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Young at Art: Teaching Toddlers Self-Expression, Problem-Solving Skills, and an Appreciation for Art Paperback – October 11, 2001
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More About the Author
Susan Striker is the author of the best-selling Anti-Coloring Book® series with over one million books in print all over the world. Designed to stimulate creativity and encourage problem solving and critical thinking, the books help children draw their own pictures as well as their own conclusions about life. She also wrote Please Touch® (Simon & Schuster) which teaches parents and educators how to stimulate creativity through movement, music, art and play. Young at Art® (Henry Holt) is a comprehensive text about the value and significance of early childhood art. That book clearly demonstrates the important link between early scribbles and later literacy.
In 2008 Susan received the highly competitive 2008 Connecticut Art Education Association Award, Outstanding Elementary Art Educator, for significant contributions to the field of art education.
The author teaches elementary school art in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she won the Distinguished Teacher Award. She has had a long, successful career teaching art to young children, has taught art education methodology to university students and developed art curricula. She shares her innovative teaching ideas in workshops for parents and teachers in schools and universities all over the country. Ms. Striker's work has been the subject of numerous local, national and international television shows,. Susan's Young at Art® curriculum for preschool and kindergarten art was awarded Connecticut's Celebration of Excellence for Creativity in the Classroom and she was presented with Hofstra University's George M. Estabrook Award.
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Top Customer Reviews
- The descriptions of projects in the book are fantastic. The projects are innovative and really designed to allow children to freely express themselves. The projects made me think about art, and even about the world, differently and helped me to understand how the world looks from a toddler's perspective.
- There is a lot of detail given about why a particular activity is important, or why it should be done a certain way. In general, there's a lot of detail in the book, and the author does a great job suggesting variations on projects or ways to look at materials in a different way.
- The author clearly delineates which supplies you should use and how you should use them. The book is more or less a comprehensive curriculum for preschool art - there are suggested books to read, songs, recommendations on where to get art materials, etc. This would be an awesome resource for a homeschooling family, or for a preschool teacher looking to break away from the traditional way of looking at and teaching art.
Okay. That's what's good about the book. And believe me, there's a lot that's good. However. What's bad about the book would probably turn a lot of people off, and away from using the excellent activities in the book with their child. The bad:
- The author's tone is extremely judgmental, holier-than-thou, snarky, etc. It gets extraordinarily tiresome after the first few pages. The laundry list of things you should NEVER EVER EVER do is miles long and goes on for page after page after page.Read more ›
I have started to weave many of the ideas from the book into our daily lives, e.g., greater availability/visibility of art materials, starting simply with black and white to focus on the drawing/painting process, encouragement with avoidance of judgemental commentary, and even borrowing and reading library books that support the concept at hand (be it color, or shape). After a couple of weeks, I have already noticed that my 2.5 year old twin boys are more interesting in working with the materials - we have a huge and growing pile of original artwork! Also, I feel much more confident as a parent in this area since I am working with the advice of a well-known art educator.Read more ›
This book was great for me since I am artistically illiterate. I have had almost NO art education, and I don't know the first thing about how to teach ANYTHING to ANYONE. This book has simple, easy steps that I can follow... dumb things that I wouldn't know unless someone told me, like, Give your child one crayon at a time so she doesn't get overwhelmed.
The other thing I liked about this book is that the author is sensitive to the reality that many of us may not have a large budget to spend on art supplies. I went to the craft store and bought everything I think I need to get started... crayons, paint, brushes, play-doh, I even splurged and got the 80-weight paper like Striker suggested... and spent less than EIGHTEEN DOLLARS!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you seriously want to encourage curiosity and to introduce your child to real art,this is the book for you! It helps you set a good artistic base for your child! Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by ヘザー
It changed my outlook so much that I would let my kid paint my car. (Am not bold enough for the walls yet). Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Travel Lover
Like other reviewers have said, the author does go on about mistakes parents make. Some of them are pretty bad so I understand. But this book has some really good exercises.Published on October 10, 2012 by crittah
Young at Art teaches that a child is never too young for creative self expression. The projects in this book are well outlined and wonderfully innovative. Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by SKhan
I love this book. She talks about the importance of children drawing to express their feelings. What I find so discouraging is that there is a huge problem in the childcare... Read morePublished on March 11, 2011 by Bridgette Carpenter
This book inspired me to appreciate each child's developmental stage and it helped me to interact with my kids at an appropriate level, something I previously struggled with. Read morePublished on June 5, 2009 by ShopperMom5
Anyone interested in teaching art to children should read this book. All parents of young children should read this book. Read morePublished on March 29, 2009 by E. Eagen
If like me, you are a young mom trying to encourage your child's creativity to blossom, or even a preschool teacher, then this is definitely a worthwhile read... Read morePublished on March 14, 2007 by Z Hayes
I found this book to be very valuable even though I do not agree with 100% of her theories. She gives a great overview of several medium and as well as the actual products she... Read morePublished on August 11, 2006 by Mary