3D Art Adventures: Review & Giveaway

Modern Books recently sent me the most lovely book to review. It's called 3D Art Adventures and it contains over 35 creative, artist-inspired projects in sculpture, ceramics, textiles and more. The book introduces both adults and children to key-works of three dimensional art - which encompass a wealth of styles from ancient Greek sculpture to contemporary installations - and uses those works to inspire related art activities suitable for a wide range of ages to try.
Each chapter features a world-renowned artwork and outlines two projects based on the artwork. In this way the book combines art history with arts and crafts and gives a fantastic opportunity for real hands-on learning and creativity.

We tried one of the projects inspired by Picasso's 'Woman with a Flowery Hat' - a ceramic piece in terracotta and black. I happened to have a packet of terracotta coloured air-drying clay to hand and although I didn't have the black ink listed in the materials list, I substituted with black poster paint and it worked just fine.
Lile and Sábha really enjoyed the process. I had prepared the clay the evening before as the instructions said that it was easier to carve when it was semi-dry. We had a good look at the picture and talked about it before I set out some nails, sticks and scissors, for mark making, and we got to work. Lile was very free in her interpretation and concentrated mainly on making one large eye and one much smaller one. Sábha, by contrast, was very careful and meticulous and made a very good effort at recreating Picasso's work. My own piece fell somewhere in between. Lile was again, very liberal, with her addition of the black paint while Sábha was typically sparing and careful. We all really enjoyed how the paint brought the textures we had created in the clay to life.
L-R: Sábha's, Mine and Lile's efforts.
I'm really pleased with how they turned out and think they'd make an attractive little collection in a box frame or lined up on a shelf.

The book itself is an attractive, brightly coloured hardback. The artworks and projects are well laid out and easy to understand and follow. The authors Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw and have many years experience in the field of education and have done a wonderful job on this book. It would be a wonderful addition to any art class but is equally lovely to have at home. My daughters have been enjoying learning about Vincent Van Gough in school and this book has come at a perfect time for us to expand on their interest in artists and learn about more in the hands-on way that is perfect for their age group (they're 6).

The publishing company has generously offered me an extra copy of this fantastic book to give to one of my readers. To be in with a chance to win please enter below. Good luck!

Note: This competition is open to readers in the UK and Ireland only. 

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own, and I was not paid to give them!


  1. Lovely giveaway, looks like that book would be very welcome in this house, I've entered #crossesfingers


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