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Preschool Art: It's the Process, Not the Product!

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Over 200 activities encourage children to explore and understand their world through art experiences that emphasize the process of art, not the product. The first chapter introduces basic art activities appropriate for all children, while the subsequent chapters, which build on the basic activities in the first chapter, are divided by seasons. Activities are included for painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and construction. Indexes organized by art medium and project name help teachers plan. 260 pages.

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Overview

Over 200 activities encourage children to explore and understand their world through art experiences that emphasize the process of art, not the product. The first chapter introduces basic art activities appropriate for all children, while the subsequent chapters, which build on the basic activities in the first chapter, are divided by seasons. Activities are included for painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and construction. Indexes organized by art medium and project name help teachers plan. 260 pages.

• Benjamin Franklin Award

• Early Childhood News Director’s Award

Preschool Art is a lifesaver . . . All the activities are easy, all are fun—the emphasis here is on the process, rather than specific results—and none require any elaborate materials . . . a real find.—Sesame Street Parents, "Picks for Parents"

"Preschool Art offers help to parents of preschoolers struggling to meet the challenge of their children’s creative impulses. Prodigies aside, most kids this age aren’t interested in the final product; they are into the doing of art . . . . There is no right or wrong way, only their way. Kohl understands. She explains how to make and use many kinds of art materials based on the concept that the process not the product, is important. From old standbys like play dough to new craft discoveries like liquid crayons and frozen balloons, she provides hundreds of ways to enjoy and explore the creative process."—MetroParent, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Kohl offers 250 projects complete with materials, processes and illustrated variations. She also adds practical hints that troubleshoot anticipated problems. The recipes are valuable well beyond the preschool years."—SchoolArts

Other art books by MaryAnn Kohl:
The Big Messy Art Book (Gryphon House), 0-87659-206-X
Cooking Art (Gryphon House), 0-87659-184-5
Global Art (Gryphon House), 0-87659-190-X

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The tag line "it's the process, not the product" tells the reader that these projects are to be experienced. There is no wrong or right way for the project to turn out. Mary Ann Kohl's new book PreSchool Art is filled with easy to execute, fun activities. It is a winner for teachers and parents with its 250 activities arranged by month. The activities are accompanied by clear instructions, illustrations, lists of required materials and icons to provide age, cautionary, and preparation information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876591680
  • Publisher: Gryphon House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 252,244
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning author MaryAnn Kohl has written 14 books for Gryphon House. Her philosophy, “It’s the process, not the product,” guides her writing as she provides open-ended art activities for young children. MaryAnn’s activities focus on the experience of art, not the final product a child creates.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2000

    MaryAnn Kohl's Thoughts

    While reading through the Sesame Street web site, I was surprised and pleased to find a lovely review of Preschool Art. I knew I loved this book, but was pleased to find out Carol Lynn Mithers, writer and mother of a four year old, does too. She says, 'I have a feeling that Melissa will run out of childhood before I use up this book. It's a real find.' I think what Carol found out is that this book is great for ALL ages, not just preschool. In fact, I have used it with middle school kids who have created some amazing art experiences! I love art. I love kids. How much happier could I be than to have such a wonderful book to share my enthusiasm and expertise for both! Projects are organized by seasons and also by art materials, which is the most helpful part of all! Each page is one project, too. Keep it simple, they say. And each page has icons to help the busy reader find projects that are just right for the moment, to find them quickly. Write to me if you like this book (or any of my books) to maryann@brightring.com, MaryAnn Kohl.

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