The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity

The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity

by Jean Van't Hul

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Overview

Bring out your child’s creativity and imagination with more than 60 artful activities in this completely revised and updated edition

Art making is a wonderful way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage creative activities for ages one to eight. From setting up a studio space in your home to finding the best art materials for children, this book gives you all the information you need to get started. You’ll learn how to:
* Pick the best materials for your child’s age and learn to make your very own
* Prepare art activities to ease children through transitions, engage the most energetic of kids, entertain small groups, and more
* Encourage artful living through everyday activities
* Foster a love of creativity in your family

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611807202
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 543,324
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jean Van’t Hul helps parents, caregivers, and teachers share art with the kids in their lives through her blog, The Artful Parent, her books, art classes, online courses, and kids art club.
She lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Foreword MaryAnn F. Kohl xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1 Preparing for Art

1 Saying Yes to Art 3

2 An Exploratory Approach to Art 13

What Is Process Art? Why Is It Creative? MaryAnn F. Kohl 21

3 Planning for Art 23

4 Making Space for Art 33

5 Gathering Art Materials 47

6 Encouraging Your Budding Artist 63

Connecting with Children through Talking about Their Art by Judith Rubin 70

7 Drawing with Confidence and Creativity 73

8 Sustaining Inspiration 85

Music Melissa Garrett 95

Hummingbirds, Pebbles, and Maps by Susan-Marie Swanson 101

9 Storing, Displaying, and Sharing the Art 103

Part 2 Artful Activities

10 First Forays into Art 116

11 Quick and Easy Art 130

12 Getting Fancy 148

Exploring Clay Cathy Weisman Topal 168

13 Action Art 172

The Exploration Tool Kit Keri Smith 188

14 Quiet Activities for Downtime and Transition 190

Playful Exploration of Art Ideas and Materials Rachelle Doorley 208

15 Art for Playdates, Parties, and Groups 210

Success with Group Art Julie Liddle 231

16 Homemade Art Materials to Make and Enjoy 234

Acknowledgments 249

Artful Parent Resources 251

Index of Art Activities 265

About the Contributors 273

About the Author 276

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