Art for the Heart: Creative Art Expression for You and Your Friends

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Art for the Heart is a Girl Zone book. Featuring girls' own voices in Girl Talk sidebars, the Girl Zone series is a joyful, empowering and diverse collection of books that explore topics of interest and importance to girls and young women ages 9 to 12.

When you imagine an artist, what do you see? Do you picture Picasso, Van Gogh or...yourself? Art Therapist Mary Wallace shows how anyone can be an artist. Through a series of projects, girls will...

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Overview

Art for the Heart is a Girl Zone book. Featuring girls' own voices in Girl Talk sidebars, the Girl Zone series is a joyful, empowering and diverse collection of books that explore topics of interest and importance to girls and young women ages 9 to 12.

When you imagine an artist, what do you see? Do you picture Picasso, Van Gogh or...yourself? Art Therapist Mary Wallace shows how anyone can be an artist. Through a series of projects, girls will explore and celebrate one of the most incredible creations in the universe -- themselves!

Art activities include:

  • Art Journal. Make a unique visual journal to hold all of your artistic ideas.
  • My Studio. Use your imagination to create your own art studio: the perfect place for you to relax, think, dream, and create.
  • A Quilt of Me. Create an abstract self-portrait with a quilt-style collage.
  • Friendship Necklace. Celebrate friendship with this beautiful beaded necklace.
  • Mandala. Get in touch with your spiritual side through the ancient art of the circle.
  • Spiral Weaving. Express your positive energies in a colorful spiral design.
  • Illuminated Manuscript. Decorate stories and poems using this medieval technique.

Mary's clear writing, helpful tips, and carefully chosen activities are designed for any skill level. Comments from girls create a "chat room" feel, and colorful sidebars give additional information about art throughout the ages and from around the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Art educator and therapist Mary Wallace offers 19 absorbing activities in Art for the Heart: Creative Art Expression for You and Your Friends, illus. by Claudia D vila, part of the Girl Zone series. Sections on art materials, techniques and terminology provide a foundation, followed by how-to lessons on how to use watercolors, mix media, etc. "Arty Fact" sidebars, an index and a list of recommended books and Web sites complete the volume. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The creative process is a great adventure. Art for the Heart is a colorful, girl friendly guide to the process. Step one is to create a journal; the one pictured has a beautiful self-portrait on the cover. Step two is to choose which drawing tools to use. Photographs of numerous pencils, markers and pastel show the tool and the kinds of marks it makes. Color is the next tool, and it's important to understand how to mix colors and how they relate to each other. Step three is to look at the language of art, which includes line, shape texture, composition and value. A number of projects follow this good foundation in the building blocks of the creative process. They include making a container, a paper quilt, a life size self-portrait, a friendship necklace and a mandala painting. The colorful design of this publication, the demonstrations of a variety of art making materials and the range of projects make it a good resource for girls looking for something to do. Thoughtful "Girl Talk" quotes are dispersed amid the projects. 2002, Maple Tree Press,
— Kristin Harris
VOYA
This simple approach to art's practical and creative expressions is targeted specifically at young female teens. The book introduces drawing and painting mediums, techniques from sgraffito to collage, and color theory, providing sixteen specific projects. Most projects are paper-based, including a cutout life-sized self-portrait, a mandala using oils, a hand-illustrated art journal, and an illuminated manuscript. Teens are encouraged to engage the emotional aspects of art and to involve female friends in artwork creation. Bright, lively drawings and photos of finished pieces highlight the artistic voyage. After finishing projects, an Internet and print bibliography of U.S. and Canadian resources provides supplementary information on the fine arts. Teens with any art experience, however, might find Wallace's presentation juvenile and actual project information slight, lacking innovation, and scattered. Uninspiring activities such as doodling and drawing faces would be better described as simple exercises rather than projects. Poor organization contributes to the title's cluttered feel. Chapters do not present consistent themes, layouts detract from essential information, and a few projects seem out of place, such as a friendship necklace using beads and fishing wire. The one-page combined index and glossary seemingly arbitrarily includes some definitions and projects but leaves out others. Young teens with a desire for extremely simple art projects to create with friends likely will overlook the information-light and disjointed feel. The book could be useful for middle school libraries and public libraries with heavy demand for art or craft titles,
— Lora Morgaine Shinn
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-This colorful book describes how to make a "personal art journal" in order to explore artistic "creativity." There are chapters about creating a special space to work, the tools and supplies needed, and brief descriptions of mediums such as pastels, charcoals, and collage. Several pages discuss color theory. What follows are projects to put in a personal journal, including "a quilt of me," a life-sized self-portrait, and decorated handprints. Throughout the book, "arty facts" discuss art history and "girl talk" quotes suggest topics to explore within oneself to come up with ideas for the journal. However, this book assumes that readers will have money to buy such expensive materials as pastels, watercolors, handmade paper (for journal pages), etc.-Cathie Reed, The Montessori School, Lutherville, MD Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894379298
  • Publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/2/2002
  • Series: Girl Zone Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning artist and art therapist Mary Wallace spent almost twenty years teaching arts and crafts at the Haliburton School of Fine Arts. She is currently an art teacher in St. Thomas, Ontario, also giving courses in art education. Mary's other books include the Parent's Choice Award winning I Can Make craft series, and the multi-award-winning The Inuksuk Book and Make Your Own Inuksuk, also published by Owl Books.

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Beginning Your Art Journey

What is this thing called art?
It is a creative impulse that is felt, then communicated and expressed.

Are you ready for an amazing journey? Ideas in this book will help you explore and celebrate one of the most incredible creations in the universe -- you! Through these art-making projects, you will find ways to communicate thoughts and feelings using a creative voice that is uniquely yours. Have fun making original expressions of yourself, on your own or with family and friends. Look for Girl Talk like the one on this page to see what other girls have to say about their processes of creativity. And try not to worry about whether your art is "good." Anything you make is part of your journey into the world of creating art.

Girl Talk:
"Art is a language that everybody understands."
-- Sarah

Remember, the activities in this book are suggestions. Feel free to mix and match styles and techniques. You can use almost any technique for the projects -- or invent your own style and discover new ways to make art.

All these art adventures can be experienced over and over again. Each time they will be different, as you continue to develop as a person. Throughout your whole life you will change and grow. Your artistic expressions will be an interesting record of your journey -- they can help capture your feelings and thoughts, ideas and experiences.

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Table of Contents

Getting Started
  • Beginning Your Art Journey
  • Your Personal Art Journal
  • The Creative Spirit

Tools and Techniques
  • Art Materials
  • Color
  • The Language of Art
  • Mixing Media
  • Symbols

Your Creative Space
  • My Treasure
  • My Studio
  • Personality Pot

Exploring Your Creativity
  • My Hand
  • Doodle Drawing
  • Fantasy Find
  • My Gift Stone
  • A Quilt of Me
  • Today I Feel...
  • Life-Size Self Portrait
  • My Garden

Your Way in the World
  • Friendship Necklace
  • Mandala
  • Friends Who Bends
  • Spiral Weaving
  • Illuminated Manuscript
  • My Road

Endings
  • More on Art Expression
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index and Art Words
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Preface


Beginning Your Art Journey


What is this thing called art?

It is a creative impulse that is felt, then communicated and expressed.


Are you ready for an amazing journey? Ideas in this book will help you explore and celebrate one of the most incredible creations in the universe -- you! Through these art-making projects, you will find ways to communicate thoughts and feelings using a creative voice that is uniquely yours. Have fun making original expressions of yourself, on your own or with family and friends. Look for Girl Talk like the one on this page to see what other girls have to say about their processes of creativity. And try not to worry about whether your art is "good." Anything you make is part of your journey into the world of creating art.


Girl Talk:

"Art is a language that everybody understands."

-- Sarah



Remember, the activities in this book are suggestions. Feel free to mix and match styles and techniques. You can use almost any technique for the projects -- or invent your own style and discover new ways to make art.

All these art adventures can be experienced over and over again. Each time they will be different, as you continue to develop as a person. Throughout your whole life you will change and grow. Your artistic expressions will be an interesting record of your journey -- they can help capture your feelings and thoughts, ideas and experiences.

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Introduction

Beginning Your Art Journey

What is this thing called art?
It is a creative impulse that is felt, then communicated and expressed.

Are you ready for an amazing journey? Ideas in this book will help you explore and celebrate one of the most incredible creations in the universe -- you! Through these art-making projects, you will find ways to communicate thoughts and feelings using a creative voice that is uniquely yours. Have fun making original expressions of yourself, on your own or with family and friends. Look for Girl Talk like the one on this page to see what other girls have to say about their processes of creativity. And try not to worry about whether your art is "good." Anything you make is part of your journey into the world of creating art.

Girl Talk:
"Art is a language that everybody understands."
-- Sarah

Remember, the activities in this book are suggestions. Feel free to mix and match styles and techniques. You can use almost any technique for the projects -- or invent your own style and discover new ways to make art.

All these art adventures can be experienced over and over again. Each time they will be different, as you continue to develop as a person. Throughout your whole life you will change and grow. Your artistic expressions will be an interesting record of your journey -- they can help capture your feelings and thoughts, ideas and experiences.

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