Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-on Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters

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"Great American Artists for Kids" Is A Collection of Creative Hands-On Art Appreciation Activities for Children 4-12 To Inspire a Life-Long Love of Art

75 great American artists are introduced through open-ended art activities allowing kids to explore great art styles from colonial times to the present. Each child-tested art activity presents a biography with full color artwork and techniques covering painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, architecture, and more! Special art options for very young children ...

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Overview

"Great American Artists for Kids" Is A Collection of Creative Hands-On Art Appreciation Activities for Children 4-12 To Inspire a Life-Long Love of Art

75 great American artists are introduced through open-ended art activities allowing kids to explore great art styles from colonial times to the present. Each child-tested art activity presents a biography with full color artwork and techniques covering painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, architecture, and more! Special art options for very young children are included.

“Great American Artists for Kids” activities include:

75 great American artists are introduced through open-ended art activities allowing kids to explore great art styles from colonial times to the present. Each child-tested art activity presents a biography with full color artwork and techniques covering painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, architecture, and more! Special art options for very young children are included.

“Great American Artists for Kids” activities include:

AndyWarhol – Package Design
Bev Doolittle – Camouflage Draw
Dale Chihuly – Pool Spheres
Edward Hicks – Peaceable Collage
Maya Lin – Memorial Plaque
Jasper Johns - Encaustic Flag
Janet Fish – Glass Still Life
Joseph Raffael – Shiny Diptych
Jim Dine – Heart Works
Roy Lichtenstein – Comic Sounds
Thomas Jefferson –Clay Keystone
Ansel Adams – Friendly Portrait
Currier & Ives – Assembly Color
Edward Hopper – Wash Over
Grant Wood – Gothic Paste–Up
Wolf Kahn – Layered Pastel
Jackson Pollock– Great Action Art
Mary Cassatt – Back Draw Monoprint
Louis Comfort Tiffany – Bright Window
Hans Hofmann – Energetic Color Blocks
Rube Goldberg – Contraption
Georgia O'Keeffe – Paint with Distance

“Just seeing this book is a thrill! It shows art at its fullest and liveliest and brings oat and inspires the would-be artist in all of us! The spirit of creativity streams off its pages. What a gift the authors have given student and teacher, child and adult alike, and indeed art itself. Looking at the book makes me want to rush into the studio and paint!
~ Joseph Raffael
Great American Artist

HANDS-ON ART EXPLORATION FOR
SCHOOL • HOMESCHOOL • MUSEUMS
LlBRARIES • CHILDCARE • HOME

ART ACTIVITIES • EDUCATION • PARENTING

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About the creators of "Great American Artists for Kids" -

MaryAnn Faubion Kohl is the award-winning author of “Storybook Art”, “Discovering Great Artists” and many other titles. She presents internationally, writes for numerous magazines, consults, and owns Bright Ring Publishing. MaryAnn lives in Bellingham, Washington.

Kim Solga is the author of "Draw!", "Paint!", "Make Prints!", and other books. Her articles on arts and crafts appear regularly in national education and parenting magazines. Kim owns KidsArt, an art supply catalog, and lives in Mt. Shasta, California.

Rebecca Van Slyke, kids' art editor, writes and illustrates children's books and has taught second grade for over twenty years.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Great Words From Great People

"Just seeing this book is a thrill. It shows art at
its fullest and liveliest and brings out and
inspires the would-be artist in all of us! The
spirit of creativity streams off its pages.What a
gift the authors have given student and
teacher, child and adult alike, and indeed art
itself. Looking at the book makes me want to
rush into the studio and paint!"
~Joseph Raffael
American artist

"Among many other emphases, "Great
American Artists for Kids" focuses children
on the delight of putting one color directly next
to or on top of another color, as opposed to
filling in black outlines which normally occur in
conventional coloring books."
~Wolf Kahn
New York, NY
American artist

"As a Museum Curator of Education who
believes in making art, art history and artists
come alive, it is rare to find such an amazing
resource. Everything about "Great American
Artists for Kids" is a fun and very creative
educational experience. I think this book is
something every person, young and old, who
values and is interested in art and creativity
must have. I will be using this book for
inspiration."
~ Lucy Perera-Adams
Curator of Education
Harwood Museum of Art / Taos

"Thank you for the opportunity to view your
new book, "Great American Artists for Kids".
What a wonderful learning tool for children
and adults alike.Very well done!"
~ Carrie Rodamaker,
Programs Director,
Frank Lloyd Wright /
Taliesin Preservation Inc.
Spring Green,Wisconsin

" "Great American Artists for Kids" is an
inspiration to those with no art history
experience as well as seasoned educators
looking for a new touch on open-ended art
lessons for kids of all abilities. Every library,
home, school, and museum will find it a
valuable resource. Follow history while exploring
hands-on art. The value of owning this book?
Priceless!"
~ Diane Keen
K-12 Art Educator

"Art is an essential element in the education of
children, and this full-color book provides the
inspiration that every teacher or parent needs
to encourage young artists to create in a
personal way.The range of American artists
and techniques covered in "Great American
Artists for Kids" provides all the information
needed to begin creating art today. This book
is a treasure!"
~ Dr. Rebecca Isbell
Director of the Center of
Excellence in Early Childhood
Learning and Development,
East Tennessee State University

" "Great American Artists for Kids" is ideal for
home-schoolers who want a solid art
foundation with American art appreciation in
one single colorful swoop.The activities are
unique, clear, and use accessible materials. I
especially like that it takes very young artists
into account. I couldn’t ask for a better
homeschooling book for providing creative art."
~ Brandy Bergenstock
Homeschool Educator,Virginia

"The Morse Museum of American Art is very
pleased that Tiffany has been included in this
children’s creative art activity book as one of
America’s great artists. "Great American
Artists for Kids" will provide wonderful
opportunities for children to experience not
only Tiffany’s techniques, but also the styles of
other great American artists."
~ Ava Maxwell
The Charles Hosmer Morse
Museum of American Art
Winter Park, Florida

"I have taught for over 23 years and have
never seen such a comprehensive, all encompassing,
important and fun resource for children and parents alike. "Great American
Artists for Kids" is a remarkable
masterpiece and a “must-have!” It should be
required for aspiring art teachers and history
majors in every college around the world."
~ Faye Barber-Floyd
Art Teacher, Wisconsin

"The arts, whether performing or visual, are
essential to a child’s learning process. "Great
American Artists for Kids" not only
introduces the American Masters to children, it
also makes connections by including their
works. Artistic production is very subjective.Too
often viewers do not understand what it is
they are seeing. This book will help nurture
young viewers to new ways of seeing and
thinking.Thank you for sharing this wonderful
book with me."
~ Patricia Relay, Administrator
Washington Art Consortium
Bellingham, Washington

Wolf Kahn
Focuses children on the delight of putting one color directly next to or on top of another color, as opposed to filling in black outlines.
Patricia Relay
Wonderful book. (Patricia Relay, administrator, Washington Art Consortium Bellingham, Washington)
Lucy Perera-Adams
It is rare to find such an amazing resource. (Lucy Perera-Adams, curator of education, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico)
Ruth V. Roberts
How refreshing! (Ruth V. Roberts, Indianapolis Museum of Art)
Carrie Rodamaker
Very well done! (Carrie Rodamaker, programs director, Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Preservation, Inc., Spring Green, Wisconsin)
Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
From the producers of the art teacher's staple Discovering Great Artists comes a new all-American version. Like a hands-on art history text, Great American Artists for Kids offers more than 70 art experiences that teach not only about the artist but how the artist achieved his or her work. Presented in chronological order, children can explore a variety of art media, styles and techniques as they take a journey through American art from John S. Copley to Chuck Close. Although it will be tempting to dive right into the projects, the introductory text gives an overview of how to use the book and emphasizes the importance of helping children focus on artistic process rather than product. Icons on each page quickly highlight how much time the projects will take, the level of difficulty, the art techniques used, as well as the art style the project falls under. From "Assembly Line Coloring" to "Super-Size Sculpture" each project is sure to bring hours of fun and discovery. Perhaps most engaging are the full-color reproductions of children's work in the artist's style, showing not only how well-researched the book is, but also the amazing range of our children's creativity. Whether used by an art teacher at school or parents at home, this is an excellent resource for helping children go beyond crayons and watercolors. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935607000
  • Publisher: Bright Ring Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Bright Ideas for Learning
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 225,431
  • Age range: 2 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

MaryAnn F. Kohl is the author of "Scribble Art", "Mudworks", "First Art," "Preschool Art," and 15+ other titles. Titles are listed below.

Kim Solga is the editor or author of books in the Art and Activities for Kids series, including "Art Fun!" and "Craft Fun!" Other titles are listed below.

Both Kohl and Solga are coauthors of "Discovering Great Artists" and "Great American Artists for Kids".

Kohl's Bright Ring website and Solga's KidsArt website both have great art resources and free activities for kids.

TITLES BY MARYANN F KOHL-
• Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Kids in the Styles of the Great Masters (WITH SOLGA)
• Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters (WITH SOLGA)
• Storybook Art: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of 100 Great Picture Book Illustrators
• Scribble Art: Independent Creative Art Experiences for Children
• Mudworks: Creative Clay, Dough & Modeling Experiences
• Mudworks Bilingual: same as Mudworks, in both Spanish & English ebook only
• ScienceArts: Discovering Science Through Art Experiences (with Potter)
• Good Earth Art: Environmental Art for Kids
• Preschool Art: It’s the Process, Not the Product
• First Art: Art for Toddlers and Two’s
• MathArts: Discovering Math Through Art Experiences
• Cooking Art: Edible Art for Kids
• Global Art: Activities, Projects, & Inventions from Around the Word
• Making Make-Believe: Props, Costumes & Creative Play Ideas
* Art with Anything: 52 Weeks of Fun with Everyday Stuff

TITLES BY SOLGA-
• Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters (WITH KOHL)
• Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters (WITH KOHL)
• Art Fun! (Art & Activities for Kids)
• Paint! (Art and Activities for Kids)
• Craft Fun! (Art & Activities for Kids)
• Make Cards! (Art and Activities for Kids)
• Draw! (Art and Activities for Kids)
• Make Costumes!: For Creative Play (Art and Activities for Kids)
• Make Gifts! (Art & Activities)
• Make Clothes Fun! (Art and Activities for Kids)
• Make Crafts! (Art and Activities for Kids)
• Make Prints! (Art and Activities for Kids)
• One-Hour Nature Crafts (with J. Haynes)

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INTRODUCTION

"Great American Artists for Kids" offers children
hands-on activities to explore the styles and
techniques of America’s greatest artists, from colonial
times to the present day. Each art process focuses on
one style and one artist. A brief biography and
portrait of each artist adds depth and interest to the
art project.An option for very young children is
offered for most activities. All young artists will create
their own artwork using a technique or material that
reflects the work of the great master.The most
important aspects of the activities are exploration,
discovery, and individual creativity.

"Great American Artists for Kids" offers seventy-five
artists selected from hundreds of greats.The selection
process was based on artists whose styles, histories,
techniques, and artworks appeal to children of all
ages. Many artists could not be included, but they are
not forgotten! The companion book, Discovering Great
Artists, has one hundred artists to explore, many of
whom are American.We hope you enjoy researching
them all and seek out those artists who were not
included in this volume. Perhaps you’ll see them in
one of our new books in the future. Visit
the Bright Ring website for links to artists from all over
the world.

"Great American Artists for Kids" is a book of
exploration.Young children are more often interested
in the process of art than iin their finished product.
They may or may not show interest in the related art
history or art appreciation. But they will be soaking
up the information! Many will be curious and eager to
know more about an artist’s life, what the artist’s
world was like, and how it influenced or inspired the
artist’s style.The information on each page is offered
as a reference and inspiration for learners. Don’t be
surprised if children begin to collect knowledge about
different artists and styles of art the way they collect
baseball cards or dinosaur statistics.

"Great American Artists for Kids" introduces children
to the masters of American art. Many great artists will
have familiar names, like Cassatt,Warhol, and
O’Keeffe. Other names may be new, such as Asawa,
Smithson, and Magee. Each featured artist has a style
that is accessible to children, and a life history that
will inspire and interest them.

"Great American Artists for Kids" encourages kids to
learn from doing as they become familiar with new
ideas. If a child experiences composing a painting with
the bleached-bone and desert-landscape shapes of
Georgia O’Keeffe, then that child will feel more
comfortable as an older student studying O’Keeffe’s
works. Imagine visiting the Museum of Modern Art in
New York City and seeing in person those same
works by O’Keeffe! Many children have expressed
that it’s like meeting an old friend.

The activities in "Great American Artists for Kids" are
open-ended.The most important thing for children is
to explore new art ideas and techniques, celebrating
their own unique art styles, abilities, and interests. It is
up to each young artist to decide exactly how his or
her work of art will turn out and what direction it
will take. Independent thinking is encouraged, and
differences are celebrated as skills and responsibility
are enhanced through individual decisions.

"Great American Artists for Kids" has been carefully
organized and presented to make its use easy, quick,
inspiring, and useful. It is divided into chapters where
artists are grouped by the years they have been most
artistically active.The chapters are color-coded so
that flipping through the book becomes a comfortable
way to find artists, art activities, or artworks by style
or technique.The icons are also color-coded, as is the
Chart of Contents. Most artists’ pages show an
original piece by the artist or a fine child’s work in
the artist’s style.When an artist’s work is not shown,
a website is given where art may be readily seen.A
full list of Internet sites is offered for viewing all
artists’ works in the Resource Guide, pp.128-129.The
Index has just about everything you can think of,
including listings by artists’ names, art activity names,
and art materials. Last but not least, the artists’
birthdays are listed in the Resource Guide to assist in
planning art celebrations, learning, and just plain fun.
"Great American Artists for Kids" encourages children
to read books, visit museums and libraries, use the
Internet, collect information, and look at the world in
new ways.They will begin to encompass a greater
sense of history and art appreciation while seeing
their world in new perspective. Perhaps they will be
inspired to carry art in their hearts as they grow and
develop.They are already great artists in every sense
of the word.

"Great American Artists for Kids" offers art activities
to expand the creative experience and awareness of
children in all aspects of the visual arts through
painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography,
and many other experiences with art materials.The
activities in this book are for all ages and abilities,
from the most basic skill level to the most challenging.
Repeat projects often, and discover new outcomes
and learnings each time. Repetition brings comfort
with art process and surprising growth in art
technique and skills.

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Table of Contents

Chart of Contents

6-7 Introduction
8-9 Icons
10-12 Chart of Contents

13-32 Early American Art-Chapter 1

14-15 John S. Copley Narrative Drama 1738-1815
Realist, Narrative
16 Thomas Jefferson Clay Keystone Arch 1743-1826
Architect, Classical
17 Gilbert Stuart Painted Crackle Crayon 1755-1828
Realist, Portrait
18-19 Edward Hicks Peaceable Collage 1780-1849
Primitive
20-21 John James Audubon Draw Bugs ‘n Critters 1785-1851
Realist, Naturalist
22-23 Frederic Remington Face Casting 1861-1909
Realist
24-25 Mary Cassatt Monoprint Back-Draw 1844-1926
Impressionist, Printmaker
26 Harriet Powers Felt Appliqué 1837-1910
Primitive, Quilter
27 Nathanael Currier Assembly Line Coloring 1813-1888
Illustrator, Printmaker
27 James Ives Assembly Line Coloring 1824-1895
Illustrator, Printmaker
28-29 Louis Comfort Tiffany Bright Light Window 1848-1933
Glass Artist, Art Nouveau
30 James McNeill Whistler Side-View Portrait 1834-1903
Realist
31 John Singer Sargent Great Reproduction 1856-1925
Realist
32 William Sidney Mount Real Painting 1807-1868
Realist

33-52 New American Ideas-Chapter 2

34-35 Edward Hopper Feelings Wash Over 1882-1967
Realist
36-37 Frank Lloyd Wright Bubble Window 1867-1959
Architect, Glass
38 Gutzon Borglum Carved Clay 1867-1941
Realist
39 Grandma Moses Busy Season 1860-1961
Primitive, Folk Art
40 Hans Hofmann Energetic Color Blocks 1880-1966
Abstract Expressionist
41 Charles Demuth Homage Portrait 1883-1935
Precisionist
42-43 George Bellows Sports Figures 1882-1925
Realist, Ashcan School
44-45 Joseph Cornell Box Assemblage 1903-1972
Surrealist, Assemblage
46 Maria Martínez Coil Pottery 1887-1980
Potter, Traditional
47 Elijah Pierce Bas Relief Clay Carving 1892-1984
Folk Art
48-49 Horace Pippin Daily Picture Diary 1888-1946
Primitive
50 Thomas Hart Benton Hero Mural 1889-1975
Regionalist
51 Rube Goldberg Invent A Rube Goldberg 1883-1970
Cartoonist, Illustrator
52 Grant Wood Gothic Paste-Up 1891-1942
Regionalist

53-98 American Art Explodes-Chapter 3

54-55 Norman Rockwell Magazine Cover 1894-1978
Illustrator, Romanticist
56-57 Ansel Adams Friendly Portrait 1902-1984
Photographer, Realist
58 Alexander Calder Rocking Stabile 1898-1976
Abstract
59 Walt Disney Playground Model 1901-1966
Designer, Animator
60-61 Charles Biederman Edgy Relief 1906-2004
Constructionist
62 Mark Rothko Color-Field Panel 1903-1970
Abstract Expressionist
63 Willem de Kooning Intertwining Ribbons 1904-1997
Abstract Expressionist
64-65 Barbara Cooney Scratchboard Illustration 1917-2000
Illustrator
66-67 Buckminster Fuller Tetrahedra Sculpture 1895-1983
Architect, Inventor
68 Jackson Pollock Great Action Art 1912-1956
Abstract Expressionist
69 Saul Steinberg Squiggle Talk 1914-1999
Cartoonist, Illustrator
70-71 Romare Bearden Mixed Montage 1911-1988
Expressionist, Photomontage
72-73 Theodor Seuss Geisel Suessels 1904-1991
Illustrator
74-75 Wolf Kahn Layered Soft Pastel 1927-
Abstract Expressionist
76-77 Richard Diebenkorn Tissue Stain 1922-1993
Abstract Expressionist
78 Jasper Johns Encaustic Flag on Wood 1930-
Post-Abstract Expressionist
79 Andy Warhol Package Design 1928-1987
Pop Art
80-81 Wayne Thiebaud Yummy Cake Painting 1920-
Pop Art
82-83 Roy Lichtenstein Comic Sounds 1923-1997
Pop Art
84-85 Robert Indiana Very Special Stamp 1928-
Pop Art
86-87 Ruth Asawa Dough Panel 1926-
Expressionist
88 Helen Frankenthaler Soak Stain 1928-
Abstract Expressionist
89 Agnes Martin Ruled Stamp Wash 1912-2004
Minimalist
90 Elizabeth Catlett Balsa Block Print 1915-
Printmaker
91 Georgia O’Keeffe Painting with Distance 1887-1986
Expressionist
92-93 LeRoy Neiman Action Athlete 1921-
Post-Abstract Expressionist
94-95 Claes Oldenburg Super-Size Sculpture 1929-
Pop Art
094-95 Coosje van Bruggen Super-Size Sculpture 1942-
Pop Art
096-97 Keith Haring Subway Chalk 1958-1990
Pop Art, Graffiti
098 Robert Smithson Spiral Earth Art 1938-1973
Land Art

099-126 American Art Onward-Chapter 4

100-101 Roy De Forest Foil Friend 1930-2007
Funk Art
102 Fritz Scholder Foam Brush Faces 1937-2005
Neo-Expressionist
103 Sandy Skoglund Surreal Tableau Photo 1946-
Surrealist, Photography
104-105 Joseph Raffael Mega-Shiny Diptych 1933-
Realist, Contemporary
106-107 Faith Ringgold Wish Quilt 1930-
Narrative, Fabric
108 Jim Dine Heart Works 1935-
Pop Art
109 Frank Stella Concentric Paint 1936-
Abstract Minimalist
110-111 Alan Magee Rock On 1947-
Realist
112-113 Chuck Close Color Grid 1940-
Photorealist
114 Jewell James Sanded Wood Spirits 1953-
Wood Carver, Traditional
115 Pepón Osorio Trinket Sculpture 1955-
Installation
116 Beverly Buchanan Shack Sculpture 1940-
Folk Art, Primitive
117 Maya Lin Memorial Plaque 1959-
Architect
118-119 Bev Doolittle Camouflage Mixed Media 1947-
Concept painter
120-121 Dale Chihuly Pool Spheres 1941-
Installation, Glass
122-123 Kara Walker Free-Hand Silhouette 1969-
Installation, Silhouette
124-125 Janet Fish Still Life with Glass 1938-
Realist
126 Julian Schnabel Masked Form 1951-
Neo-Expressionist

127-142 Resource Guide
128-129 Internet Sites
130-132 Great Art Words
133 Great Art Styles
134-135 Credits & Acknowledgements
136 Artists’ Birthdays
137-141 Index

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

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    Art Smart!

    I am always looking for art books to use with my own children and with my elementary classroom. Art was removed from our schools for who knows what ridiculous reason, but that doesn't mean we won't have art. I have art every day in my classroom. It helps to have the connection to great masters, and "Great American Artists for Kids" is superb. I don't need expensive materials or unusual supplies for my kids to enjoy the projects from this book, just the regular stuff like glue, tempera, and so forth. Liquid watercolors seem to be a staple of this book and I buy mine at Discount School supply. They last all year! Art tissue (bleeding kind) is another staple. One of my favorite things about the book is that it is in full color, both showing great artists' artworks as well as examples of art by children. (I love the profile pictures drawn by children.) I recommend this book to home school mothers and fathers, to after school care, to daycares, to elementary teachers of all grades, and to parents who want to have some cool stuff at home for kids to do besides video games. My own kids' (ages 4 and 7) favorite project so far is Wayne Thiebaud (tay-boh) "Yummy Cake Painting". It's just an easy watercolor painting of cakes or pastries, but add scented extracts to the paints and provide candy sprinkles and redhots and other cake decorating materials to glue to the painting when it's done. They also love the Alexander Calder "Rocking Stabile". Last, I wanted to say that the publisher's website has direct "click to's" for each great artist so you can go directly to one of their artworks to show the kids. http://www.brightring.com/americanartists.html I give this 5 stars.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    Kohl's Great American Artists for Kids is awesome!

    As an elementary classroom teacher, I have used Kohl's art lessons with students for many years. Discovering Great Artists has been my favorite book. Her child-tested and easy-to-use lessons are perfect for introducing kids to the styles of great artists. Kohl's latest book, Great American Artists for Kids is superb. The Chart of Contents outlines artists, art activities, art styles, techniques, etc. Each lesson includes brief background on the artist, concise list of materials, clearly-written instructions and examples of student artwork...in color. This is a 5-star book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

    LOVE the color art images!

    MaryAnn Kohl has written many super art books with lots of ideas for Process Art for kids. I like this one because of the color images -- and of course because of the art activities themselves. But it's the color that has my attention. Not only does it show color pictures of great art, it also has lots of kids' full color artworks too. The color is fun for kids to see. I understand her website has direct clicks to famous artworks too. Nice job!

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  • Posted October 31, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    Full color for a fair price, and FUD

    Enjoy trying the styles of techniques of American's greatest artists from Colonial times through the present. All you need are common art supplies and a little space to create. Each art project includes full color artworks by the masters and/or great kid artists. The book is getting rave reviews for educational excellence. No expertise is needed.... just be ready and willing to create art. The author's favorite page is a Wolf Kahn style project using colored chalk, as well as a surreal photographic project in the style of Skoglund. Kids especially love the Audubon and Rockwell art projects. Check out the author's website for free ideas from the book. www dot brightring dot com

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2008

    An original concept that will teach history through hands-on art!

    This book is amazing. MaryAnn has found a way to involve all the ways a child learns to teach about famous artists. You can hear about an artist, you can see their works, but when a child actually has a hands-on activity to learn about the artist, it becomes 'imprinted', strongly, in their minds. I can't recommend this book enough for any teacher who wants to share the joy of art and artists with their children. Being in full color is also beautiful. Well done!

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