Open A Book to Discover A World of Creative Possibilities

 

 

 When children are given opportunities to explore, discover and create they develop skills, which can be applied to other areas of their lives; such as creativity and problem solving. So, open a book to expand the possibilities in your child’s life. 

 A Book about Color by Mark Gonyea.

A Book about  simple building blocks of color, shape, and design to introduce young artists to the world of color theory.


 

Beginning Techniques

Preschool Art, Drawing: It's the Process, Not the Product! by MaryAnn F. Kohl 

Award-winning author MaryAnn Kohl is a favorite of educators and parents.  Preschool Art: Drawing encourages children to be successful problem-solvers and experience the joy of exploration and discovery while making art fun and accessible for all ages.

Elementary

1-2-3 I Can Collage! by Irene Luxbacher.

 This book in the Starting Art series provides an introduction to all the materials kids need to collage. They'll learn collage techniques, such as cut-paper and torn-paper, decoupages, found objects, patterns and weaving. The seven dazzling sea-creature projects include a flying fish, an octopus and a starfish family. Budding artists will proudly say, "I can collage!"

1-2-3 I Can Draw! by Irene Luxbacher.

Offers clear, step-by-step illustrated techniques for creating fun and appealing art projects that lead to discovery and a real sense of accomplishment while also introducing art concepts such as color, form, and texture.

Advanced

Drawing: The Only Drawing Book You'll Ever Need To Be the Artist You've Always Wanted To Be by Kathryn Temple.

With this imaginative, informative, and amply-illustrated guide to drawing, it's amazingly easy for kids to make those art dreams come true. After a brief overview of tools and materials, the entertaining hands-on activities begin with contour drawing techniques. With the help of lots of exercises, budding artists will learn the basic elements of shapes (lines, dots, circles) and see how to combine them to make familiar forms. They'll find out how to produce the illusion of volume with shading techniques; create perspective; accurately recreate landscapes, people, animals, and nature; develop interesting compositions; and more.

If You Checkout Only One Book Make It This One

Hooked on Art! : 265 Ready-to-Use Activities in Seven Exciting Media by Jenean Romberg.

For all elementary classroom teachers and art specialists, this unique resource offers over 200 complete, ready-to-use art lessons in seven stimulating creative media. Each of the seven "Discovery Units" provides an introduction to a specific medium (paper, tissue, crayon, watercolor, tempera, mobiles or printing), a checklist of materials, and easy-to-follow illustrated directions.