Schwake combines 32 3-D art projects with interviews with four artists, each of whom is photographed. The first two chapters give general instructions for setting up for each project, providing an exhaustive list of materials needed. The subsequent five chapters each focus on a single medium: paper, clay, textiles, sculpture, and jewelry. The six relatively simple paper projects use mostly found bits of paper. The seven clay objects range in size and difficulty but require a kiln. The six textile projects use fabric, yarn, or jute. The eight sculptures require corrugated cardboard, papier-mché goo, plaster, pasteboard, or joint compound. Finally, the five jewelry projects are made with paper, card stock, or various types and sizes of beads. Instructions are always detailed, both through step-by-step photographs of children making each object and the detailed text. This well-written book with myriad color illustrations is a must-have for art teachers or those who help children appreciate art and artists."—Booklist
3D Art Lab for Kids: 32 Hands-on Adventures in Sculpture and Mixed Media - Including fun projects using clay, plaster, cardboard, paper, fiber beads and more!by Susan Schwake
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An inspiring collection of ideas and projects for encouraging an artistic spirit in children! 3D Art Lab for Kids includes 36 kid-friendly fine art projects in paper, clay, textiles, sculpture, and jewelry. Each project is inspired by the work of a prominent artist and is illustrated with step-by-step full-color photographs of the process as well as finished samples and variations. Whether you use these projects independently or as a curriculum for hands-on 3D art experiences, you’ll find that the lessons in this book are open-ended so they can be explored over and over–with different results each time! Colorful photos illustrate how different people using the same lesson will yield different results, exemplifying the way the lesson brings out each artist’s personal style. 3D Art Lab for Kids is the perfect book for creative families, friends, and community groups and works as lesson plans for both experienced and new art teachers. Children of all ages and experience levels can be guided by adults and will enjoy these engaging exercises.
Meet the Author
Susan Schwake is an artist, art educator, and curator. She actively exhibits her work in galleries around the United States and Europe and sells her work online and in her own gallery, artstream. Susan has been part of juried public art exhibitions, creating large-scale, site-specific works. Her passion for teaching and making art with others grew from a tiny seed of an idea in the fourth grade. Working in such diverse settings as schools, community centers, special needs nonprofits, summer camps, intergenerational facilities, libraries, and her own little art school, Susan has taught art to hundreds of people over the past twenty years. She created a permanent exhibition of children’s art, involving more than one hundred local children, that graces the walls of a new children’s room in her local library in 1997 and refreshed it in 2007 to celebrate its tenth anniversary. In 2000, she directed a similar project with four hundred people in an intergenerational setting for a new multi-agency facility, bringing the staff, families, and clients more closely together through the process of making art. She has enjoyed many residencies in public and private schools, with whole school projects, and in special needs groups and single classrooms. Since the release of her first book, Art Lab for Kids, Susan has offered workshops to parents and teachers and student teachers at universities, art studios, and schools. She enjoys sharing her methods and learning from others. In 2005, Susan began a blog called artesprit. Through the blog, she embraced writing and photographing her world, meeting many new artists and friends around the globe. She co-owns and is the curator for artstream studios in New Hampshire. She enjoys bringing compelling group shows of contemporary art to her corner of New England. She is happy to be working alongside her husband every day doing what she loves most. Follow her adventures.Blog: www.artesprit.blogspot.comWebsite: www.susanschwake.comGallery: www.artstreamstudios.com
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