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Preschool Art: It's the Process, Not the Product! Paperback – May 1, 1994
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Preschool Art is a lifesaver . . . All the activities are easy, all are fun. . . a real find. -- Sesame Street Parents, Picks for Parents<br \><br \>Preschool Art, by MaryAnn Kohl, offers help to parents of preschoolers struggling to meet the challenge of their children's creative impulses. Prodigies aside, most kids this age aren't interested in the final product; they are into the doing of art.
There is no right or wrong way, only their way. Kohl understands. She explains how to make and use many kinds of art materials based on the concept that the process not the product, is important. From old standbys like play dough to new craft discoveries like liquid crayons and frozen balloons, she provides hundreds of ways to enjoy and explore the creative process. -- MetroParent, Milwaukee, Wisconsin<br \><br \>This is a very organized, thorough assembling of preschool art activities that could be a valuable asset to any preschool teacher as well as individual interested in doing art with young children . . . I can see this book becoming my primary art resource. --Tot Spot Coordinator, Discovery Center Museum
We found the book very well put together, easy to use and the instructions complete and easy to follow. . . . --Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia
Young children do art for the experience, the exploration and the experimentation. It's a process by which they can discover the world. . . Using materials commonly found in the home, child care or preschool program, children can explore discover and create open-ended art experiences. Best of all, there are no adult-made samples so the imagination of the artist can roam free.
Each activity has up to five icons Age, planning/Preparation, Help, Caution, and author's Favorite which serve as a guide for making the projects more usable and accessible for the artist, caregiver, teacher or parent. --Family Times
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Anyone working with preschoolers and early primary age children will want this book. Over 200 activities teach children to explore and understand their world through open-ended art experiences that emphasize the process of art, not the product. Activities are included for painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and construction.
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The book is very well laid out and is easy to use. She has a basic section with alot of "classic" projects and then projects organized by month. I found this organization to work very well because each month I would look at the projects for that month
Most of the projects use basic art materials and only a few projects require you to buy special items. Although a few of the projects are relatively basic, most of the projects listed take a different twist on a basic idea. For example, most parents/educators would have thought of fingerpainting, but most of us probably would not have thought of fingerpainting on a cookie sheet. Or most of us would think to give our kids crayons, but might not think to put a rubber band around a bundle of crayons and let them draw with the all of the crayons together.
If you are a parent with preschool children at home and are looking for fun art ideas, then this book is a must have on your bookshelf.
Each of the almost 250 projects gets its own 8-1/2" by 11" page and has numerous line illustrations to clarify techniques and materials. The page is organized into a Materials list, a Process list, and Variations, and includes hints to make the project easier (such as cleanup tips or materials that can be reused). Icons on each page indicate the suggested age, how much time is needed to prepare ahead of time, whether or not extra assistance may be needed, whether or not caution is required (for sharp, hot or electrical materials), and whether it is one of the author's favorites, based on its being extra fun, extra fascinating, or extra easy and creative.
The book would be great if that was all there was to it, but value has been added by the wonderful organization and indexing. First, the Table of Contents is organized into basic projects (like chalk drawing and watercolors), followed by seasonal projects. And the indexes at the back are great: first, the Project Index lists projects alphabetically; next, a Materials Index lists them by -- materials (so if you want to do something with buttermilk, for example, you can find a project easily); finally, an Art Medium Index categorizes projects by medium -- drawing, painting, clay, sculpture, collage, craft or construction. These indexes make it terribly easy to find just the right project you're looking for!
In the Introduction the author discusses her philosophy of emphasizing process over product in children's art, and gives some advice on how to talk to your children about their projects. This book is an invaluable resource from cover to cover. I do not think you will ever regret purchasing this book.
Very highly recommended.
I checked this out of my Parents as Teachers library, and liked it so much am now looking to buy it.