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

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

by MaryAnn F. Kohl, Kim Solga

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Great American Artists for Kids : Hands-on Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ArtsyKids More than 1 year ago
I am always looking for art books to use with my own children and with my elementary classroom. Art was removed from our schools for who knows what ridiculous reason, but that doesn't mean we won't have art. I have art every day in my classroom. It helps to have the connection to great masters, and "Great American Artists for Kids" is superb. I don't need expensive materials or unusual supplies for my kids to enjoy the projects from this book, just the regular stuff like glue, tempera, and so forth. Liquid watercolors seem to be a staple of this book and I buy mine at Discount School supply. They last all year! Art tissue (bleeding kind) is another staple. One of my favorite things about the book is that it is in full color, both showing great artists' artworks as well as examples of art by children. (I love the profile pictures drawn by children.) I recommend this book to home school mothers and fathers, to after school care, to daycares, to elementary teachers of all grades, and to parents who want to have some cool stuff at home for kids to do besides video games. My own kids' (ages 4 and 7) favorite project so far is Wayne Thiebaud (tay-boh) "Yummy Cake Painting". It's just an easy watercolor painting of cakes or pastries, but add scented extracts to the paints and provide candy sprinkles and redhots and other cake decorating materials to glue to the painting when it's done. They also love the Alexander Calder "Rocking Stabile". Last, I wanted to say that the publisher's website has direct "click to's" for each great artist so you can go directly to one of their artworks to show the kids. http://www.brightring.com/americanartists.html I give this 5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an elementary classroom teacher, I have used Kohl's art lessons with students for many years. Discovering Great Artists has been my favorite book. Her child-tested and easy-to-use lessons are perfect for introducing kids to the styles of great artists. Kohl's latest book, Great American Artists for Kids is superb. The Chart of Contents outlines artists, art activities, art styles, techniques, etc. Each lesson includes brief background on the artist, concise list of materials, clearly-written instructions and examples of student artwork...in color. This is a 5-star book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
MaryAnn Kohl has written many super art books with lots of ideas for Process Art for kids. I like this one because of the color images -- and of course because of the art activities themselves. But it's the color that has my attention. Not only does it show color pictures of great art, it also has lots of kids' full color artworks too. The color is fun for kids to see. I understand her website has direct clicks to famous artworks too. Nice job!
brightring More than 1 year ago
Enjoy trying the styles of techniques of American's greatest artists from Colonial times through the present. All you need are common art supplies and a little space to create. Each art project includes full color artworks by the masters and/or great kid artists. The book is getting rave reviews for educational excellence. No expertise is needed.... just be ready and willing to create art. The author's favorite page is a Wolf Kahn style project using colored chalk, as well as a surreal photographic project in the style of Skoglund. Kids especially love the Audubon and Rockwell art projects. Check out the author's website for free ideas from the book. www dot brightring dot com
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. MaryAnn has found a way to involve all the ways a child learns to teach about famous artists. You can hear about an artist, you can see their works, but when a child actually has a hands-on activity to learn about the artist, it becomes 'imprinted', strongly, in their minds. I can't recommend this book enough for any teacher who wants to share the joy of art and artists with their children. Being in full color is also beautiful. Well done!
brightring on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
75 great American artists are introduced through open-ended art activities allowing kids to explore great art styles from colonial times to the present. Each child-tested art activity presents a biography with full color artwork and techniques covering painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, architecture, and more. Special art options are included for very young children. FULL COLOR. 144 pages. ages 4-12 A Collection of Creative Hands-On Art Appreciation Activities for Children 4-12 To Inspire a Life-Long Love of Art.The activities are so interesting when based in the style of the famous artist. I especially love: 1. the Andy Warhol activity, 2. Romare Bearden activity, and 3. Dale Chihuly activity. Kids are bonkers for these! They emulating great American artists while doing their own creative thinking.