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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Perfect book for summertime and rainy PNW days. Favorite projects :: - dream animals - painting like a Fauvist - reverse color landscape painting - watercolor with salt - collage tissue self-portraits - larger than life portraits

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Robin

    As the cover states, this book contains '52 Creative Adventures In Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media.' There are so many projects covered that your little budding artist is sure to be kept busy for quite some time. In fact, you could use this for a year-long curriculum, covering one "lab" (that's what they call the project) a week. The book goes above and beyond by touching on a bit of history as well. For example, in lab 13, 'Painting like a Fauvist," the lab starts off wit As the cover states, this book contains '52 Creative Adventures In Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media.' There are so many projects covered that your little budding artist is sure to be kept busy for quite some time. In fact, you could use this for a year-long curriculum, covering one "lab" (that's what they call the project) a week. The book goes above and beyond by touching on a bit of history as well. For example, in lab 13, 'Painting like a Fauvist," the lab starts off with history on the Fauvist people, "The Fauvists were known for the wild colors they used on representational images." Obviously, it doesn't go into depth on the topic, but it does present enough information to get the curiosity train going. "Who are the Fauvists?" "What did their work look like?" "Who is a famous Fauvist painter?" "What time period was this style of painting famous in?" See what I mean? There are projects such as Charcoal and Acrylic Painting (Lab 15), String Painting (Lab 24), Leaf Prints with Watercolor (Lab 28), and Torn Paper Landscapes (Lab 36) just to name a few. Like I said, it's jam-packed with creative projects to inspire, teach, and encourage your little Picasso. There's a master list of supplies included in the beginning, as well as tips and tricks on setting up an artist studio, so to speak. It ends with a list of resources, places to buy supplies, and a page dedicated to giving credit where credit is due- the contributing artists. It's fun to just flip through and admire the artwork that is pictured. The layout is convenient and lovely, making it easy to just choose a project in no specific order. All and all we greatly enjoy it and I recommend you get a copy as well for a rainy day, if for nothing else.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Haley Mathiot

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I can't say it's bad, because I've taught 95% of the projects before. they're great projects! But as an artist and art instructor, I've seen kids do more than what is in this book (for some of the projects). Some of the projects are very simple things you could find over the internet. Some are things you do in elementary school. It's got a broad mix of really cool projects with a lot of potential, and really dull projects that I know kids don't really respo I have mixed feelings about this book. I can't say it's bad, because I've taught 95% of the projects before. they're great projects! But as an artist and art instructor, I've seen kids do more than what is in this book (for some of the projects). Some of the projects are very simple things you could find over the internet. Some are things you do in elementary school. It's got a broad mix of really cool projects with a lot of potential, and really dull projects that I know kids don't really respond to very well. However, I did find three or four projects that are pretty cool, that I'm definitely implementing aspects of in my extended camp this summer! That being said, this book is great for students who want to do art but don't have any kind of local art class institution, teachers who are looking for a good collection to fit a wide age range, and maybe homeschool parents who want their kids to have art but don't know where to start. Kids art class teacher? not so much. You probably already know them.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    I love the layout of this handy book for art ideas. Each double page show a single lab, 52 in all, complete with step-by-step photos and a "meet the artist" box that highlights the artist whose are inspired the lab. For example: Lab 28- Leaf Prints with Watercolor There is a materials list: card stock, watercolors, black block-printing ink, plexiglass palette, brayer, newspaper, paper towels, leaves (of course!) Think first: What to do to get ready Let's go: Instructions with photos Meet the artist: th I love the layout of this handy book for art ideas. Each double page show a single lab, 52 in all, complete with step-by-step photos and a "meet the artist" box that highlights the artist whose are inspired the lab. For example: Lab 28- Leaf Prints with Watercolor There is a materials list: card stock, watercolors, black block-printing ink, plexiglass palette, brayer, newspaper, paper towels, leaves (of course!) Think first: What to do to get ready Let's go: Instructions with photos Meet the artist: this one features Judith Heller Cassell

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tif

    Great projects and I love that each project has a "Meet the Artist" section with links to contemporary or historical artists. I always love the working artist or art history connection!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Relyn

    This would be a fun resource for my classroom.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    While this a colorful book full of instruction, it contains little in new ideas. Most of the projects will remind you of elementary school art class or ideas you have seen on the internet. Having them all in one compact source might be helpful for me to have at the art center, but I would have to think long and hard about the investment involved in putting this on our book shelves. Disclaimer: An electronic version of this book was given to me by NetGallery in exchange for a fair and honest review While this a colorful book full of instruction, it contains little in new ideas. Most of the projects will remind you of elementary school art class or ideas you have seen on the internet. Having them all in one compact source might be helpful for me to have at the art center, but I would have to think long and hard about the investment involved in putting this on our book shelves. Disclaimer: An electronic version of this book was given to me by NetGallery in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bronwyn

    Excellent source of ideas or labs including drawing, painting, printmaking, and mixed media. The printmaking ideas are the best and I can my wait to give them a try! Everything is explained clearly with visuals.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Mosley

    A set of lessons that are more for K-4. Some fun ideas! The book is laid out with many pictures and examples of projects.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mercedes

    Educational! But all the children photographed are white. Disappointing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Myaprilsea

    creative painting book for kids. a good guide for home art works.

  12. 5 out of 5

    TimsGlitterBug

    Great ideas to help kids explore a variety of artists mediums in creative ways.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    so much inspiration! Great ideas for sharing with kids. Love love love

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Lee

    This was a great book for those looking for ideas when working with children. I was hoping for some beginner techniques that I didn't yet know, but I knew most of the information because of my background of being a mother, helping in classrooms, babysitting and being a Girl Scout leader. This doesn't mean it's a bad book, I just knew the stuff already. I would recommend it for anyone who is working with children and looking for ways to get them interested in arts and crafts who don't know where This was a great book for those looking for ideas when working with children. I was hoping for some beginner techniques that I didn't yet know, but I knew most of the information because of my background of being a mother, helping in classrooms, babysitting and being a Girl Scout leader. This doesn't mean it's a bad book, I just knew the stuff already. I would recommend it for anyone who is working with children and looking for ways to get them interested in arts and crafts who don't know where to begin!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christine Turner

    "Susan Schwake's Art Lab for Kids is a well-thought-out guide, making it easy to introduce art into children's lives. Simple, clear explanations of technique, combined with inspiration from established artists, will enable children to feel successful and encouraged to explore art as a form of expression." - Rebecca Emberley, best-selling children's book author and illustrator " Art Lab for Kids will make a valuable contribution to the literature of children's creative art experiences for teachers "Susan Schwake's Art Lab for Kids is a well-thought-out guide, making it easy to introduce art into children's lives. Simple, clear explanations of technique, combined with inspiration from established artists, will enable children to feel successful and encouraged to explore art as a form of expression." - Rebecca Emberley, best-selling children's book author and illustrator " Art Lab for Kids will make a valuable contribution to the literature of children's creative art experiences for teachers and others who believe in the value of art in the education of all children. The activities are adaptable to learners of all levels and are highly creative and challenging while balancing the artistic process with the potential for a meaningful product. This book will be an important addition to our program in art teacher education." - Bill Haust, Chairman, Department of Art Education, Plymouth State University " Art Lab for Kids encourages all ages to be fearless in seeking and nurturing their creativity. With lessons, inspiration, and advice, Susan Schwake gives you the tools to find and explore your artistic side." - Kathreen Ricketson, found and editor of http://www.whipup.net and http://www.action-pack.com A refreshing source of ideas for creating fine art with children, Art Lab for Kids encourages the artist's own voice, marks, and style. This fun and creative book features 52 fine 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. Lisa Congdon, Megan Bogonovich, and Amy Rice are just a few of the artists included. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hand-on fine art experiences. The lessons in this book are open-ended to be explored over and over--with different results each time! Colorful 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. Children of all ages and experience levels can be guided by adults and will enjoy these engaging exercises. Subjects Art -- Technique An art camp could be baised on this book. ct

  16. 4 out of 5

    liberal sprinkles

    I liked the wide range of art and craft labs in the book. Although many of the ideas will not be new to people who are used to making art or crafting, I think the book is a good collection of techniques and a helpful resource on creating with kids. In fact, many adults would likely find it useful too. The author Susan Schwake gives a simple guide to techniques on drawing, painting, printmaking, papercrafting and mixed media art. Some are really easy to do with even young kids. The instructions a I liked the wide range of art and craft labs in the book. Although many of the ideas will not be new to people who are used to making art or crafting, I think the book is a good collection of techniques and a helpful resource on creating with kids. In fact, many adults would likely find it useful too. The author Susan Schwake gives a simple guide to techniques on drawing, painting, printmaking, papercrafting and mixed media art. Some are really easy to do with even young kids. The instructions are clear, although the lessons are basic and more of a guide than detailed step-by-step tutorials on creating specific finished projects. So if you're looking for detailed techniques on how to draw a face or what to do to get different tones, this may not be the book for you. However, it's a great source of ideas and excellent if you're ready to just experiment and play. I also liked the "Meet the Artists" sections, where different artists are introduced - a great introduction to kids and adults alike.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Really excellent book for parents, teachers and librarians. I have notes on many of the projects and can see adapting the ideas into my own art projects for the kids at the library. The only chapter I wasn't clear on was printmaking. I would have liked a better understanding of how to start that process. Otherwise, very clear and concise instructions, with pictures and lists of needed materials.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Loffelmachers

    I'm planning on using this book to help me develop an art curriculum for the before and after school program that I work for. After reading through the book I have to say that the projects are great, the supplies are reasonably accessible, and the directions are clear and simple. Each project guides students towards their final product, but leaves enough room for you to ask open ended questions about their creative choices.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    art explorations for kids (and grownups). These are more about process than product, more about learning techniques and experimenting than anything else--great for low-pressure activities to encourage kids' creativity and experimental thinking. Many of the activities will require specific art supplies/materials, but they all look like they would produce charming artwork from even the lesser talented individuals.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    The Art Lab for Kids is a workshop-style exploration of different art techniques. It has 52 project-based activities, for example leaf-prints with watercolour, stencils, and making paper landscapes. Personally, I find this book to be a broad exploration of different art techniques rather than inspirational.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen A.

    Very attractive book. Good simple art projects. Many will remind parents of old elementary and middle school art projects. But they are still good projects and seeing them represented in an attractive way with fresh ideas will make you want to do them again with your kids. Great gift for the arty person in your life.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Last year I worked at a before/after school program and the kids just loved doing art projects. I got so many good ideas from this book. The open ended projects allowed for creative exploration and were great for the wide range of ages that I worked with.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brie Peters

    Great ideas. Just sad my gelatine plate didn't work - followed their directions! :(

  24. 5 out of 5

    Candy

    Great ideas for teaching art at my kids school and also inspiration for myself to develop my personal creativity.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    there are a couple ideas in here I think would be great for a teen art program at the library.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Meira Berger

    Looks like a nice resource for teaching art classes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elga Welan

    great ideas with clear step by step instructions :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    F.P.

    Definitely not just for kids!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jocelynne Broderick

    So so so much fun stuff in here! And not just for kids! I'm putting it on my to-buy list but I may just borrow it from the library again.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Not Just for Teachers I think anyone who wants to explore their artistic side would have fun with the projects in this book. Great for all kinds of group activities.

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