Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day and Julie (Jules) Danielson of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast to name a couple) have been mentioning a relatively new web site called Uncovered Cover Art.
Heidi, a children's book editor and art lover started this site because she believes that the illustrations in children’s books are one of the last publicly celebrated art forms. She further states on the site's introduction that this site is for not only people who love children's books and their illustrations, but for those artist's who wish to display their work, for people looking for new talent or for artwork that can be used to illustrate a children's book.
For those wishing to submit art for the site choose a classic or new children's book. Illustrate the cover in your own unique way creating your interpretation of the story through that cover; entice the reader to pick up that book and read it.
View the submissions at the site and vote for your favorites. The artwork is stunning and original.
In the classroom this would be a fantastic idea for the interpretation of a book's central theme. It would be a focal point for a writing exercise. More artistic students could pair with students better at writing to design a unique book response with each required to increase their skills based upon teaching and collaboration one with the other.
On July 18th a post appeared on the Everyday Food Blog--MarthaStewart.com titled Fancy Food show 2011. The writer and a companion went to the annual show in Washington DC. Check out this mosaic using Jelly Belly's Bertie Botts Beans. Imagine the hours it took to make this. Plus if I were one of the artists it would have gone something like this...one for the mosaic, two for my mouth, two for the mosaic, a handful for my mouth, etc. Thanks to Carla Lalli Music for allowing me to post these pictures.