Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-on Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters by MaryAnn F. Kohl, Kim Solga |, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-on Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters

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

by MaryAnn F. Kohl, Kim Solga
     
 

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

Overview


75 great American masters are introduced through open-ended quality art activities allowing kids to explore great art styles from colonial times to the present. Each child-tested art activity presents a biography, full color artwork, and techniques covering painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, architecture, and more. Special art options for very young children are included. Many great artists will be familiar names, like Cassatt, Warhol, and O'Keeffe. Other names will be new to some, like Asawa, Smithson, and Magee. Each featured artist has a style that is interesting to children, with a life history that will entertain and inspire them.

Sample of some of the artists and companion activities:
Andy Warhol - Package Design
Bev Doolittle - Camouflage Draw
Dale Chihuly - Pool Spheres
Maya Lin - Memorial Plaque
Jasper Johns - Encaustic Flag
Joseph Raffael - Shiny Diptych
Roy Lichtenstein - Comic Sounds
Thomas Jefferson - Clay Keystone
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 Windows
Hans Hofmann - Energetic Color Blocks
Rube Goldberg - Contraption
Georgia O'Keeffe - Paint with Distance

2009 Moonbeam Children's Bronze Award
2009 Benjamin Franklin Award

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780935607000
Publisher:
Bright Ring Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Series:
Bright Ideas for Learning (TM) Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
464,614
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt


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.

What People are saying about this

Joseph Raffael
Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art in the Styles of Great American Masters (2008) is written in the tradition of my other best-selling art books, that is, it values the child's unique creativity, individual discovery, and joyful exploration of art. Those of us who work with children and their development believe in "Process, not Product", which means that the child's creative process is more important than the finished product. However, the activities presented in this book are also highly satisfying to see and deeply atheistically enriching to enjoy. Each art project is all new and uses easy to find materials like paint and glue, cardboard and ribbon, and other common materials. One of the most exciting aspects of this book is that it is packed with full color images of great masterpieces by great American artists -- and also by amazing children! Over 75 artists are featured, and the color examples of their art are bright and clear and inspiring. My Bright Ring website has sample pages you can download, as well as a full click-to list of masterpiece examples for each of the 75 artists. As the great American artist Joseph Raffael said about this book, "This book 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 this is to young and old alike and indeed art itself. Looking at the book makes me want to rush into my studio and paint!" The child-tested activities are truly inspirational and...FUN!

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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