Art Series: Art Lab for Kids


Welcome Wren to my blog today!!!   Yes, she is a total sweetheart to help me out with my art series.  She's going to be talking about a wonderful book called Art Lab of Kids by Susan Schwake.   You will normally find Wren (and her sister) blogging at FinchnWren.



How do you approach art in your home or homeschool? Are you a naturally talented artist yourself, for whom art creation just flows out? Or, are you someone who would love to teach art but have no ideas of where or how to start? Let me encourage you, if you fit into this last category: it’s much easier than you imagine! Even if you are not a trained artist, you really can teach the subject of art to your own children. There are so many books and resources available today to help you along in this. I’d like to share a very well-rounded book to help you in this journey: Susan Schwake’s ART LAB FOR KIDS. I refer to this book all the time for both our own homeschool art, and for the art class I teach in our local homeschool coop. What a resource!



 
ART LAB FOR KIDS is subtitled “52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media.” Practically, that means you could take one adventure per week and have a year’s worth of art to do in your homeschool! Ms. Schwake’s book contains practical, step-by-step instructions, lots of photos, and pictures of completed artworks so that the artist (or mom) understands exactly how to teach and create each project. The author also provides a great resource list of recommended media in the first section, explaining how different ones work and can be used. She is an artist and art teacher with 20 years’ experience, so she brings both the ability to clearly teach and a huge depth of art idea resources to the reader.

ART LAB FOR KIDS has sections which cover the following:
  • How to use the book and how to create art with others
  • Drawing (ink, scribble, pastels, crayon, and more)
  • Painting (miniature, Fauvist, charcoal, watercolor, tempera, etc.)
  • Printmaking (silkscreen, stencil, cardboard relief, gelatin, and more)
  • Paper (stamps, tissue, torn-paper, Pop Art, vellum…)
  • Mixed Media (charcoal/watercolor, photos, watercolor and pencil, portraits, batik…)

While I think that ART LAB FOR KIDS would be ideal used as a curriculum, I have personally just read through it many times and selected specific art projects to teach, based on what my students were learning or what we found most interesting. Some projects we thoroughly enjoyed completing were painting an enlarged tiny section of a painting on a small square; “Painting in the Style of...,” and “Text as Texture.” And that’s only a fraction of the projects offered in this book. We’re looking forward to painting on tiny pieces of wood; reverse landscapes; gelatin monoprinting; and many more!

 
I recommend this book for anyone who’d like to go deeper into the world of artmaking, or art teaching, in a variety of art styles. These vivid, fascinating projects will keep you busy for hours and hours, happily creating!

Enjoy!
Wren from FinchnWren.

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14 comments

  1. Thank you, Annette! So fun to be featured! :)

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    1. thank you so much for taking part. It was seriously a boon to my spirit when I was feeling so horrid. Made me feel cared about. :)

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  2. I have that book and love it!

    By the way it's been awhile since I've visited your blog, love your header, looks great :-)

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    1. thank you for your kind words, Kylie. :) that's great! What do you love about it?

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  3. This sounds like a great resource!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. doesn't it? Wren's post made me want to get this book myself. :)

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  4. I LOVE art books that have a plethora of pictures to show the steps and the completed project! This one looks like a real gem! I'll need to go pin it so I can share it with my friends who have littles left at home!

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    1. Thank you Carol, that would be so kind

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  5. That looks like a great book!

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  6. I love finding out two bloggers/friends know each other! I don't homeschool, but that book looks wonderful. What a great post, and a pleasant surprise to see this people-connection. :)

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    1. It does look a great book whether you homeschool,or not. :) and yes, people connections are the best.

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  7. These looks like such a fun book full of great ideas! Thanks for sharing it with us on the Virtual Fridge!

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