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Art with Anything: 52 Weeks of Fun Using Everyday Stuff (Mary Ann Kohl Books) Paperback – June 1, 2010
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As a teacher, I'm always looking for free or low-cost materials that will provide high-quality art experiences for children. We save egg cartons, berry baskets, bubble wrap, cardboard tubes, old CDs, and lots of other "stuff." But I was running out of ideas for what to do with these classroom favorites. Art With Anything is just what I need!! MaryAnn has so many fresh, creative suggestions for using just about anything I have saved or can buy inexpensively. The cool thing is that she presents five (and sometimes more) ideas for each item, so that I can use the same materials for a week or more. Day 1 is the most basic and the other four days build on the first, allowing children to experiment and explore.
Not only does Art With Anything give me new ideas for using what I already have, it gives me lots of ideas for materials I hadn't even thought to use-- junk mail, hole-punch dots, old blurry photos and CD cases. I like how the book repeats types of projects with different materials. There are numerous collage activities, printing techniques and mobiles so children can refine their skills.
The format is user-friendly and visually appealing. Having five days worth of projects on a two-page spread makes it easy to plan my curriculum. The lists of materials and directions are clear and compact. It's amazing how many ideas fit in this book---cotton balls, clear plastic wrap, coffee grounds, cotton swabs, jigsaw puzzle pieces. I'm convinced we really can art with anything!
As Kohl writes in the Introduction, “All the art activities in ‘Art with Anything’ value and stress the ‘process of art,’ and encourage children to think for themselves about how to use materials to make the art their own.” Each week contains five projects utilizing one common item. For example, week number one has five projects making use of address labels.
“Art with Anything” is a great resource for any parent or teacher looking for ideas for art projects.
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I have other books by this author and love them. While many ideas are open-ended, there was an element of repetition in this book that I had not noticed in the other books.Published on September 30, 2013 by Ellen J. Homitsky
This book is geared to 4-10 yr-olds, but many of the ideas can be adapted to work with 3-5yr-olds. If you are a teacher or librarian looking for fun process art ideas-this is a... Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by C.Crow