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Immersed in the natural world, Wild Art Workshop for Kids inspires creativity by connecting kids and their adults to their wilderness roots. In addition to offering a wide variety of fun, collaborative projects using nature as a source for art supplies and inspiration, this book also introduces the concepts of awareness and perception that are fundamental to the creative p Immersed in the natural world, Wild Art Workshop for Kids inspires creativity by connecting kids and their adults to their wilderness roots. In addition to offering a wide variety of fun, collaborative projects using nature as a source for art supplies and inspiration, this book also introduces the concepts of awareness and perception that are fundamental to the creative process. Children will be encouraged to learn new skills, build resilience, and be resourceful as part of an urgent struggle to prevent and undo Nature Deficit Disorder. Rooted in experimentation and an understanding that fun is fundamental to learning, kids will refine their drawing skills, as well as increase their appreciation for the visual arts and the natural landscape. Just some of the projects and skills covered: Making paper and wild inks Painting with mud Crafting your own paintbrushes Making simple stencils and rubbings Wild Art Workshop for Kids encourages you to return to the days when art was made with all-natural materials like charcoal and birch bark.


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Immersed in the natural world, Wild Art Workshop for Kids inspires creativity by connecting kids and their adults to their wilderness roots. In addition to offering a wide variety of fun, collaborative projects using nature as a source for art supplies and inspiration, this book also introduces the concepts of awareness and perception that are fundamental to the creative p Immersed in the natural world, Wild Art Workshop for Kids inspires creativity by connecting kids and their adults to their wilderness roots. In addition to offering a wide variety of fun, collaborative projects using nature as a source for art supplies and inspiration, this book also introduces the concepts of awareness and perception that are fundamental to the creative process. Children will be encouraged to learn new skills, build resilience, and be resourceful as part of an urgent struggle to prevent and undo Nature Deficit Disorder. Rooted in experimentation and an understanding that fun is fundamental to learning, kids will refine their drawing skills, as well as increase their appreciation for the visual arts and the natural landscape. Just some of the projects and skills covered: Making paper and wild inks Painting with mud Crafting your own paintbrushes Making simple stencils and rubbings Wild Art Workshop for Kids encourages you to return to the days when art was made with all-natural materials like charcoal and birch bark.

39 review for Wild Art Workshop for Kids: A Kid's Guide to Making Supplies and Art from Nature

  1. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. This book is a fantastic book about using natural outdoor resources such as berrys, rocks etc to make art resources. Some great ideas that i would have never thought of, however i feel it is abit too advanced for kids to do in some parts of the book and they would need adult assistance and help to do some of them. I think I too would need help and support to do some of them. I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. This book is a fantastic book about using natural outdoor resources such as berrys, rocks etc to make art resources. Some great ideas that i would have never thought of, however i feel it is abit too advanced for kids to do in some parts of the book and they would need adult assistance and help to do some of them. I think I too would need help and support to do some of them. Don't let this fact put you off as this is a good book especially for forest school activities.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    I was so excited to preview this book, as I'm a huge fan of Neddo's book, The Organic Artist, and as I read that I kept trying to think of how to convert his ideas to work with my kids. This book is a deep dive for kids on making your own art materials like charcoal sticks, tempera paints, berry inks, paintbrushes and more. Neddo is as hard core with kids as he is with adults, teaching them how to make tin kilns to make charcoal out of sticks, how to use their own hair (or hair from horses, pets I was so excited to preview this book, as I'm a huge fan of Neddo's book, The Organic Artist, and as I read that I kept trying to think of how to convert his ideas to work with my kids. This book is a deep dive for kids on making your own art materials like charcoal sticks, tempera paints, berry inks, paintbrushes and more. Neddo is as hard core with kids as he is with adults, teaching them how to make tin kilns to make charcoal out of sticks, how to use their own hair (or hair from horses, pets, etc.) to make paintbrushes with sticks, how to crush rocks for pigments for paint and much more. Most of these projects will require an adult's help. To be perfectly honest, I feel like I would need an adult's help to do some of this stuff. Some are suitable for younger kids, like pounding flowers and leaves on paper to make colorful patterns. The projects at the end are more suitable for younger kids too -- things like making paper mache masks. A little of it is the typical "art materials from nature" type of stuff like dipping branches in ink or painting with feathers, but most of it teaches how to make honest to goodness quality tools. I was actually hoping for a bit more of the kinds of art projects we do in our family -- easy, colorful, vibrant ways of using nature for art. There are quite a few kids' projects that I do with natural materials that aren't in this book, such as making playdough with natural dyes, blow painting with elderberry ink (we turn it all different shades by adding acids like vinegar or lemon juice so we have a wide range of hot pink to deep purple -- see https://www.instagram.com/p/BoXkfzPAFS6/), and making mushroom spore prints (all you need are mushrooms and paper, cover them with glass and the mushroom will leave a print by morning -- some mushrooms make gorgeous white prints on black paper and others do various shades on white). Perhaps this has to do with the definition of art and Leddo is more traditional (charcoal, paint, crayons) while I'm thinking more of craft projects as art projects too. That said, this is really a phenomenal book and Leddo is such a gifted artist. Like his grown up book, this one includes some art that he's done with his natural materials and it is phenomenal (most are the same as in that book). This will be an especially good book for kids who like the outdoors and who like to whittle, carve and learn new skills. Kids who like "My Side of the Mountain" and imagine learning those skills will love this one, where they can learn some really advanced, creative ways to make their own art materials. Adults who were intimidated by his first book may enjoy this one but honestly don't expect it to be much easier than his adult one. Both books expect you to do some serious work, it's just that this one will teach you how to make crayons (how cool is that?) and other more child-like materials. I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kitten Kisser

    Quote from the books introduction: This book is a guide for adults to introduce children to the process of making art with nature's materials. This is a wonderful book that gets kids back into nature and off of their electronic devices. Back to playing & creating vs. sitting with a bent neck "experiencing" the world through a sterile screen. The author introduces so many wonderful ways to utilize what the earth provides to create unique works of art. Not only does he show how to make paints, char Quote from the books introduction: This book is a guide for adults to introduce children to the process of making art with nature's materials. This is a wonderful book that gets kids back into nature and off of their electronic devices. Back to playing & creating vs. sitting with a bent neck "experiencing" the world through a sterile screen. The author introduces so many wonderful ways to utilize what the earth provides to create unique works of art. Not only does he show how to make paints, charcoals, & inks, but he also features many photos of his amazing artwork using the media he teaches kids how to make. Because you will want something to draw or paint with, he also shows how to make your own pens, paintbrushes, palette knifes, charcoal holders, crayons, etc. And how to make stencil art with cutouts, hands, & found objects. In one of these tutorials, a picture of knotweed was shown. Knotweed sticks were being used to make stone crayons. Thanks to this picture, I learned something I didn't know. I have Knotweed growing around my outhouse (I own a rural eco farm). I never knew what it was, but thought it might be some type of bamboo. Now that I know I have an invasive species on my farm, I am working on eradicating it sans toxic chemicals. The section on prints starts with the super simple many of us already know: using veggies as a stamp, to using berries, & even what he calls, "pounding plant prints" using a hammer. He also provides instructions on how to do rubbings, eco prints (my favorite), & nature prints. Some of the techniques are incredibly simple & easy to do, while others involve more work & multiple steps. Everything the author teaches encourages kids to explore & create. There is a decent section towards the end of the book on making paper mache. The end is land art, which is rather beautiful & calming. I grew up playing outside. I had the life the author teaches kids in the book. Granted, I didn't do all of these things, but I did creative things in nature every day. It saddens me to see how much things have changed for so many of today's children. We need more folks like Nick Neddo & his books to get kids back into nature, there is nothing better than being outdoors in the fresh air.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    Fabulous educational and kind to the environment! This beautiful book is a splendid opportunity to be creative, connect with nature and collaborate in the preservation of it, in addition to generating less waste. This is one of the author's objectives, also to invite us to develop our aesthetic ability for art, all exemplified with artwork made from handmade materials from the landscape! I was amazed and delighted that Nick Neddo illustrated us that as humanity we have enjoyed painting since the b Fabulous educational and kind to the environment! This beautiful book is a splendid opportunity to be creative, connect with nature and collaborate in the preservation of it, in addition to generating less waste. This is one of the author's objectives, also to invite us to develop our aesthetic ability for art, all exemplified with artwork made from handmade materials from the landscape! I was amazed and delighted that Nick Neddo illustrated us that as humanity we have enjoyed painting since the beginning of human prehistory (400.00 years ago), apparently our extinct hominid direct ancestors (genus Homo) expressed themselves through painting. So in this book we started the adventure by learning to make our own pigments from natural sources such as minerals from rocks. Did you know that egg tempera paint can last up to 3,500 years? It also explains how to make your paintbrush, my favorites are the "chewed stick". In addition to crayons, inks and pens. I remember once I did a sketch with concentrated jasmine tea and beet juice, the color lasted for 2 years before fading (that happens with biological pigments). This book has fantastic information, educating our children to reconnect with the natural world. It is important to become aware that since the industrial era we have been getting sick from toxic pollution and we have the opportunity to creatively change for the future good of our children. Understanding how to obtain these raw materials gives us the opportunity to be less consumer and more free and independent to get our art supplies. Additionally, in the process, children (the whole family and educational centeres) learn to use their creativity to innovate and seek eco-friendly solutions. My sincere appreciation to the Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review the book

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This book is an art book aimed at kids and is about using plants, rocks, and such to make art supplies. The author expects that an adult will supervise the children, but the children will be doing the projects themselves. He included 38 step-by-step projects with (usually) easy-to-find materials. Each project had clear pictures and written instructions for each step. He started with projects about how to make pigment from rocks and how to make that into paint and ink. He covered how to make brush This book is an art book aimed at kids and is about using plants, rocks, and such to make art supplies. The author expects that an adult will supervise the children, but the children will be doing the projects themselves. He included 38 step-by-step projects with (usually) easy-to-find materials. Each project had clear pictures and written instructions for each step. He started with projects about how to make pigment from rocks and how to make that into paint and ink. He covered how to make brushes using hair from yourself or domestic animals and how to make pens from twigs and such. He showed how to make your own drawing charcoal, crayons using beeswax, stamps from vegetables or leaves, and stencils. He also included papier-mâché projects and earth art. It was very interesting to see how these things could be made rather simply from things found outside in nature. Overall, these look like fun projects, and I look forward to trying them with my nieces when they get a little older. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This beautiful book would serve as a wonderful resource for art teachers or other teachers who want to use all-natural materials with children. 'The directions are well written, with photographs clearly showing the steps needed to make ink from walnuts and acorns, pens from sticks, and dyes from berries. A good variety of activities are offered in this book. Most of them will require adult supervision and assistance (such as boiling water for inks and dyes). However, some activities are do-able This beautiful book would serve as a wonderful resource for art teachers or other teachers who want to use all-natural materials with children. 'The directions are well written, with photographs clearly showing the steps needed to make ink from walnuts and acorns, pens from sticks, and dyes from berries. A good variety of activities are offered in this book. Most of them will require adult supervision and assistance (such as boiling water for inks and dyes). However, some activities are do-able completely by the children themselves, including the making of fairy houses and making land art with found objects. Some activities require use of a knife, and the author give tips and suggestions on how to teach children to safely use knives as part of these projects. This is an excellent resource for anyone who works with children and wants to get them outside to interact with nature. As a bonus, this book also includes interesting information on how art and crafting materials were made centuries ago. Highly recommended!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Allyssa (Book Ally)

    I really enjoyed this book! Such beautiful ideas of ways to be creative with your kids in nature without the need to go out and buy art supplies. There are a few things I thought maybe were a bit extreme or for the really enthusiastic but for the most part I found the book to be a great inspiration for myself and my family. Alot of the prompts I had done as a child (and actually as an adult) and thoroughly enjoyed and completely forgot about! Thanks to this book it has reminded how easy, simple I really enjoyed this book! Such beautiful ideas of ways to be creative with your kids in nature without the need to go out and buy art supplies. There are a few things I thought maybe were a bit extreme or for the really enthusiastic but for the most part I found the book to be a great inspiration for myself and my family. Alot of the prompts I had done as a child (and actually as an adult) and thoroughly enjoyed and completely forgot about! Thanks to this book it has reminded how easy, simple and refreshing it can be to get back to nature and back to basics! I will be buying this book so I can grab it off the shelf and find things to do when my daughter and I have creative time. *thank you to netgalley who sent me an arc in exchange for an honest review

  8. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I was so inspired by the ideas and crafts displayed in this book that we might consider this a children's program at our library. I was so fascinated by the twig pens and the acorn ink that I know our children in the community will love every single minute of it and the best part that the materials can be found right i This book was received as an ARC from Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I was so inspired by the ideas and crafts displayed in this book that we might consider this a children's program at our library. I was so fascinated by the twig pens and the acorn ink that I know our children in the community will love every single minute of it and the best part that the materials can be found right in our backyard. I am so find of all of the projects and ideas displayed in this book that I know it will do well in our non-fiction collection and the kids will love it. We will consider adding this title to our non-fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leyla Johnson

    This is an absolutely fabulous book and not only or children, but any artist worth his salts should be looking at this too. Pretend that you want to paint or draw a picture but you have nothing to start with -learn how to get paint and pigment out of rocks, how to use twigs, leaves, pine needles and more to make paintbrushes, or if you are more up market use fur, hair or a stick with a chewed end. Make charcoal sticks to sketch with, crayons with beeswax and pigment and bamboo mould. Then there This is an absolutely fabulous book and not only or children, but any artist worth his salts should be looking at this too. Pretend that you want to paint or draw a picture but you have nothing to start with -learn how to get paint and pigment out of rocks, how to use twigs, leaves, pine needles and more to make paintbrushes, or if you are more up market use fur, hair or a stick with a chewed end. Make charcoal sticks to sketch with, crayons with beeswax and pigment and bamboo mould. Then there are the inks and dyes from plants, stamps to be carved into vegetables, stencils make from plants, hands and ordinary items, and there is lots more. There is so much in this book that will fascinate, teach and create and keep both adults and children enthralled for a very long time. Great book

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leah Horton

    Thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for my honest opinion. This book is really cool. So many natural ways to create beautiful art and this book give some really great instructions on how to accomplish them. From natural paint to leaf imprints this book is a great way to teach your kids about nature while getting their hands dirty.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Witch-at-Heart

    This book exceeded my expectations and is filled with excellent exploration activities for both kids and adults. I learned quite a bit from this book and enjoyed looking through the various techniques. The book has great pictures and instructions. I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Wright

    Have to start off saying that my husband would love this book! Anyone wanting to get their kids into outdoor arts and crafts then this is THE book for you. Make your own paints, brushes, pens and ink are the more extreme projects, but there are also rubbings, prints, and paper mache crafts. Great for any Boy/Girl Scouts, family camping events!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I absolutely love this book! My daughter and I both love art and nature. We were so excited to learn how to use organic materials to make art. Going through this book has been so educational and fun. I love how everything is explained so well and how steps are easy to follow.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarita

    Very cool simple nature based art workshop activities for kids. The difficulty varies enough for projects accessible even for younger children. Wonderful pictures and simple instructions abound, and I look forward to trying some of these projects.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I was intrigued by the premise of this book and was not disappointed, it’s full of excellent ideas for outdoor activities and art exploration. I can’t wait to try some of them out with my children next year. Going to be ordering more copies once it is published for school.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Kahn

    Read my review in School Library Journal.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate TerHaar

    Outstanding! Excellent information on getting artist of any age to make supplies from nature. Many of these project need adult supervision but nonetheless the projects are great for any age.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Gonzalez

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emma

  20. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeni Moore

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Ingram

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Oakley

  24. 4 out of 5

    christinemm

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jillian (PidginPea's Book Nook)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mariah Anoceto

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jane

  28. 5 out of 5

    kristin Cicha-Lovretich

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Dion

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Verardi Knutson

  31. 5 out of 5

    Nora Gardner

  32. 4 out of 5

    Molly

  33. 4 out of 5

    Bethy Young

  34. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Lee

  35. 5 out of 5

    The Quarto Group

  36. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

  37. 4 out of 5

    Katy Emanuel

  38. 5 out of 5

    Shelia

  39. 5 out of 5

    J.S.

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