It's the Process, Not the Product
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Author: MaryAnn F. Kohl
Publisher: Gryphon House
Pages: 260, © 1994
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.
"Preschool Art is a lifesaver... All the activities are easy, all are fun-the emphasis here is on the process, rather than specific results-and none require any elaborate materials... a real find."
"…(MaryAnn Kohl) provides hundreds of ways to enjoy and explore the creative process."
"Kohl offers 250 projects complete with materials, processes and illustrated variations. She also adds practical hints that troubleshoot anticipated problems. The recipes are valuable well beyond the preschool years."
"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..."
"This is a very organized, thorough assembling of preschool art activities... I can see this book becoming my primary art resource."
"... of great value to anyone that works with children preschool age through age twelve.""
"... ideal for using in home schooling."
"Preschool Art is an essential addition to preschool, day care center and kindergarten reference shelves, and is ideal for use by home schoolers as well."
" My favorite resource for art activities with young children as it focuses on the process and not the product. There is no wrong way to complete the activity. The book starts with a list of "the basics" ( basic art experiences most preschoolers want to experience) and then continues with seasonal art activities. There are over 200 activities listed in this book in four categories: drawing, painting, sculpting with dough and clay, and crafts/constructing. This book is geared towards children 3-4 years old, but obviously you will want to review to decide what your child is ready for."
Award-winning author MaryAnn Kohl has written 14 books for Gryphon House. Her philosophy, “It’s the process, not the product,” guides her writing as she provides open-ended art activities for young children. MaryAnn’s activities focus on the experience of art, not the final product a child creates.
MaryAnn presents at workshops and keynotes around the country for teachers and librarians interested in teaching art with young children. She has appeared on various television shows, including Home Matters on the Discovery Channel, Take Part! (Canadian children's television) as the 'Mudworks lady', and was a featured guest on 1, 2, 3 Grow! (Health Network). MaryAnn was also a consultant for a children's activity television show produced by the Jim Henson Company (Odyssey Network). In addition, she consults for Fisher-Price, and works with SUNY-Albany as one of their expert guests for numerous educational video conferences. MaryAnn enjoys being a columnist for Family Fun magazine, and writes for numerous other magazines including Parenting, Cricket, Scholastic, Early Childhood News, and Daycaring. MaryAnn also writes books for her own publishing company, Bright Ring Publishing.
MaryAnn Kohl lives in Bellingham, Washington.