What Adults Don’t Know About Art: Inspiring Young Minds to Love and Enjoy Art by The School of Life. The School of Life, 9781912891290, 2021
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
What did you like about the book? The initial pages of this book break down to the readers that there could have been many things that were of interest to the reader that could have sparked their interest in art. There really is no one form of art and the book reminds readers of that from the very beginning. The book mentions that early on we teach children that art is more complicated than it really is. It also breaks down why a child going to visit an art museum could have easily lost interest in art because the experience of being at a crowded museum made them lose interest. I never considered this perspective that the environment in which we introduce something to young children could also impact their connection to it. One of the most interesting chapters for me in this book is titled “Why Art Galleries are Boring.” I often feel sort of childish when I mention that art galleries bore me. The book explains that many art galleries feel more like exam halls at a university (I chuckled a lot during this chapter). The chapter shows an example of a note that would be next to a painting in an art gallery and then proceeds to break down how the script on the plaque easily turns the experience into feeling like you are preparing for an exam. This chapter explains this concept so perfectly and I think it would resonate with both adults and young adult readers. Lastly, the book once again covers some topics that are more about the morality of art. They examine how some art highlights things like inequality and injustice and encourages young artistic minds to think about how they can change that narrative. The pictures in the book are actual photographs of different art mediums. There is also a full reference list in the back of the book for anyone wanting to dive deeper into the art that was featured in the book.
Anything you did not like about the book? This is not the intended purpose of the book however, it would have been great to include some mini projects that readers could do to incorporate all the different information they learned about art.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is great for a reader who is looking to expand their knowledge about art. Similar to the other book in this series the reader would benefit more from reading this book if they have at least a basic knowledge of art. It would be great for readers age 12 and older.
Who should buy this book? Middle schools and high schools
Where would you shelve it? 701.18
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA
Date of review: 06/29/2021