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ART & KIDS: MIRO’S MAGIC ANIMALS

03/23/2016,

Do you also feel that children naturally love art?  I truly think that art education is a creative opportunity for kids and that early years arts activities can help develop intrinsic human qualities, such as creativity, expression and imagination.

The enjoyment of art education has many benefits for kids, but it is not always easy to find good material to enjoy art with our children.

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Today, I would like to share with you this amazing discovery: Miro’s Magic Animals, an extraordinary book about the great Spanish painter Joan Miró that has just been published by Thames & Hudson.

In this picture book for children (suitable for ages 4 *) Antony Penrose recounts some of his most vivid memories of the great Spanish artist Joan Miró.

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Antony Penrose is the son of wartime photographer Lee Miller and Surrealist artist Roland Penrose, whose biography of Pablo Picasso is one of my favorites.

Antony Penrose grew up in a creative environment, with Dali, Picasso and Miró regular summertime visitors, and this book allows you to meet this great painter through the eyes of a child.

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We see the renowned painter from a new perspective, as the slightly eccentric visitor to Tony’s childhood home, during an excursion to Miró’s farm—filled with extraordinary creatures—and on a trip to London Zoo, during which Miró asked to see “large birds, snakes, and strange creatures of the night.”

Joan Miró’s paintings are often described by small kids as “wonderfully strange” and “filled with magical animals”.  I love that this book by Antony Penrose is beautifully illustrated not only with Miro’s most famous artworks but also with his mother’s photography and above all: specially commissioned Miró-inspired artworks by children.

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It is an engaging, vivid and playful story that appeals to small children and adult art lovers alike.

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