Sneaky Art: Crafty Surprises to Hide in Plain Sight

Sneaky Art: Crafty Surprises to Hide in Plain Sight

by Marthe Jocelyn
     
 
Made you look! Kids will uncover their inner guerrilla artist as they sneak funny art projects into surprising places to make people smile!

For young artists, tricksters, and crafters, here is a hip, friendly how-to manual for creating removable and shareable art projects from easily found materials. The sneaky part is in the installation! Each work of art is

Overview

Made you look! Kids will uncover their inner guerrilla artist as they sneak funny art projects into surprising places to make people smile!

For young artists, tricksters, and crafters, here is a hip, friendly how-to manual for creating removable and shareable art projects from easily found materials. The sneaky part is in the installation! Each work of art is custom-created for display in public places — a tiny cork-bottomed boat in a public fountain, a plate of tiny paper cupcakes on your teacher’s desk, a penny left on the ground for a stranger, a funny message left on your mother’s bathroom mirror, and more. This utterly unique guide — part craft book, part art-philosophy — offers a stylish and sweet "made-you-look-twice" spirit of fun meant to put a smile on the faces of strangers and loved ones alike.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
With bright photos illustrating the project in action, an appealing design, and easy-to-follow instructions, crafty (and sneaky) kids are going to love this—and may want to hide and catch the discoverer of their handiwork. Fun all the way around.
—Booklist (starred review)
Children's Literature - Lisette Baez
With this exciting new book concept, being "sneaky" is not a bad thing. All you need is your imagination, some simple craft supplies and places to hide your new, fun art projects. What is also exciting is a lot of the materials used are recyclable. Look for things like newspaper, cereal boxes, old greeting cards or even juice box containers. Sneaky art projects can pop up anywhere from school, a local grocery store, the library or even the street you live on. Leave a "Lucky Penny" for someone to find to brighten their day. It is as simple as taking a penny and pasting it on brightly colored card stock paper and then adding a unique message. Some ideas can include "Pick me up" or "Lucky Day." You can also quickly turn a cupcake liner into a fortune cookie and leave an inspiring message for someone. Create a "Cup Dangler" with all those extra paper clips you may have laying around. All you need to do is add a gummy fish candy and then place it on the rim of any mug or cup. It will be exciting to wait for smiles from your sneaky art victims. Each project is easily explained with easy to follow instructions and provides a list of the household materials needed. A photograph accompanies each project to provide ease and inspiration. This book is sure to turn around any day and fuels the imagination of those young and old. Reviewer: Lisette Baez
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—From sweet to silly to sly, this collection of visual surprises will offer crafty tricksters plenty of inspiration. Intended purely for fun-like a good April Fool's joke-an introductory note cautions against ill intent or damage to property. Additional introductory material outlines sources for tools and supplies (mostly stuff found in homes and classrooms), lettering, and "Getting Sneaky!" which addresses the where, when, and how of pulling off the pranks. Involvement ranges from the practically spontaneous "Seeing Red," requiring simply a bit of brightly colored yarn or pipe cleaners wrapped around some dreary exterior surface, to more involved offerings like "Taglines," a gift-tag-styled greeting for attaching to a locker or backpack. Several ideas, like "Post a Poem," using sticky notes, or "Library Shouts," promoting favorite books, offer classroom and special-day fodder. Each idea, accompanied with a full-page color photo, begins with suggestions on where to install the surprise, lists materials, gives construction directions in from one to six easy steps, and then shares "How to Sneak." Several projects have ideas for variations using different materials or changing the design slightly. Set this one out and expect surprising things to begin happening soon.—Carol S. Surges, Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI
Kirkus Reviews
First there were guerrilla knitters, now sneaky artists. Folks who want to create fun, temporary works of art for public places will have plenty of inspiration here. Novelist and picture-book writer Jocelyn turns her talents to crafty things. Using everyday objects, preferably things pilfered from a recycling bin, people can unleash their inner artists to make whimsical creations out of buttons, twist ties, old magazines and cards, paper plates and other common items. Introduced with the proviso that these objets d'art be "easy to install and effortless to remove," each project is designed for fun. With photos showing faces made of cut-out noses, eyes and mouths from magazines, amusing speech bubbles, adorable paper creations in matchboxes, tiny paper clotheslines, and Swedish fish hanging off of coffee cups, among others, this is an April Fooler's dream come true. Wouldn't it be fun to sneak a little cork boat into a public fountain and watch the reactions? Or leave a penny on colorful paper and see if someone picks it up? Teachers could adapt some of the ideas for the classroom, like making encouraging locker tags or leaving funny speech bubbles inside favorite books. Scout leaders will find new ideas here as well. Good fun, even for those who do not consider themselves artists. (Nonfiction. 8 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763656485
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/26/2013
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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From the Publisher
With bright photos illustrating the project in action, an appealing design, and easy-to-follow instructions, crafty (and sneaky) kids are going to love this—and may want to hide and catch the discoverer of their handiwork. Fun all the way around.
—Booklist

Meet the Author

Marthe Jocelyn is the author of Mable Riley as well as several other novels, and the author-illustrator of a number of picture books. She lives in Canada.

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