Art Lab for Little Kids: 52 Playful Projects for Preschoolers (Lab Series)
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Developed for the younger set (4-6 year olds) and targeting one of the most critical developmental periods for children, Art Lab for Little Kids is the perfect book for both parents and teachers who are seeking enriching and unique experiences to offer this age group.
As in Susan Schwake’s first book, Art Lab for Kids (Quarry Books, 2012), the Labs can be used as singular projects, or used to build up to a year of hands-on fine art experiences. Each Lab also features the work of a prominent artist for inspiration. The book begins with an introduction on materials and setting up a space for making art. The lessons that follow are open-ended to be explored over and over – with different results each time. They are geared for children being taught or guided by adults and are successful on all levels of experience and age. They do not result in “cookie cutter” end products, but are a method of learning something new each time they are used.
This motivational book stands out as a unique reference for creating fine art with children through finding the student’s own voice, marks and style and with playful lessons that result in significant skill building. Gorgeous photography shows different results from different people using the same lesson, exemplifying the way the lesson brings out each artist’s personal style. Art Lab for Little Kids is a fresh source of creative activities for families and community groups or will work as lesson plans for both experienced and new art teachers in home school, preschool, and kindergarten environments.
newspaper until you reach the top (fig. 3). Cover the inside too! 4. Add two layers of paper mâché over the cups. 5. While the second layer is still wet, begin applying the tissue paper to the vase using the goo on your fingers (fig. 4). 6. Add tissue paper to cover the vase completely and let dry. Add watercolors over the dry tissue if a richer color is desired. Paint a coating of acrylic sealer on the vase to make it shiny. Fig. 1: Tape the third cup. Fig. 2: Begin the paper mâché
greeting cards, ticket stubs, old books, dictionaries, wallpaper sample books, graph paper, ledger paper, gift wrap, and cardboard from cereal boxes. Keep your collection in a box and use a small envelope for tiny pieces that are too beautiful to throw away. Gluing, Tearing & Cutting Paper To keep your artwork safe and not sticky, use a separate sheet of scrap paper when applying the glue to the paper before sticking it on your artwork. Tearing and cutting paper produces two different edges.
pastels or crayons • watercolor paint • watercolor brush • newspaper • wash water Think First: This is a fun way to jump-start your imagination and find surprises in your art! There is a lot of fun being free to make marks (or dots) anywhere on your paper. So throw away your concerns about being perfect, and start making dots! Tip: Younger children may be happiest by simply continuing in black and white. Allow this portion of the lesson to be enough. Go Further • Try using a different
filling in the white space between them or drawing around the spots by following their shapes (fig. 3). Fig. 1: Drop the ink spots. Fig. 2: Blow the ink with a straw. Fig. 3: Draw with oil pastels. Meet the Artist: Tim Wirth Tim Wirth builds square paintings that explore color, shape, and imagery in deceptively simple ways. His distinctive craftsmanship and the combinations of tension, intrigue, and humor in his work have captured the interest of various collectors and critics,
the yellow puddle. Fig. 3: Swirl the colors together. Fig. 4: Make three new colors! Meet the Artist: Leo Lionni Leo Lionni was a celebrated children’s author. His books are still among my favorites. His first book was Little Blue and Little Yellow which he made up for his children during a long train ride. Our family dearly loves every book he wrote. Explore more of his books at your local library or look online at www.randomhouse.com/kids/lionni. Little Blue and Little Yellow