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

by Susan Schwake Author

(From Amazon): "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 and 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.


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  • 1 UNIT 2: DRAWING - Contour Drawings p.28
  • 2 Large-Scale Ink Drawings p.30
  • 3 Scribble Drawings p.32
  • 4 Soft Pastel Drawings p. 34
  • 5 Oil Pastel Drawings p.36
  • 6 Crayon Scratchboard p.38
  • 7 Drawing with an Eraser p.40
  • 8 Drawing Negative Space p.42
  • 9 Oil Pastel Resist p.44
  • 10 Dream Animals p.46
  • 11 UNIT 3: PAINTING - Painting in the Style of... p.50
  • 12 Tiny Paintings on Wood p.52
  • 13 Painting Like a Fauvist p.54
  • 14 Reverse Color Landscape Painting p.56
  • 15 Charcoal and Acrylic Painting p.58
  • 16 Watercolor and Salt Painting p.60
  • 17 Watercolor and Plastic Painting p.62
  • 18 Tempera Trees, Gouache Skies p.64
  • 19 Marker and Acrylic Painting p.66
  • 20 Watercolor Shapes p.68
  • 21 Fingertip Painting on Wood p.70
  • 22 UNIT 4: PRINTMAKING - Found Object Prints p.74
  • 23 Serigraphs/Silk Screen p.76
  • 24 String Printing p.78
  • 25 Polystyrene Plate Printing p.80
  • 26 Monotypes p.82
  • 27 Fruit and Vegetable Prints p.84
  • 28 Leaf Prints with Watercolor p.86
  • 29 Cardboard Relief Print p.88
  • 30 Stencil Me This p.90
  • 31 Gelatin Printing p.92
  • 32 UNIT 5: PAPER - Foamy Stamps p.96
  • 33 Large-Scale Paper Fish p.98
  • 34 Collage Tissue Self-Portraits p.100
  • 35 Paper Masks p.102
  • 36 Torn-Paper Landscapes p.104
  • 37 Texture Monsters p.106
  • 38 Map Collage p.108
  • 39 Text as Texture p.110
  • 40 Vellum Adventures p.112
  • 41 Make Your Own Collage Papers p.114
  • 42 Pop Art Collage p.116
  • 43 UNIT 6: MIXED MEDIA - Painting with Paper Inclusions p.120
  • 44 Charcoal and Watercolor p.122
  • 45 Acrylic and Ink Abstracts p.124
  • 46 Paper Family Quilts p.126
  • 47 Watercolor and Pencil p.128
  • 48 Photos in My Painting p.130
  • 49 Larger-Than-Life Portraits p.132
  • 50 Batik Landscapes p.134
  • 51 Contact Paper Insects p.136
  • 52 Nature Paintings p.138

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