The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity--Includes over 60 Art Projects for Children Ages 1 to 8

The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity--Includes over 60 Art Projects for Children Ages 1 to 8

by Jean Van't Hul

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590309643
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 512,220
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Jean Van’t Hul, mother of two, lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina. She has been writing about children’s art and creativity on her blog, The Artful Parent, since 2008. A graduate of Wellesley College with a major in art history and studio art, Jean worked in various art and nonprofit fields before devoting her time to writing and raising kids. She loves to share process-oriented art, seasonal crafts, and joyful learning opportunities with her own daughters and through her children’s art groups, her magazine articles, and on her blog. To see what artful adventures her family is up to, visit www.ArtfulParent.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword MaryAnn F. Kohl ix

Introduction: Saying Yes to Art xiii

Part 1 Preparing for Art

1 An Exploratory Approach to Art 3

What Is Process Art? Why Is It Creative? MaryAnn F. Kohl 15

2 Planning for Art 17

3 Making Space for Art 29

4 Gathering Art Materials 49

5 Encouraging Your Budding Artist 79

Connecting with Children through Talking about Their Art Judith Rubin 88

6 Sustaining Inspiration 91

Hummingbirds, Pebbles, and Maps Susan-Marie Swanson 112

7 Storing, Displaying, and Sharing the Art 115

Part 2 Artful Activities

8 First Forays into Art 131

Having Fun with Crafts Cassi Griffin 146

9 Quick and Easy Art 149

Using Recycled Materials for Art and Craft Projects Maya Donenfeld 165

10 Getting Fancy 167

Exploring Clay Cathy Weisman Topal 190

11 Action Art 195

The Exploration Tool Kit Keri Smith 220

12 Quiet Activities for Downtime and Transition 223

Playful Exploration of Art Ideas and Materials Rachelle Doorley 240

13 Art for Playdates, Parties, and Groups 243

Success with Group Art Julie Liddle 266

14 Homemade Art Materials to Make and Enjoy 269

The Natural Artist Diana Mercer 294

Acknowledgments 296

Artful Parent Resources 298

Index of Art Activities 310

About the Contributors 316

Photo and Illustration Credits 320

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