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"This lively compendium of family-friendly art activities [is] highly recommended as a resource for parents...and caretakers." - The Midwest Book Review --Gryphon House

About the Author

Award-winning author MaryAnn F. Kohl has written 14 books for Gryphon House, and is a regular featured columnist for Parenting Magazine. She has written the best-selling favorites Preschool Art, The Big Messy Art Book, Making Make-Believe, MathArts, and First Art. She is co-author of Global Art and Cooking Art with Jean Potter. MaryAnn lives in Bellingham, Washington.
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Product Details

  • Series: Mary Ann Kohl Books
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphon House; Large type edition edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876590857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876590850
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I own many of MaryAnn Kohl's books and love using them. Art With Anything is a new approach that will add great depth to the art experiences in my classroom.

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!
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Art with Anything offers user-friendly art projects for each week of the year suitable for young people ages 4-10. Each activity utilizes ordinary materials (address labels, bits of fabric, leaves, rocks, junk mail, masking tape, etc.) and promotes creativity, recycling, and reuse. Each week's art activity is subdivided into five day-by-day projects, with each day's task increasing in complexity. For example, week 41 involves sand as a material, and the daily projects are Sand Playdough, Dandy Sandy Shaker (shaking color sand over glue), Shapes & Sand Design, Sand & Glue Drawing, and Sticky Sand Art (which can involve a stencil or clear contact paper sealing in addition to colored sand and glue). Color photographs illustrate this lively compendium of family-friendly art activities, highly recommended as a resource for parents, babysitters, and caretakers.
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This is a MUST HAVE for any parent, caregiver, Nanny, Grandparent for summer vacations, VBS, etc. Most everything in this book is already in a normal household and ready for play....except really, really stock up on GLUE!
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Art With Anything is about using all kinds of materials you see everyday to help make interesting and art-related projects out of them such as tape, rocks and leaves. It's a surprisingly creative book for children, so I highly recommend it. I especially think all art teachers who have run low on suggestions for ideas would find something to admire here. Art is more fun when creativity is allowed to be fully taken advantage of, and this book works in that regard.
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Designed for use with children ages 4 – 10, “Art with Anything” by MaryAnn Kohl features a year’s worth of art and craft ideas guaranteed to keep kids busy and creating. Using many items found around the house such as foil, buttons, old CDs, duct tape, magazines, paper plates, etc, these projects are great for those who want to do art but don’t want to break the bank in the process. While you may want to go out and purchase some additional supplies for some of the projects, this is a great book to pull off the shelf when you are looking for something new to do with what you have on hand.

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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By myra on November 4, 2013
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I truly wanted to like this book. But unless you have never worked with children and art you will find the projects lame. I have yet to find one I would actually do with either my 5 or nine year old. I love the idea of the book but the projects lack interest and produce very boring objects. Sorry..as said before I REALLY WANTED TO LOVE THIS BOOK. If you have no experience working with art projects and children this could be useful. But I believe if you just put a variety of these materials in front of a child they could come up with something much more fun.
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great book to have handy, it has helped me look at materials differently and help save lots of money. my child loves many of the activites here and inspired spin offs of our own.
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