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"Written by a couple who run a successful combination art gallery and art school for children, this book presents the authors’ most popular art projects for youngsters, covering an ambitious range of materials and techniques. This guide offers a greater-than-average number of open-ended and inventive projects that can be taught to younger children and teens alike. Each project is paired with an example of a work by a modern master or living artist. Many photographs illustrate techniques and show children deeply engaged in creativity. VERDICT: Recommended particularly for teachers and parents." - Library Journal

"I love Susan's Art Lab series and reference them in the Art Studio often. They're easy to follow, full of images, and directed at open-ended exploration - exactly the kind of reference I need for my own busy home." - Meghan Burch, Art Studio Educator, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA

About the Author

Rainer Schwake is a versatile and talented media designer holding a masters degree in graphic design. His photography has been used in hundreds of business- and arts-related design works for print and websites. He is co-owner of artstream studios (www.artstreamstudios.com) and lives with his wife, Susan, in Rochester, NH.

Susan Schwake is an artist, art educator, author, and curator. Her passion for teaching art for more than 20 years has found her working in many diverse settings, as well as her own art school, which operates inconjunction with their gallery and design firm in New Hampshire, called artstream.

Susan exhibits her own artwork in galleries in the United States and Europe. To date, she has curated over 100 compelling contemporary exhibitions in her own gallery with hundreds of national and international artists' work. Susan has worked with many corporations installing original artwork from the gallery's stable of artists.

In keeping with her passion for art and teaching, Susan has offered, and continues to offer, workshops and programs to parents, teachers at universities, art studios, community organization, public and private schools, and most recently online with e-courses in teacher training, painting, printmaking and mixed media.

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Product Details

  • Series: Lab Series
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; 1/31/12 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592537650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592537655
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Schwake is an artist, art educator, author and curator. Her passion for teaching art for over 20 years has found her working in diverse settings such as private and public schools, community organizations, programs for medically fragile children, special needs agencies, summer camps, intergenerational facilities, libraries, and her own little art school to thousands of people. Most recently she has taken her classroom online. Rainer Schwake produced the new series of e-courses called: Art Class including courses in Painting, Mixed Media, Printmaking and Hand-building with Clay. Each year Susan celebrates her student's work - both children and adults - in exhibits twice a year at the local library gallery.

Susan works with diverse groups of people making art. She was hired to organize and create a permanent exhibition of children's art, involving more than one hundred local children. The children created the artwork for a new children's wing in the local library. She also was chosen to direct a similar project with four hundred people in an intergenerational setting for a new multi-agency facility. This process-oriented program was designed to bring the staff, families, and clients more closely together through the process of making art together and was permanently displayed in the facility.

Following the release of her first three books the Art Lab for Kids series - Susan continues to offer workshops and programs to parents, teachers at universities, art studios, community organization, public and private schools. Her fourth book: Art for All Seasons, published by Two Little Birds is due out November 1st 2014. This book offers a curriculum to be used all year around and each lesson is inspired by the natural world and a contemporary artist.

She exhibits her own artwork in galleries in the United States and Europe. Susan has been juried public art exhibitions, creating large-scale, site-specific outdoor works. She has curated over 80 compelling contemporary exhibitions to date in her own gallery of hundreds of national and international artist's work. She curates a rotating gallery in her city's hospital and has worked with many corporations installing original artwork from her gallery's stable of artists.

Susan works alongside her husband Rainer at artstream studios in New Hampshire. Together they collaborate daily within each facet of their creative business. Rainer holds a masters degree in Design from Farholschule, Muenster Germany and has created award winning websites and print materials for companies in a wide range of sectors. Art for All Seasons features Rainer's layout and design, including over 400 photographs that the couple styled together and photographed. They work together creating exhibit layouts, media design work and promoting the art school which they have built together. They wouldn't have it any other way. They have two creative children who write and make art and delight them endlessly.


Website: www.susanschwake.com
Gallery: www.artstreamstudios.com
Blog: www.artesprit.blogspot.com

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93 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Amy E Darling on January 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Homeschooling parents, Art Lab for Kids is exactly what you are looking for! With 52 different labs, your art curriculum for the year is done for you! I especially like the way the contemporary artists' works are juxtaposed with the artwork of children. We can teach our children technique (=having fun!) while simultaneously introducing them to artists (=learning!)...experiential learning at its best!
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132 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Haley Mathiot VINE VOICE on February 13, 2012
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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.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Taylor on February 16, 2012
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I just purchased a copy of this book and it is terrific for artists of all ages! As a former elementary school teacher and budding artist as well, I found this book to be well laid out and easy to use. The best part is that each of the 52 "labs" are stand alone, following the first unit which lays out how to get started and what is necessary for "setting the stage for creativity". All of the 52 projects begin with a list of needed materials followed by clear steps and accompanying photos. Each lab concludes with an example of professional artists' work using that medium. The photos are clear and beautifully laid out. The emphasis is on individual expression and artistic exploration. This colorful book is useful for parents, homeschoolers, and budding artists (like me!)of all ages, who may be interested in exploring drawing, painting, printmaking, paper and mixed media art projects. Bravo!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Liza Sullivan on January 23, 2012
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"Art Lab for Kids," not only feels and looks great, it has some amazing art ideas! The ideas may be aimed at kids, but are really applicable to all ages. The material lists are perfect: letting the artist know exactly what to have on hand before starting their project. And the photography is wonderful, too. Throughout the book, the pictures give vision to the author's ideas and make the whole book just that much more enjoyable.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By SJA on February 19, 2012
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I have taught Art in all levels from K through Graduate School and I am strongly recommending this book. It will be useful to teachers, parents and grandparents. Susan has given the processes for each lesson. The WHYs, the What's and a variety of examples along with the How's....I have purchased this book for m y son and daughter-in-law to use with their children and found that the parents are having a wonderful time learning and exploring the many art experiences as well. The "baby sitters" dream . The many photo examples are wonderful.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tracy on April 27, 2012
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I purchased two kids' arts and crafts books: Kids Create and Art Lab for Kids. I looked at the Art Lab book first, and then was very disappointed with Kids Create when I looked at that book. Kid's Create is entirely in black and white and totally uninspiring. I was looking for an art book with drawing, painting, printmaking, and mixed media activities suitable for children that would not only invite creativity but also start to lay a foundation for a basic understanding of art materials and artistic techniques. What's more, I was looking for activities that left room for true creativity in the final product despite using specific techniques. The Art Lab for Kids book was attractive and inspiring. It's activities will be fun for my 6 year old son, but they'll be just as fun for him at 10 and 17 (and for me)and feel fresh even when we repeat each "adventure."

The book includes complete materials lists, colorful examples, and "further exploration" activities for each "adventure", so really there are over a hundred possible "creative adventures" in this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nick L on February 23, 2012
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I purchased this book for my very smart young niece and her mom to work on artistic projects. I was quite pleased with the beauty and layout of the book. My niece may or may not be an aspiring artist, however, Art Lab for Kids may just be the tool to bring out the artist in her! I even saw some projects I would like to try!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Polly Cook on February 7, 2012
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I love this book. I'm a new art teacher, and will use many of these with my high school students. I like how the art ideas are laid out quite simply, easy to read directions, and have techniques I haven't seen before. Very happy I have this now in my bag of "tricks"! I also recommend it to anyone with kids who wants cool things to do with them, and will be trying many with my 8 year old son. And last, as an artist, I always like to see new ideas for my own work and found some I want to try. Great book!
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