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Posted June 17, 2000
MaryAnn Kohl, author comments
Good for you! You are to be complimented on giving your child the opportunity to explore these wild and crazy art projects. I suggest having some 'art clothes' instead of just an apron...shoes, shirt, jeans, sometimes even some gloves. Doing this kind of art lets your kids sense art on a grander, more exciting scale. I have never met a child who didn't love these projects -- evey single one of them. So, I guess that makes me a child too! I love them all! Especially sock slaps: Fill socks with sand, tie off, dip in paint, and then slap on the paper. What fun!
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Posted August 25, 2010
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This book has been out in the hands of good teachers/parents/child care folks/kids for awhile now, but I've found that it is new to many kids who are just discovering it. One little guy I worked with recently as a visiting author to his school told me: "I didn't know a tennis ball could be so interesting, did you?" He was referring to painting with tennis balls. Our group tried several approches with painty tennis balls....rolling them around in a wading pool covered with paper, tossing them at a wall of paper outdoors, holding and pressing on paper, bouncing on paper on the floor, and a few other ideas that kids thought up that are NOT in the book, but should have been. Read on: The little guy who told me tennis balls are interesting had thought up a idea where he rolled the ball deliberately through paint and then along the border of large paper. Within the border, he made dot-prints with different colors of paint. When it was dry, he outlined each dot with a black marker. The result was a huge bubbly design painting. I was impressed with his process, and the resulting painting was delightful and all his own! I love when my books give kids a boost to be their own artists and live in their own creativity. What a great day spending time with kid-artists. Someday I'll collect all their unique ideas and write a new book called "Kids Are More Artistic Than I Am!" Keep having fun with kids, from your friend, MaryAnn Please visit my website for free art ideas: www.brightring.com.
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