Wang Yani ( WANG YAH nee) was born in southern China. It is a beautiful country with mountains, rivers, and all kinds of animals.
Yani grew up in a loving family. Her father was an art teacher and a painter. He would take her to work with him, and she started drawing on the wall of his studio when she was two and a half years old, so he gave her some sheets of paper on which to draw. At first it was just scribbling, but by the time she was three years old, her drawings and paintings were realistic. They looked just like the object or animal she was trying to draw.
When she was four years old, her father gave her a pet monkey. After that, monkeys became her favorite subject to paint. She would make up stories about her paintings. Sometimes she would listen to music while she painted.
When she was eight years old, her father, Wang Shiqiang, gave up his career as an artist because he was afraid his style of painting might influence his daughter. He wanted her to develop her own style.
He took her on tours of many countries to broaden her experience. He was very strict with her. He said that he had to be strict because of her amazing talent and fame.
Her paintings are known throughout the world. She has shown her paintings in China, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States. The country of China even put one of her monkey paintings on a postage stamp!
You will enjoy reading more about Wang Yani in a book written about her. The name of the book is A Young Painter, the life and painting of Wang Yani, China's extraordinary young artist. It is written by Zheng Zhensun and Alice Low.
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Draw. . . Then Write
By Jo Ellen Moore / Evan-moor Educational Publishe
The 30 topics in Draw... Then Write are presented in three levels of difficulty, allowing you to customize the lessons to the needs of your students. Easiest level- students follow three steps to complete a drawing and then select words for a word box to complete three sentences about the object drawn. More difficult level- students follow three steps to complete a drawing and then write phrases to answer who, what, where, Most difficult level- students are challenged to draw the object in a new situation. They then write a paragraph about the picture, following the writing prompt provided. The 30 Draw... Then Write topics are: caterpillar; bird; turtle; snail; frog; elephant; puppy; lion; koala; pickup truck; robot; clown; helicopter; duck; hippo; race car; shark; bear; porcupine; monkey; cat; fox; octopus; fish; airplant; dragon; child; castle; whale.
Short Lessons in Art History: Artists and Their Work
By Phyllis Clausen Barker / Walch Education
Short Lessons in Art History is a fantastic introduction to the artists who have shaped the artistic world from Giotto in 1266 to Alexander Calder in 1976. Each artist's life is explored, along with their major works, public reaction, and impact upon the world and art after their deaths. Approximately 3-4 pages are given to each of the 38 artists featured, with black and white images of one of their most famous works. A center section contains full color plates. Glossary words are included at the end of each chapter. 217 pages, softcover. Grades 6-12.
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ONLINE BOOKS and BOOK PREVIEWS
Yani: The brush of innocence
by Wai-Ching Ho (no preview) Order here
Reading: The Five W's
by (selected pages) Order here at Remedia Publications
Wang Yani: Longing to Paint
byAnne Sibley O'Brien (review, no preview) Order here
Preview these Amazon books using the links below.
A Young Painter: The Life and Paintings of Wang Yani--China's Extraordinary Young Artist
by Zheng Zhensun, Alice Low (review, no preview)
Artworks for Kids
by Evans Joy, Evan-Moor Educational Publishers (selected pages)
Gifted Children: Myths and Realities
by Ellen Winner (selected pages)
Pictures by a Young Chinese Girl
by Ya-ni Wang, Roger Goepper, Heinz Gotze, Shiqiang Wang (review, no preview)
Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change: Courageous Actions Around the World
by Garth Sundem, Bethany Hamilton (selected pages)
Most Recent Comments ( See more comments on this page ) 2011-02-23
Wang Yani is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!
Jill K. S.
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