Great American Artists for Kids Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters by MaryAnn F. Kohl, Kim Solga

Great American Artists for Kids Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters

Written by MaryAnn F. Kohl, Kim Solga
Illustrated by
Part of the Bright Ideas for Learning (TM) Series


Great American Artists for Kids Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters by MaryAnn F. Kohl, Kim Solga

75 great American masters are introduced through open-ended quality art activities allowing kids to explore great art styles from colonial times to the present. Each child-tested art activity presents a biography, full color artwork, and techniques covering painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, architecture, and more. Special art options for very young children are included. Many great artists will be familiar names, like Cassatt, Warhol, and O'Keeffe. Other names will be new to some, like Asawa, Smithson, and Magee. Each featured artist has a style that is interesting to children, with a life history that will entertain and inspire them. Sample of some of the artists and companion activities: Andy Warhol - Package Design Bev Doolittle - Camouflage Draw Dale Chihuly - Pool Spheres Maya Lin - Memorial Plaque Jasper Johns - Encaustic Flag Joseph Raffael - Shiny Diptych Roy Lichtenstein - Comic Sounds Thomas Jefferson - Clay Keystone Edward Hopper - Wash Over Grant Wood - Gothic Paste-Up Wolf Kahn - Layered Pastel Jackson Pollock - Great Action Art Mary Cassatt - Back-Draw Monoprint Louis Comfort Tiffany - Bright Windows Hans Hofmann - Energetic Color Blocks Rube Goldberg - Contraption Georgia O'Keeffe - Paint with Distance 2009 Moonbeam Children's Bronze Award 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award


Great Words From Great People Just seeing this book is a thrill. It shows art at its fullest and liveliest and brings out and inspires the would-be artist in all of us! The spirit of creativity streams off its pages.What a gift the authors have given student and teacher, child and adult alike, and indeed art itself. Looking at the book makes me want to rush into the studio and paint! ~Joseph Raffael American artist Among many other emphases, Great American Artists for Kids focuses children on the delight of putting one color directly next to or on top of another color, as opposed to filling in black outlines which normally occur in conventional coloring books. ~Wolf Kahn New York, NY American artist As a Museum Curator of Education who believes in making art, art history and artists come alive, it is rare to find such an amazing resource. Everything about Great American Artists for Kids is a fun and very creative educational experience. I think this book is something every person, young and old, who values and is interested in art and creativity must have. I will be using this book for inspiration. ~ Lucy Perera-Adams Curator of Education Harwood Museum of Art / Taos Thank you for the opportunity to view your new book, Great American Artists for Kids . What a wonderful learning tool for children and adults alike.Very well done! ~ Carrie Rodamaker, Programs Director, Frank Lloyd Wright / Taliesin Preservation Inc. Spring Green,Wisconsin

Great American Artists for Kids is ideal for home-schoolers who want a solid art foundation with American art appreciation in one single colorful swoop.The activities are unique, clear, and use accessible materials. I especially like that it takes very young artists into account. I couldn't ask for a better homeschooling book for providing creative art. ~ Brandy Bergenstock Homeschool Educator,Virginia The Morse Museum of American Art is very pleased that Tiffany has been included in this children's creative art activity book as one of America's great artists. Great American Artists for Kids will provide wonderful opportunities for children to experience not only Tiffany's techniques, but also the styles of other great American artists. ~ Ava Maxwell The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art Winter Park, Florida I have taught for over 23 years and have never seen such a comprehensive, all encompassing, important and fun resource for children and parents alike. Great American Artists for Kids is a remarkable masterpiece and a must-have! It should be required for aspiring art teachers and history majors in every college around the world. ~ Faye Barber-Floyd Art Teacher, Wisconsin The arts, whether performing or visual, are essential to a child's learning process. Great American Artists for Kids not only introduces the American Masters to children, it also makes connections by including their works. Artistic production is very subjective.Too often viewers do not understand what it is they are seeing. This book will help nurture young viewers to new ways of seeing and thinking.Thank you for sharing this wonderful book with me. ~ Patricia Relay, Administrator Washington Art Consortium Bellingham, Washington

About the Author

MaryAnn F. Kohl is the author of Scribble Art , Mudworks , First Art, Preschool Art, and 15+ other titles. Titles are listed below. Kim Solga is the editor or author of books in the Art and Activities for Kids series, including Art Fun! and Craft Fun! Other titles are listed below. Both Kohl and Solga are coauthors of Discovering Great Artists and Great American Artists for Kids . Kohl's Bright Ring website and Solga's KidsArt website both have great art resources and free activities for kids. TITLES BY MARYANN F KOHL- * Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Kids in the Styles of the Great Masters (WITH SOLGA) * Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters (WITH SOLGA) * Storybook Art: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of 100 Great Picture Book Illustrators * Scribble Art: Independent Creative Art Experiences for Children * Mudworks: Creative Clay, Dough & Modeling Experiences * Mudworks Bilingual: same as Mudworks, in both Spanish & English ebook only * ScienceArts: Discovering Science Through Art Experiences (with Potter) * Good Earth Art: Environmental Art for Kids * Preschool Art: It's the Process, Not the Product * First Art: Art for Toddlers and Two's * MathArts: Discovering Math Through Art Experiences * Cooking Art: Edible Art for Kids * Global Art: Activities, Projects, & Inventions from Around the Word * Making Make-Believe: Props, Costumes & Creative Play Ideas * Art with Anything: 52 Weeks of Fun with Everyday Stuff TITLES BY SOLGA- * Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters (WITH KOHL) * Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters (WITH KOHL) * Art Fun! (Art & Activities for Kids) * Paint! (Art and Activities for Kids) * Craft Fun! (Art & Activities for Kids) * Make Cards! (Art and Activities for Kids) * Draw! (Art and Activities for Kids) * Make Costumes!: For Creative Play (Art and Activities for Kids) * Make Gifts! (Art & Activities) * Make Clothes Fun! (Art and Activities for Kids) * Make Crafts! (Art and Activities for Kids) * Make Prints! (Art and Activities for Kids) * One-Hour Nature Crafts (with J. Haynes)

More books by this author

Other Formats

Book Info


144 pages


MaryAnn F. Kohl, Kim Solga
More books by MaryAnn F. Kohl, Kim Solga


Publication date

1st July 2008



A great way to introduce kids to great books, authors & genres. Parents can find age-appropriate books to share with their children.

Judi Davies – Aberdare Girls Sch

I love Lovereading4kids because I get an opportunity to put my opinion forward and to try new books

Elosie Clarkson – age 11

We love Lovereading4kids because it promotes reading choices, new authors and a sense of community for children of all ages!

Rachel Bridgeman

I love ‘LoveReading 4 kids’ because they let you read and learn things you’d never dreamed of learning before.

Emily Horncastle – age 11

We love Lovereading as my 5 year old loves to read new books before anyone else has a chance, she says it makes reading exciting!

Tracey Chorley

I am so pleased to have signed my kids up as they are reading a much wider range of books and even choosing books out of their comfort zone.

Angela East

I love Lovereading as it provides an honest opinion and showcases a range of fiction. Suited to both parents & kids alike, it’s a must-use.

Georgie Rowe – age 16

I think Lovereading4kids is an amazing company because of the friendly staff and the fabulous chance to read great books before publication.

Adam Graham

Lovereading 4 schools