A History of Pictures for Children

Suggested age 6 – 9


Author: David Hockney, Martin Gayford
Illustrator: Rose Blake
ISBN: 9780500651414
Date Published: 6 Sep 2018

Winner of the prestigious BolognaRagazzi New Horizons Award 2019

A History of Pictures for Children takes readers on a journey through art history, from early art drawn on cave walls to the images we make today on our computers and phone cameras. Based on the bestselling book for adults, this children’s edition of A History of Pictures is told through conversations between the artist David Hockney and the author Martin Gayford, who talk about art with inspiring simplicity and clarity. Rose Blake’s illustrations illuminate the narratives of both authors to bring the history of art alive for a young audience.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Thinking About Pictures: Why Do We Make Pictures?
  • 2. Making Marks: What Makes an Interesting Mark?
  • 3. Light and Shadows: What is a shadow exactly?
  • 4. Watch This Space: How Do Artists Set the Scene?
  • 5. Mirrors and Reflections: How Do Artists Play with Light?
  • 6. Painting and Photography: What Tools Do Artists Use?
  • 7. Moving Pictures: Can Pictures Really Move?
  • 8. The Story Goes On: What’s Next for Pictures?
  • Timeline of Inventions

Thames and Hudson Ltd

Dimensions21.6 × 2 × 27.9 cm

Thames and Hudson Ltd


Age 7 – 9, Age 9 – 12




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