I have a wonderful Arty book giveaway for you today (open to both US and UK): Art Lab for Kids, by Susan Schwake.
A fantastic book containing 52 art projects – exploring all sorts of different tools and media – from pastels, to scribble drawings, to printing making, to collages. All the arty stimulation to keep you inspired and motivated for the whole year (and probably longer).
Wonderfully laid out – with a Meet the Artist Section (perfect for you “Kids Get Arty” project), Materials, Planning and Doing. Finally a small section on “Going Further” – giving you ideas of what else you could to enhance your art or use the technique again.
I also like how Susan shows her students – of all age groups doing different projects. Which makes me feel confident that we will get many years use out of it and that my children will rediscover projects again and again, whilst also learning a little about “real” artists.
Great projects. Great photos. Great book.
I am sure you will be inspired!
Now a little more about the author – Susan Schwake
1. What is your art background?
I went to school for art/art education at Playmouth State University here in New Hampshire. I started my little art school in 1993 out of a church school room. It grew and grew over the years into different studios and finally to my dream spot – artstreamstudios! During the growing stages I worked as artist in residence at many different schools and community organizations with a wide range of people.
2. What first got you into art?
Crayons and my love of computer paper (in that day it was all connected with perf lines, so you could have a really long mural if you wanted to!)
3. Why do you think it is important to teach children about art?
I believe we are born creative people and that the creative skill set is the most important tool a person can possess. It is the creative person who can answer the most challenging needs and teaching art in a nurturing, positive way beginning at childhood paves the way for that to develop.
4. Many grown ups say “I can’t do art” or “I wouldn’t know where to start with my kids?” What is your number 1 piece of advice to a “non arty” parent to help them and their children on an arty journey?
Give your child the space and time and tools to create. Set aside time for that to happen.
5. How do I start exploring art with my children?
Of course I would recommend my book as a guide, but really very first I would start with nature – take a walk in a park, the woods, or a garden and soak up all the details. Stop and smell the flowers, check out the stones, look for patterns!
6. What should be in my basic art box?
A good basic art kit: paper, pencils, crayons, scissors, gluestick, watercolors, tempera set, brushes.
7. Any advice for parents whose children “simply are not interested” in either doing art or looking at art?
Make a sandcastle at the beach, a snow person in winter, cut out your own shapes of cookie dough, try some soap crayons in the tub, scribble on the paper placemat when you go out to dinner. There’s a few ways to get it all started!
Sooooo would you like to win your very own copy of Susan’s Art Lab for Kids?
All you have to do, is leave a comment below – telling us, what YOU find most challenging about doing art or crafts with your children! (Then maybe we can address some of the issues for you!!)
You don’t have to .. but I know Susan would appreciate a “like” on Facebook too. Then get your regular inspiration direct from the author!
- Winner will be picked at random
- Open to US and UK only
- Giveaway closes on 20 July 2012