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!

Wren from FinchnWren.

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Do not mock my people

 Do you ever find it interesting how the Lord can be full of wrath for how Israel is acting and yet doesn't allow others to poke fun at his chosen people?

Today the Lord is angry with Ammon because they rejoiced over the Lord's punishment of her.

He's very clear isn't he?

"Thus says the Lord GOD, Because you said, ‘Aha!’ over my sanctuary when it was profaned, and over the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and over the house of Judah when they went into exile.....Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet and rejoiced with all the malice within your soul against the land of Israel."   BECAUSE you laughed at my shall be punished.

God is not only a jealous God in how he is worshipped (he's the only one who should be worshipped).  He's also jealous for his people.  

He is indeed so angry with the Ammonites that he will cut you off from the peoples and will make you perish out of the countries; I will destroy you.   And why will he do this?

For the exact same reason he disciplines The house of Israel.

So they will know that HE IS LORD GOD.  

That's what God wants the peoples of the earth to know.  Whether they are his chosen own or just generic folks... he wants them to know that he is the LORD GOD.   Even here in Ezekiel you find God's global concern for the world.   He wants everyone to know him as Lord God.