Book Review : Art Lab
As I mentioned when I launched our Bambini Art Project, I don't consider myself to be naturally artistic. However, I believe it is important for my kids to have a range of artistic opportunities so I am forever on the lookout for inspiration. I follow several artsy bloggers, but I also enjoy having books on hand. I guess I'm old fashioned that way. I recently finished devouring this book and couldn't wait to share it. So many wonderful ideas.
Art Lab for Little Kids: 52 Playful Projects for Preschoolers by Susan Schwake
Always on the lookout for inspiration, this was a thrill to find. Diverse in its activities, gorgeously photographed, and clearly explained, Art Lab is a great book for someone looking to extend their art repertoire a little.
The book starts with a section about the basics of starting an art studio and then dives quickly into its 5 different units of art. Schwake covers drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media. Each “Lab” has an activity with materials, step by step instructions with photographs, and an inspirational artist. There are also tips, often on how to reduce the difficulty so littler ones can join in, and a Go Further section that has ideas for extensions.
Art Lab, as stated in the title, is best suited for Preschoolers. This gave me a lot of ideas for the future. However, between drawing motivation from the projects and taking the tips for younger children, there was a lot that could be used with our three year olds as well.
This book was well organized and creatively inspirational. We will be making some “Watercolor Magic” very soon!
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