Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of 100 Great Picture Book Illustrators
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Author: MaryAnn F. Kohl, Jean Potter
Publisher: Bright Ring Publishing
Pages: 144, © 2003
Storybook Art contains over 100 hands-on companion art ideas for kids to enhance the enjoyment of their favorite children's books. Enjoy and explore such unique art projects as: make paper pulp paintings like award-winning illustrator Denise Fleming in Barnyard Banter; paint with tea bags to imitate Make Way for Duckling brown-tone illustrations by Robert McCloskey; create fabric border art like Faith Ringgold in her book Tar Beach; construct a snowy watercolor collage like Ezra Jack Keats in Snowy Day; or build a festive balloon sculpture to go with Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm. Many Caldecott winners are featured as well as favorite classics. Books were selected from a survey of favorites recommended by teachers, parents, and reading children. The fun and easy art projects in Storybook Art will not only encourage children to read and re-read their favorite books, but will enable them to look at illustrations in all books with more awareness and enjoyment. Reading and art - perfect companions! Ask any kid and they'll tell you!
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.
Jean Potter has been a kindergarten teacher and the Director of Early Childhood Education for the West Virginia State Department of Education. She was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as Deputy Assistant and Assistant Secretary of Education for the U.S. Department of Education. At the U.S. Department of Education, she was responsible for the overall management of the elementary and secondary education programs at several colleges and universities. Jean is the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding achievement in the field of education. She continues to write and consult in the early childhood education field.
Jean Potter lives in Charleston, West Virginia, Latrobe, Pennsylvania and Seabrook Island, South Carolina.