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Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages (Lab for Kids, 1)

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Art Lab For Kids: 52 Creative Adventures In Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, And Mixed Media-For Budding Artists Of All Ages (Lab For Kids, 1)

Art Lab for Kids is a refreshing source of wonderful ideas for creating fine art with children. This step-by-step book offers 52 fun and creative art projects set into weekly lessons, beginning with drawing, moving through painting and printmaking, and then building to paper collage and mixed media.

Each lesson features and relates to the work and style of a contemporary artist and their unique style. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hands-on fine art experiences. Grouped by medium, the labs are set up loosely to build skills upon the previous ones; however, you can begin anywhere.

Have fun exploring:

  • drawing by creating a whimsical scene on a handmade crayon scratchboard.
  • painting by using watercolors and salt to create a textured landscape.
  • printmaking by using lemons, celery, mushrooms, and other produce to make colorful prints.
  • paper by creating an expressive self-portrait using pieces of colored tissue paper.
  • mixed media by making insects from patterned contact paper and watercolor pencils.

Color photos illustrate how different people using the same lesson will yield different results, exemplifying the way the lesson brings out each artist’s personal style. Art Lab for Kids is the perfect book for creative families, friends, and community groups and works as lesson plans for both experienced and new art teachers.

The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus—all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.


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Art Lab for Kids 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages

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How to use this Book and Make Art with Others

This book is for anyone interested in making art with others— or alone. Each Lab is a separate lesson; some are traditionally based; others are not. The units are grouped by medium, and there is some crossover in materials from one Unit to another. The Labs are set up loosely to build skills upon the previous ones; however, you may begin anywhere. Each Lab is a stand-alone project. In this Unit, I outline what you will need to set up a studio. The list is comprehensive, but you do not need much to get started. I also provide basic steps for using the materials that appear in many of the Labs.

Drawing

Drawing is a foundation skill for all art. It can excite or intimidate students, depending on where they are on their artistic journey. This Unit will allow students to explore drawing in ways beyond the pencil and paper. Each Lab encourages fearless mark-making and thoughtful line and volume work. Some Labs incorporate a brush and ink or bright watercolors; others use more traditional media. It has been my desire to encourage every student through unconventional methods, endless exploration, and allowing chance to be a viable element in their drawing. Remember, this should be fun! Keep the fun part in mind when embarking on any of these Labs—experience is the focus— not perfection.

Painting

Most people have had experience with painting from a young age, usually with tempera paint at a preschool easel, watercolor at the kindergarten art table, or, for a lucky younger few, pudding on their highchair tray, with happy fingers swirling around! In the classroom, I rarely get an objection from a student when we take out the paints for a session. This Unit will guide us through a variety of water-based-media painting experiences, whose end results will be a greater understanding of color theory, value scale, visual texture, composition, techniques, and, most important, an expansion of each person’s own emerging style.

Art Lab for Kids 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages

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Printmaking

Making art Multiples is an addictive process for most people. Printmaking is instant gratification at the most basic level, with the element of chance enhancing the technical process. The ability to create multiples of your artful idea—from a simple fingerprint to a sophisticated multi-plate foam print—is intriguing. This Unit explores many printmaking processes without the use of a press, from singular monotypes to multiple serigraph prints, to help students learn how to think in reverse, or in layers. A variety of papers and methods will produce endless variations on a theme from each Lab.

Paper

Paper is a staple in the art studio, and most art budgets can include paper as a material for creating artwork. This Unit explores using paper as the medium for a substrate, as a structure, and for color, texture, and value. We will create collages, masks, and monsters from recycled maps, magazines, and other printed materials, as well as for your own textured papers. Paper can be used in art forms in endless ways. These Labs are springboards to other places, in which you can experiment with paper further and transform it with other media.

Mixed Media

The darling of the popular art world for the past few years has been mixed media. It is no stranger to fine art, with Picasso and Braque leading the way, their first collage paintings hosting bits of lowly newsprint glued down amid the oil paint. The Labs in this Unit will inspire students to look for a second or third medium to complete a challenge in their work. Sometimes that means drawing with glue and adding color with magazine clippings. Other times the medium becomes the “drawn” line or subject matter itself. Mixed media is fun right from the start, and these Labs will produce different results each time they are used.

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