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Great Words From Great People

"Just seeing this book is a thrill. It shows art at
its fullest and liveliest and brings out and
inspires the would-be artist in all of us! The
spirit of creativity streams off its pages.What a
gift the authors have given student and
teacher, child and adult alike, and indeed art
itself. Looking at the book makes me want to
rush into the studio and paint!"
~Joseph Raffael
American artist

"Among many other emphases, "Great
American Artists for Kids" focuses children
on the delight of putting one color directly next
to or on top of another color, as opposed to
filling in black outlines which normally occur in
conventional coloring books."
~Wolf Kahn
New York, NY
American artist

"As a Museum Curator of Education who
believes in making art, art history and artists
come alive, it is rare to find such an amazing
resource. Everything about "Great American
Artists for Kids" is a fun and very creative
educational experience. I think this book is
something every person, young and old, who
values and is interested in art and creativity
must have. I will be using this book for
inspiration."
~ Lucy Perera-Adams
Curator of Education
Harwood Museum of Art / Taos

"Thank you for the opportunity to view your
new book, "Great American Artists for Kids".
What a wonderful learning tool for children
and adults alike.Very well done!"
~ Carrie Rodamaker,
Programs Director,
Frank Lloyd Wright /
Taliesin Preservation Inc.
Spring Green,Wisconsin

" "Great American Artists for Kids" is an
inspiration to those with no art history
experience as well as seasoned educators
looking for a new touch on open-ended art
lessons for kids of all abilities. Every library,
home, school, and museum will find it a
valuable resource. Follow history while exploring
hands-on art. The value of owning this book?
Priceless!"
~ Diane Keen
K-12 Art Educator

"Art is an essential element in the education of
children, and this full-color book provides the
inspiration that every teacher or parent needs
to encourage young artists to create in a
personal way.The range of American artists
and techniques covered in "Great American
Artists for Kids" provides all the information
needed to begin creating art today. This book
is a treasure!"
~ Dr. Rebecca Isbell
Director of the Center of
Excellence in Early Childhood
Learning and Development,
East Tennessee State University

" "Great American Artists for Kids" is ideal for
home-schoolers who want a solid art
foundation with American art appreciation in
one single colorful swoop.The activities are
unique, clear, and use accessible materials. I
especially like that it takes very young artists
into account. I couldn’t ask for a better
homeschooling book for providing creative art."
~ Brandy Bergenstock
Homeschool Educator,Virginia

"The Morse Museum of American Art is very
pleased that Tiffany has been included in this
children’s creative art activity book as one of
America’s great artists. "Great American
Artists for Kids" will provide wonderful
opportunities for children to experience not
only Tiffany’s techniques, but also the styles of
other great American artists."
~ Ava Maxwell
The Charles Hosmer Morse
Museum of American Art
Winter Park, Florida

"I have taught for over 23 years and have
never seen such a comprehensive, all encompassing,
important and fun resource for children
and parents alike. "Great American
Artists for Kids" is a remarkable
masterpiece and a “must-have!” It should be
required for aspiring art teachers and history
majors in every college around the world."
~ Faye Barber-Floyd
Art Teacher, Wisconsin

"The arts, whether performing or visual, are
essential to a child’s learning process. "Great
American Artists for Kids" not only
introduces the American Masters to children, it
also makes connections by including their
works. Artistic production is very subjective.Too
often viewers do not understand what it is
they are seeing. This book will help nurture
young viewers to new ways of seeing and
thinking.Thank you for sharing this wonderful
book with me."
~ Patricia Relay, Administrator
Washington Art Consortium
Bellingham, Washington

From the Back Cover

"Great American Artists for Kids" Is A Collection of Creative Hands-On Art Appreciation Activities for Children 4-12 To Inspire a Life-Long Love of Art

75 great American artists are introduced through open-ended art activities allowing kids to explore great art styles from colonial times to the present. Each child-tested art activity presents a biography with full color artwork and techniques covering painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, architecture, and more! Special art options for very young children are included.

“Great American Artists for Kids” activities include:

75 great American artists are introduced through open-ended art activities allowing kids to explore great art styles from colonial times to the present. Each child-tested art activity presents a biography with full color artwork and techniques covering painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, architecture, and more! Special art options for very young children are included.

“Great American Artists for Kids” activities include:

AndyWarhol – Package Design
Bev Doolittle – Camouflage Draw
Dale Chihuly – Pool Spheres
Edward Hicks – Peaceable Collage
Maya Lin – Memorial Plaque
Jasper Johns - Encaustic Flag
Janet Fish – Glass Still Life
Joseph Raffael – Shiny Diptych
Jim Dine – Heart Works
Roy Lichtenstein – Comic Sounds
Thomas Jefferson –Clay Keystone
Ansel Adams – Friendly Portrait
Currier & Ives – Assembly Color
Edward Hopper – Wash Over
Grant Wood – Gothic Paste–Up
Wolf Kahn – Layered Pastel
Jackson Pollock– Great Action Art
Mary Cassatt – Back Draw Monoprint
Louis Comfort Tiffany – Bright Window
Hans Hofmann – Energetic Color Blocks
Rube Goldberg – Contraption
Georgia O'Keeffe – Paint with Distance

“Just seeing this book is a thrill! It shows art at its fullest and liveliest and brings oat and inspires the would-be artist in all of us! The spirit of creativity streams off its pages. What a gift the authors have given student and teacher, child and adult alike, and indeed art itself. Looking at the book makes me want to rush into the studio and paint!
~ Joseph Raffael
Great American Artist

HANDS-ON ART EXPLORATION FOR
SCHOOL • HOMESCHOOL • MUSEUMS
LlBRARIES • CHILDCARE • HOME

ART ACTIVITIES • EDUCATION • PARENTING

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About the creators of "Great American Artists for Kids" -

MaryAnn Faubion Kohl is the award-winning author of “Storybook Art”, “Discovering Great Artists” and many other titles. She presents internationally, writes for numerous magazines, consults, and owns Bright Ring Publishing. MaryAnn lives in Bellingham, Washington.

Kim Solga is the author of "Draw!", "Paint!", "Make Prints!", and other books. Her articles on arts and crafts appear regularly in national education and parenting magazines. Kim owns KidsArt, an art supply catalog, and lives in Mt. Shasta, California.

Rebecca Van Slyke, kids' art editor, writes and illustrates children's books and has taught second grade for over twenty years.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 7
  • Series: Bright Ideas for Learning (TM) (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. (July 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935607005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935607000
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kathryn Whitmer on September 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Kohl's latest and greatest book, Great American Artists for Kids is superb. As an elementary classroom teacher for many years, I have used lessons from her Discovering Great Artists and found them very appealing for the students and easy-to-use for teachers. Her latest book is also outstanding. There is a brief background on each artist, a concise list of materials needed, and the lesson process clearly and concisely written. Many examples of student art resulting from the lessons are featured...and it's all in COLOR! Internet Sites, definitions of Art Words, Art Styles with references to the artists, a comprehensive Chart of Contents and index result in a five-star book!!
Kathy Whitmer, Washington State
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This book is an easy-to-follow, accessible way for children to learn about American art. Parents, teachers, and caregivers will enjoy exploring their children's creativity through these hands-on experiences.
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The book itself is great but getting it digitally this time was awful! It shuts down after two pages, I can't see the images with any of the print, I wasn't able to download it to my computer which is where I really need it for lesson planning and I am so frustrated I wish I would have bought a real copy of the book. If there is anyway to help me hopefully Amazon will, don't let me down!
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Great American Artists for Kids is a wonderful book that can easily be applied across the curriculum to support other disciplines. Not only do our students learn about American heritage and the artists that have created it; but they can explore the techniques and methods of those artists. We find that the projects in the book fit into most areas of study and are relatively inexpensive. The best thing about the book is that it introduces our students to the artists they are most likely to encounter in life.
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Wow! is all I can say about this book. The art activities are doable and the list of materials needed are readily found in any school. My students have enjoyed learning about famous American Artists, but what they enjoy most is creating their very own masterpieces!!! Two thumbs up, and many more stars!!!
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I teach Art and ordered this book to teach my grandchildren about Great American Artists.This book is wonderful, very easy to understand and the projects are for all ages. I highly recomend it.
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I purchased this book for my 10 year old to use with her homeschool curriculum. I really appreciate this book because it provides information about a variety of American artists from different time periods. This book contains information about the artists, their works, and the techniques they used. I like the fact that there are many different styles of artwork represented and that children can use this book to create a wide variety of projects.
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By J Rose on February 10, 2013
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I bought this as a present for a good friend who teaches art to students from 1st to 8th grade. There are enough projects and at varying grade levels to help interest budding artists. Several of the projects have been used already and the students enjoyed them.
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