know what I was doing. It sounded like sh
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Junior Editor Lara Devi Saigal Age Nine
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR LIFE AND INTERESTS? I was born in London, but I have lived (and gone to school) in Mumbai, Dubai and London. I love travelling and my interests are reading, horse riding, skiing and tennis (not necessarily in that or
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The Golden Ratio
What links the Mona Lisa’s nose, the Cathedral of Chartres, the most pleasing arrangement of a rectangle and – to give one of the more surprising examples found in nature – the magnetic resonance of spins in cobalt niobate crystals? The answer is the
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Columbia Missouri, USA
Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Eleanor (Ellie) and I’m eight. My favourite colour is all the shades of blue! I love to read about Greek mythology. Where do you live? Columbia, Missouri. We live in a large house in the woods, in the mi
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