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Entries in children's art (25)


let's make some great art

“My children’s drawings surprise me all the time.  They break the rules, they inspire, they make me laugh, they shock.  I don’t want that to change for as long as possible.” — Marion Deuchars 

Avery has been absolutely loving going through the pages of Let’s Make Some Great ArtMarion Deuchars’ intriguing prompts and ideas are inspired by twelve renowned artists—Jackson Pollock and Alexander Calder, to name a couple.  The projects in the book, originally designed for her own sons, explore what art is, its many types and ways, and what it means to people.

Take a look at of some of the fantastic page spreads in the book here.  Let’s Make Some Great Art was written and illustrated by Marion Deuchars and published by Laurence King.


dot and anorak magazine + giveaway

If we love anything, it's a design-centric magazine for kids and their parents.  Magazines provide a fresh perspective from artists and writers, featuring their newest work and ideas.  This week we’re enjoying flipping through Dot and Anorak, whose engaging stories, puzzles, games, creative projects, imaginative prompts and interactive pages are perfect for a road trip or an afternoon out at a cafe, paired with a cozy hot chocolate and croissant.  Anorak is for 6 to 12-year-old readers and Dot is its younger counterpart, perfect for little ones.

Be sure to check out the international Dot and Anorak giveaway going on at @littlelitbookseries.  It ends Thursday, December 8, at 11:59 PST.


don't move the muffin tins

Bev Bos, who served as director of Roseville Community Preschool for almost 50 years, was an early childhood educator with incredible expertise about play-based learning, process art and developmentally-appropriate learning experiences for preschoolers.  There is no one in the field of early childhood who hasn’t been impacted by her work.  She was quoted as once saying, “The basics for young children are wonder, discovery and experience.  If it hasn’t been in the hand, the body and the heart, it can’t be in the brain.”

We have her seminal work on children and art: Don’t Move the Muffin Tins: A Hands-Off Guide to Art for the Young Child.  There is so much goodness in the book, too much to share in one post, so I’ll leave you all with some quotes and implore you to seek out a copy of Don’t Move the Muffin Tins for yourself.  I got this copy, used, years ago.  It’s out of print but shouldn’t be too hard to find.  Bev Bos will help you provide experiences for your child so that they can tap into their innate creativity through exploration and making their own choices.  It will teach you how to listen to your child in ways that you’ve never thought of.

“The young child grows from the head down and the midline out.  If we are in tune to the child’s growth, we know, for example, that a two-year-old will probably not paint or draw circles.  Does this mean a different set of activities for each age?  Certainly not.  We need only to learn to present materials and let each child develop an individual creativity.

Children need to please only themselves.  Does this mean the child can throw the paint?  Spill the glue?  Of course not.  I’m referring to basic use of art materials.  Once you’ve presented the materials, forget how *you* intended them to be used.  Sometimes it’s difficult.  You may have one end product in mind, but the child may have another idea.  If that’s the case, hands off!  It’s easier to observe this principle in art activity than in crafts because there is no right or wrong in art, of course, just creating.”


A Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books 

I was so thrilled to land a copy of A Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books (which I first spotted in the lovely @bonjour_mes_amies’ Instagram feed) because it was a little hard to find.  Its contents include I Can Fly, Baby’s House, The Up and Down Book and The Golden Book of Little Verses, as well as selected pages from The New Golden Song Book.  Mary Blair is probably best known for her work for Disney, including the conceptual art for the beloved ride “It’s a Small World.”


wee society spooky story

If your kids or students are learning about story elements/structure, this create-your-own spooky story from Wee Society would be perfect for this Halloween week!  Here’s a spread from Avery’s story.