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Good Earth Art: Environmental Art for Kids (Bright Ideas for Learning)
     

Good Earth Art: Environmental Art for Kids (Bright Ideas for Learning)

by MaryAnn F. Kohl, Cindy Gainer
 

"Good Earth Art" contains over 200 easy fun art projects that develop an awareness of the environment and a caring attitude towards the earth. Projects use common materials collected from nature or recycled. The book is filled with sensible creative ideas to help recycle and reuse through art, for all ages, and includes a charted Table of Contents, two indexes,

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"Good Earth Art" contains over 200 easy fun art projects that develop an awareness of the environment and a caring attitude towards the earth. Projects use common materials collected from nature or recycled. The book is filled with sensible creative ideas to help recycle and reuse through art, for all ages, and includes a charted Table of Contents, two indexes, and a great list of environmental resources.

1992 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award
1992 Midwest Book Association Gold Award for Excellence

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Full of enough projects to keep a classful of inquisitive minds exploring art for years, with materials as close as your garden or the burrs on your sweater."
~ Lynn Johnston, Cartoonist, "For Better or for Worse"

"Celebrate Earth Day every day with "Good Earth Art" ... a book of useful, easy, and important learnings for earth's young citizens."
~ Kim Solga, editor, KidsArt Magazine and author of the Art for Children series

"We have enjoyed MaryAnn as a regular guest on our children's television show, Take Part!, sharing projects from "Scribble Art" and "Mudworks". The creative recycling in "Good Earth Art" is perfect for our young viewers and for our planet."
~ Lois Walker, author, columnist, and host of Take Part!, children's television series

"A wealth of ideas for creating beautiful art utilizing the earth's natural resources as well as recycled materials."
~ Dr. Robert Rockwell, Director of Early Childhood Education, Southern Illinois University, and author of "Hug a Tree" and "Mudpies to Magnets"

School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-- A presentation of craft projects that are supposed to be good for the Earth. However, the use of new plastic bags, aluminum foil, styrofoam, and food products make this claim questionable. Using blocks of cheese for sculpture, even if one eats the results, is wasteful. Using matchboxes (with matches in them) for artwork seems awfully tempting for most children, and the melting of styrofoam and plastic in the oven is dangerous no matter what cautions are given. The inclusion of a thorough index, bibliography, and list of governmental organizations do not add enough to elevate this above most craft manuals. The black-and-white illustrations do not always support the intended projects or make the directions more comprehensible. Although there are a few original ideas, this is a marginal choice for most collections. --Eva Elisabeth Von Ancken, Trinity Pawling School, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780935607017
Publisher:
Bright Ring Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/1991
Series:
Bright Ideas for Learning (TM) Series
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
10.96(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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INTRODUCTION

Who uses Good Earth Art?

Good Earth Art is a resource for all ages, young and old.
Young children explore any project in the book no matter
what the age suggestion, as long as they have appropriate
help. Older children add maturity and experience to even the
most basic project, and will find all projects a challenge or
discovery even if the age suggested is younger than their
own.

Adults using Good Earth Art will enjoy helping children
select suitable projects based on the materials or supplies on
hand, but will also enjoy using the art experiences for their
own creative enjoyment. The authors do!

What about saving materials?

Everyone is encouraged to save and collect supplies rather
than buying a product just to get to the resulting art material.
Some products are not particularly sound for the
environment, and their purchase is not recommended.
However, when left-over plastics, papers, styrofoams, and
other materials are found, saving and using them for art is
better than simply throwing them in the trash. Making use of
existing or left-over materials and product packaging is the
goal rather than purchasing the product.

Schools and offices often have great amounts of throwaways
that can be recycled into art. First look in the Index for
suggested materials, and then start searching for those
materials to save for art projects. You may never have to buy
anything in order to do the projects in Good Earth Art, other
than basic art supplies like paint and glue.

What's special about Good Earth Art?

The art experiences in Good Earth Art enable children to
acquaint themselves with the natural qualities of the earth
such as leaves, rocks, shells, dirt, wind, rain, and sunshine.
Children also learn to observe, create, and remain in touch
with our changing world, and to develop a caring attitude
towards the earth by learning to recycle and use materials for
art rather than throwing them away.
Is it the process of creating or the finished product that
matters in children's art?

Good Earth Art encourages children to explore and create
without worrying about the finished product. Children
experiment, make mistakes, try new ideas of their own, and
enjoy the thrill of the creative process. There is no right way
or wrong way for projects to turn out, just the joyful pleasant
process of the experience.

Given sufficient time for exploration and experimentation in
art, children will refine their work automatically and
independently. They will judge their own results and work
towards their own goals, often with the most incredible,
surprising results!

Explore. Experiment. Create. Enjoy the creative sparkle of
each child.

7 BUILDING BLOCKS TO CREATIVITY

1. Self-Confidence
Respect a child's ideas and efforts. Allow the child to experience
accomplishment by giving his creativity time and space, time to
work out ideas, and by giving imagination a chance.

2. Allow Non-Conformity
Let a child know that it is okay to listen to Thoreau's "different
drummer". It is desirable to break away from what everyone
else is doing.

3. Explore and Think
Encourage a child to think a project through, but first allow
exploration and experimentation without criticism. After experiencing
materials and ideas, thought patterns and plans of action
will fall into place.

4. Exposure
Being introduced to new experiences, cultural events, games,
and activities encourages original thinking and imagining.
Provide materials for a child to explore with no particular
outcome.

5. Respect
A child should be encouraged to respect his own ideas and the
ideas of those around him in order to develop new ideas.
Watching a child too closely can be limiting, as can fostering
competition or restricting choices. Praise freely and sincerely.

6. Imagination Permission
Give permission to the child to embrace imagination freely
without fear of criticism or outside control. People who do not
feel comfortable being imaginative hold themselves back from
creativity. Let imagining feel positive, and yes, even fun!

7. Thinking in New Ways
Encourage thinking in new ways. Try new things. Experiment
and explore and make mistakes. Learning from mistakes handson
is the best teacher available to each child. Encourage the
child to try the opposite way, the untraveled idea, the silly, or
the unusual. Discoveries can be made daily!

Meet the Author


MaryAnn F. Kohl is the author of "Discovering Great Artists", "Scribble Art", "First Art," "Preschool Art," and 15+ other titles. MaryAnn F. Kohl keeps a busy schedule of presentations, workshops, keynotes, and interviews around the country, all year long. She also is active in social media and sends an eNewsletter to her followers each month. Her website is full of art resources and free ideas.

Cindy Gainer is the co-author of "Math Arts" with Kohl, and the author/illustrator of "I'm Like You, You're Like Me." Gainer is working on illustrating and writing children's books.

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