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Name That Style: All about Isms in Art

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  22 reviews
In 'Name That Style', art lover Bob Razcka clearly explains the basics of 14 different art styles, spanning the 1430s to the 1970s. Each explanation is paired with a representative work of art, reproduced in a large size. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Millbrook Press
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May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bob Raczka, delivers on his promise of covering 14 styles (13 isms & one not) of art. The things that I liked in this book were

1. Clearly delineated what the style meant, its origins, famous painters who painted in that style, it's key characteristics and one striking full (facing) page illustration and why it belongs to said style - all in a single page
2. Introduced art & other terms in the body, highlighted them and briefly defined them at the bottom of the page in which they appeared
3. Brough
Kieli Rea
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
A little primer for kids. I guess the test is whether I would buy it for my nieces and nephew, and the answer is, nah. Not enough women artists included, and the paintings featured weren't in my opinion the kinds of paintings that would pique a kid's interest in art/history. As an outline with some facts and dates to get your oriented, I would call this useful. ...more
Becky B
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quick survey of 14 of the major art styles from the Renaissance to modern times. Each style is covered in a two page spread that provides one full page example of a piece of art of that style, a quick description of what makes the style distinct, when and where the style was popular, 5 of the most recognized artists who used the style, bullet points of the major characteristics of the style, and a paragraph explaining why the piece of art displayed is a good example of that style.

This is a fa
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Art is central to who I am and has been since I was a child, but I still get mixed up about style names in art, what Raczka calls -isms. This book uses clear, concise text and text features to make understanding fourteen different art styles painless.

Each of the fourteen different terms is explained in a double-page format: one side is a full-page example of the style and the facing page defines the term, gives examples of artists who created using this style, gives characteristics of the style
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Name That Style All About Isms In Art is a very informative book about different styles in art. I learned about how a piece of art in the style of realism and a piece of art in the style of surrealism are very different because surrealism is a dreamlike subject matter. And realism is usually ordinary people and everyday activities. These are two examples of the many more types of styles this book taught me about. In the book there were pictures for every style. One example is when explaining imp ...more
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book to share with children! Bob Raczka does a perfect job introducing fourteen different styles of art from Naturalism to Photorealism. Each style has a full color page that is a good example of that type of art and adjacent page describes: when and where that kind of art was popular, famous artists of the style and important characteristics to that art.
My daughter and I read a page each day and enjoyed going back and comparing the various styles. This would be a perfect book to ta
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-craft
05/11: This book highlights Naturalism, Mannerism, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Pointillism, Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Photorealism.

For each "ism," Raczka highlights one particular work of art and "unpacks" it. He also answers the questions, "When and where was ____ism popular?," "Who are some of the most famous _______ painters?," What are some of _______ism's most important characteristics?" and "Why is this painting a good examp
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Raczka does a wonderful job of making art interesting for a younger audience. The layout of the book is beautifully composed, featuring a classic work of art on one side of the spread and information about the style of the work on the other. Each page contains descriptions of the style, a list of artists who implemented that style, and definitions of potentially unfamiliar "art" words. (I personally really enjoyed this book because I took Intro to Art this summer, and I was surprised by how much ...more
Benjamin N.
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought that Name That Style:All about Isms by Bob Raczka was great book if you are into art. The author went into great detail about each of the different styles of art from realism to surrealism.This is a very good, very informative book that is great if you want to learn about art or get ideas about what to draw or pain yourself. This is truly a very artistic book.
May 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Presents various art styles in a clear, concise manner. Each style (14 in all) is given two pages, one featuring a famous painting in that style, the facing page contains a brief summary, time line, list of famous artists, description of the featured work and vocabulary words. All in all, not terribly exciting, but very well done.
Gwen the Librarian
Sep 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, kidlit
Here is an excellent introduction to the various styles of in art, mostly in painting. It's perfect for children who often visit the museum, or those interested in art. Honestly, this is a perfect refresher for adults as well. Each style is highlighted with a characteristic painting and then definitions, terms, and artists are defined. ...more
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Fourteen different art styles--isms--are explained in this book. Each ism has a pic of a representative painting and a concise page of info which includes time period and location; famous artists of the ism; and most important to me a very but inclusive list of the major characterics of the ism. It is a great intro to the isms and art appreciation. Good for children as well as adults.
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it
We skimmed this from a younger elementary perspective but the ideal audience is older elementary...the title would be helpful for reports. Only criticism is that just one visual example of a work of art is provided for each "ism". ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Needs more pictures!!
Jan 07, 2009 rated it liked it
A really good resource!
Apr 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Neat to learn about art
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Apr 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erin, non-fiction
This has a really nice format. Each 2 page spread is dedicated to
one style of art, showing an example, famous artists, characteristics of the style.
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very informative, at-a-glance look at different art forms. This book is a children's book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...more
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Quite interesting, if brief, overview of 14 artistic styles of painting .
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Great at defining the different isms. Could be vastly improved by including many more pictures of art of each ism to better illustrate each one.
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