Friday, April 13, 2012
art lab for kids (review)
I ordered this book with the hope that it would arrive in time for some spring break art. My son is away on his big 8th grade trip, and I knew there would be lots of time to spend with my littlest artist. I have a million books about art, craft and creativity with children... some date as far back as my teaching days and a few are essentially "antiques" from the nursery school I was born into- my grandmother's. Did I really need another? Well, we've just scratched the surface of the 52 art lessons included, and I'm feeling like it was a worthwhile purchase. I have two of Quarry's other Art Lab books (for adults), and I always enjoy how each lesson "shares and relates to the work of a contemporary artist and their own unique style." I also appreciate how each project is presented: the layout and organization is very inviting. I am thinking that this approach works even better as a children's book. We loved going through the pages together and bookmarking our favorites. Right away we decided to try scribble drawings.
After letting a pencil glide around in a circular motion... aimlessly on paper. Each artist looks for images to appear in the "scribbles". It's likened to searching for pictures in clouds. Once a rainbow, monkey, or penguin (who knows what you might find) are discovered, it's highlighted and colored in. This was a such a wonderful exercise in loosening up and seeing with new eyes. We both had a great time!
Next up were dream animals...
Art Lab for Kids would make a wonderful addition to any home or classroom with elementary age children and up. Many of the projects lend themselves to teenagers, as well... which means it's a perfect book for families with mixed aged kids looking for a book to bridge the years! It's divided into drawing, painting, paper, collage and mixed media and I can't wait to dive in more deeply. The printmaking chapter might be first!
Susan Schwake's Art Lab for Kids definitely gets my thumbs up!