Primary Art: It's the Process, Not the Product

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Primary Art is the newest book in award-winning author MaryAnn Kohl's art series, with more than 100 projects that offer amazing results to delight and teach children ages 5--8. A unique characteristic of Primary Art is that each art experience has three parts; it is introduced by a simple activity, progresses to a more experienced level, and finishes with a more intricate primary art experience. With this book, teachers, parents, after-school caregivers, and anyone working with children will encourage ...

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Overview

Primary Art is the newest book in award-winning author MaryAnn Kohl's art series, with more than 100 projects that offer amazing results to delight and teach children ages 5--8. A unique characteristic of Primary Art is that each art experience has three parts; it is introduced by a simple activity, progresses to a more experienced level, and finishes with a more intricate primary art experience. With this book, teachers, parents, after-school caregivers, and anyone working with children will encourage creativity, promote the process of art exploration, and appreciate the significance of the resulting art. Activities are sure to please, such as "Shimmer Paint," painting on aluminum foil with tempera and dish detergent, "Squeezy Batik," a batik resist using a flour-water mixture and watercolors, "Crinkle Scruncher," crinkled paper formed into sculptures, and "Jellie Dangles," ornaments made with gelatin!

Key features of this book:

  • Activities are presented from quick-and-easy to multifaceted.
  • Three-part projects offer exploration of the qualities and properties of art materials, an introductory art experience, and a third project that builds upon the introduction.
  • Everyday materials are listed to capture the imagination of primary children.
  • Each individual's artwork will reflect individual creativity, not a pre-made sample or mock-up.
  • All projects have icons that designate time requirements, adult involvement, materials, and experience level for artists.
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It is always a disappointment to find an art book, especially one for kids, that is illustrated with black-and-white line art. Color is so important. There are over 150 art experiences described in this book. The most interesting are the more advanced projects making three-dimensional objects. Wire figures are made with heavy gauge wire. Human figures are made with paper and brads for joints. Papier-mGchT abstract sculptures stand on blocks of Styrofoam. A three dimensional map is constructed with salt dough. Bending and squeezing aluminum foil is a great way to build figures or other objects. Newspaper can be wadded up and held in shape with masking tape to create unique and expressive sculptures. Each project has a symbol code that lets the reader know if adult supervision is necessary, how long it will take, and its level of complexity. Not too exciting from a visual point of view, but there are some creative ideas and projects to be found in this collection. 2005, Gryphon House, Ages 6 to 12.
—Kristin Harris
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876592830
  • Publisher: Gryphon House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,461,937
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning author MaryAnn F. Kohl has written 14 books for Gryphon House, and is a regular featured columnist for Parenting Magazine. She has written the best-selling favorites Preschool Art, The Big Messy Art Book, Making Make-Believe, MathArts, and First Art. She is co-author of Global Art and Cooking Art with Jean Potter. MaryAnn lives in Bellingham, Washington.
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