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Scoop Issue 23 - Art

Scoop is a magazine for 7 to 13 year olds that publishes all forms of story, told by world renowned authors and illustrators including Raymond Briggs, Catherine Johnson, Tom Whipple, Jacqueline Wilson, Chris Priestley, Nicholas Bowling, Laura Dockrill, Emerald Fennell, Celia Rees, Joan Aiken, Tom Stoppard, MG Leonard, Michael Foreman, Piers Torday, Cathy Brett, Neil Gaiman, AF Harrold and John Agard. Each issue includes short stories, non-fiction, poetry, comics, interviews, reviews, activities and quizzes. We explore everything from punk to painting, from science to poetry, from super-natural phenomena to playwriting!

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English
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Curious Publishing Ltd
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dear scoopsters

Hello, I’m thrilled to be the guest editor of Scoop’s art issue. My earliest memories are of drawing. Usually queens and ladies in big fancy dresses. I drew on cardboard with a blue Biro pen, and all the time I was telling myself stories about who those fancy ladies were. My grandma, who was a seamstress, taught me to appreciate small details like a button on a coat or a feather in a hat or the pattern on a dress. Art is everywhere. It’s not just about paintings in galleries, it’s about looking and feeling: if you allow yourself time to look at something, things reveal themselves. Stories, colours, patterns. Art can be endlessly frustrating to the artist, especially when you can’t get the image or idea out of your…

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guest editor david roberts

How did you become an artist? I failed everything at school except for art and religious education. I didn’t want to be an arty vicar ! So at sixteen I went to art school to do a foundation course where you try out many different art practices like photography, textile design, illustration and pottery. From there I decided to study fashion design and for a while worked as a milliner making hats but I knew it was drawing and illustration that I most wanted to do. I took a short course in children’s book illustration, which gave me the confidence to show my work to publishers. I got my first book to illustrate in 1997, called Frankie Stein’s Robot, which was written by Roy Apps. Which was your favourite book to illustrate? It’s…

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what is art?

We all feel something when we look at works of art. Artist René Magritte said, ‘Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.’ This beautiful sentiment shows how art has a powerful purpose to create meaning for the viewer. For many artists, art also allows them to communicate something important about how the world does exist. It gives them the opportunity to question the social order and even to suggest alternatives. In his work, Kerry James Marshall shows the viewer the joys and everyday achievements of the lives ofAfrican-Americans, which he says tends to be lacking from most art. Art is a powerful tool for change as well as a wonderful route for self-expression, and that is what makes it so special. By looking at art and thinking about…

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picture your heart

Stencil this line drawing of a heart to complete a picture of the things close to your heart, the things you love and the things you feel strongly about. You can write or draw or both?Think about what you want to show about your heart: your family and friends, your hobbies or food you love? You could also show the things you worry about or what makes you feel uneasy. Use colours to represent how those things make you feel, and use as much of the space as you want, both inside and outside of the heart. Our thanks to School of Bob for this lovely activity idea! www.schoolofbob.uk…

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daisy and the doodler

It had to be perfect. No crossings-out, no extra wiggles where no wiggles had any right being. Ab-so-lute-ly perfect. I closed my bedroom door and hoped my little sister Natasha didn’t wander in and demand to know what I was doing. It sounded like she was pretty busy in her room, trampolining on the bed and singing a song about sharks. Tuning out the noise, I wiped my sweaty palms on my jeans and picked up the Doodler. Then looked again at the face on my laptop screen. Time to begin. Granny had given me the Doodler a few weeks ago, not long before she died. Dad had warned me she wasn’t very well but her smile seemed as wide as always when we went to visit. She did look pretty small though, all…

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the golden ratio

What links the Mona Lisa’s nose, the Cathedral of Chartres, the most pleasing arrangement of a rectangle and – to give one of the more surprising examples found in nature – the magnetic resonance of spins in cobalt niobate crystals? The answer is the number 1.618. Or, to give it the name it has been known by for centuries, the ‘golden ratio’. Since the time of the Ancient Greeks, this one number has popped up everywhere. It is found in art, in architecture, in the spirals of leaves – and even, as recent research on cobalt crystals showed, in quantum mechanics. The question is, why – and what is so special about it? A ratio is what you get when you divide one number by another. So the ratio of 6 to 2…

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