This original art extensions coloring book combines drawing and
coloring with learning art appreciation and art history. There are 24
full-color art masterpieces with a white area around them, which
provides a space for a person to draw in an extension of the art
masterpiece using their own creativity and imagination. After drawing an
extension or design around the original artwork, one can color in what
one has drawn to enhance or extend the original artwork. The art
masterpieces are by famous artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Rembrandt,
Michelangelo, Raphael, and more! The pages preceding the drawings pages
have some information about the art masterpiece and artist.
This book was inspired by a type of art project that the author
enjoyed back in the 1960s when art classes were a part of the regular
curriculum in grammar school. This book focuses on Christian paintings
and includes historical background information including the religious
significance of the subject matter with some Bible quotations and
stories from the lives of the saints.
Each art extension in this book begins with a color reproduction of a
great art masterpiece, which is centered on a larger page. Then by
drawing freehand and coloring what one has drawn one extends the
painting around the edges to match or accent the artwork.
Using one's imagination and creativity, one can extend the original
art in a variety ways. For example, if there is a river in the original
painting, it could continue out to border, bend and flow behind hill, or
whatever one imagines. As an alternative one could color in highlights
or designs in the background. There are really no rules, but the
original idea of an art extension was to match the style and colors of
the art masterpiece so that one could hardly tell where the original
artwork ends and the extension begins.
The author hopes each person using this book will draw and color
what inspires them. One can use any choice of colors or designs.
Many types of coloring media may be used from colored pencils,
crayons, felt tip markers, to pastels. It is good to pick a media that
can be blended or has many different color choices in order to match the
original such as a set of colored pencils or a large box of crayons
with many shades and colors. The back and front cover show the art
masterpieces included in the book as well as the page design with the
white area to draw in surrounding the masterpieces. Using this book can
help improve creative drawing and coloring skills by studying and
copying how the famous artist created their art masterpiece and then
trying to duplicate and/or enhance the original artwork.