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Art Lab for Kids

Written by Susan Schwake, Rainer Schwake

Part of the Lab for Kids Series

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If you are looking for a book to educate, inspire and tool children to create their own masterpieces, then this is it. Although they'll need your help to support their creativity.

Art Lab for Kids is a refreshing source of wonderful ideas for creating fine art with children. This step-by-step book offers 52 fun and creative art projects set into weekly lessons, beginning with drawing, moving through painting and printmaking, and then building to paper collage and mixed media.

Each lesson features and relates to the work and style of a contemporary artist and their unique style. Have fun exploring: drawing by creating a whimsical scene on a handmade crayon scratchboard. painting by using watercolors and salt to create a textured landscape. printmaking by using lemons, celery, mushrooms, and other produce to make colorful prints. paper by creating an expressive self-portrait using pieces of colored tissue paper. mixed media by making insects from patterned contact paper and watercolor pencils.

Art Lab for Kids is the perfect book for creative families and friends, and this gives you hours of arty and creative fun for the budding artist.

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Art Lab for Kids Synopsis

Art Lab for Kids is a refreshing source of wonderful ideas for creating fine art with children. This step-by-step book offers 52 fun and creative art projects set into weekly lessons, beginning with drawing, moving through painting and printmaking, and then building to paper collage and mixed media. Each lesson features and relates to the work and style of a contemporary artist and their unique style. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hands-on fine art experiences. Grouped by medium, the labs are set up loosely to build skills upon the previous ones; however, you can begin anywhere. Have fun exploring: drawing by creating a whimsical scene on a handmade crayon scratchboard. painting by using watercolors and salt to create a textured landscape. printmaking by using lemons, celery, mushrooms, and other produce to make colorful prints. paper by creating an expressive self-portrait using pieces of colored tissue paper. mixed media by making insects from patterned contact paper and watercolor pencils. Color photos illustrate how different people using the same lesson will yield different results, exemplifying the way the lesson brings out each artist's personal style. Art Lab for Kids is the perfect book for creative families, friends, and community groups and works as lesson plans for both experienced and new art teachers. The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus-all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.

Art Lab for Kids Press Reviews

Written by a couple who run a successful combination art gallery and art school for children, this book presents the authors' most popular art projects for youngsters, covering an ambitious range of materials and techniques. This guide offers a greater-than-average number of open-ended and inventive projects that can be taught to younger children and teens alike. Each project is paired with an example of a work by a modern master or living artist. Many photographs illustrate techniques and show children deeply engaged in creativity. VERDICT: Recommended particularly for teachers and parents.

- Library Journal I love Susan's Art Lab series and reference them in the Art Studio often. They're easy to follow, full of images, and directed at open-ended exploration - exactly the kind of reference I need for my own busy home.

- Meghan Burch, Art Studio Educator, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA

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ISBN: 9781592537655
Publication date: 17/01/2012
Publisher: Quarry Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781592537655
Publication date: 17th January 2012
Author: Susan Schwake, Rainer Schwake
Publisher: Quarry Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 144 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Art

About Susan Schwake, Rainer Schwake

Susan Schwake is an artist, art educator, and curator from New Hampshire, USA. She is author of the best-selling Art Lab for Kids series of books. Rainer Schwake is a versatile and talented media designer holding a master's degree in graphic design. His photography has been used in hundreds of business- and arts-related design works for print and websites. He is co-owner of artstream studios (www.artstreamstudios.com) and lives with his wife, Susan, in Rochester, New Hampshire.

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