Non Fiction Reviews: What Adults Don’t Know About Art and Architecture

What Adults Don’t Know About Art by The School of Life

What Adults Don’t Know About Art: Inspiring young minds to love and enjoy art
by The School of LifeAlain de Botton (Goodreads Author) (Editor)
5 out of 5 stars

This book is geared towards children, introducing them to the world of art, and teaching them why art is so important. I love the approach here, and the simple way that the book leads the reader into a better understanding of beautiful art. It begins with a simple question, “What is art, and why is it important to each person?”

I love the philosophy in this book about how art can shape our experiences and our culture, connecting us to our past and reflecting our personal emotions. Art teaches us to focus on the things that are truly important in life; a baby’s smile, that particular shade of blue in the sky, the powerful weight of a mountain, or a delicious fruit. The little things in life are the most important and enduring.

Art helps us to remember our past. Even preserving sad memories can give us hope for the future, and art teaches us that. Appreciating great art can give meaning to our lives and help us to explore our own emotions and thoughts in new ways.

This book includes famous works of art as examples of how to look at art, appreciate the details, understand the history, and make sense of your own experiences with art. I read through the pages and stared in complete awe at the gorgeous art from various centuries!

What an absolute delight! I was almost in tears by the end, because I was so moved by this lovely journey through the art world. Suddenly I’m inspired to visit a local art museum and look around me in a whole new way!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

What Adults Don’t Know About Architecture by The School of Life

What Adults Don’t Know About Architecture: How to Build a More Beautiful and Liveable World
by The School of LifeAlain de Botton (Goodreads Author) (Editor)
5 out of 5 stars

This book is geared towards children, introducing them to the world of architecture, and teaching them why architecture is so important. I love the approach here, and the simple way that the book leads the reader into a better understanding of beautiful buildings. It begins with simple questions, What is architecture, and why is it important to each person? Why do some buildings look beautiful, and others are ugly? Who decides which buildings are pleasing or unpleasing?

I love the philosophy in this book about how the buildings where we live and work can shape our experiences and our culture, connecting us to our past and reflecting our personal lives. Buildings can make us feel safe or bored or inspired or sad. The environment around the building has a big impact too. Different designs will have different meanings, whether to be functional or inviting, to impress or to bring a calm atmosphere.

Architecture helps us to remember our past, preserving our culture and history in our beautiful houses and schools and churches. Appreciating great architecture can give meaning to our lives and help us to explore our own emotions and thoughts in new ways.

This book includes famous buildings as examples of how to look at architecture, appreciate the details, understand the history, and make sense of your own experiences with ugly or beautiful places you have seen. I read through the pages and stared in complete awe at the gorgeous architecture from various centuries!

What an absolute delight! I was almost in tears by the end, because I was so moved by this lovely journey through the world of architecture Suddenly I’m inspired to visit a local historic town and look around me in a whole new way!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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