Author(s): Susan Schwake
Developed for the younger set (4-6 year olds) and targeting one of the most critical developmental periods for children, Art Lab for Little Kids is the perfect book for both parents and teachers who are seeking enriching and unique experiences to offer this age group. As in Susan Schwake's first book, Art Lab for Kids (Quarry Books, 2012), the Labs can be used as singular projects, or used to build up to a year of hands-on fine art experiences. Each Lab also features the work of a prominent artist for inspiration. The book begins with an introduction on materials and setting up a space for making art. The lessons that follow are open-ended to be explored over and over - with different results each time. They are geared for children being taught or guided by adults and are successful on all levels of experience and age. They do not result in "cookie cutter" end products, but are a method of learning something new each time they are used. This motivational book stands out as a unique reference for creating fine art with children through finding the student's own voice, marks and style and with playful lessons that result in significant skill building. Gorgeous photography shows different results from different people using the same lesson, exemplifying the way the lesson brings out each artist's personal style. Art Lab for Little Kids is a fresh source of creative activities for families and community groups or will work as lesson plans for both experienced and new art teachers in home school, preschool, and kindergarten environments.
"Art Lab for Little Kids author, susan Schwake, follows her wildly successful, Art Lab for Kids with another solid hit - a clear, simple guide to exploring art with small children that parents and teachers will delight in." - Rebecca Emberley, Best-selling children's book author and illustrator "Based on the ideas and images of master artists, these art activities and experiences are developmentally appropriate, adventurous, imaginative, and thoroughly engaging while leading to the creation of artworks with meaning and significance. Art Lab for Little Kids is an important contribution to the literature of the often-overlooked field of visual arts education for preschool children." - Bill Haust, Professor Emeritus of Art Education, Plymouth State University
Susan Schwake is an art instructor in her own art school, where she has created her own curriculum. Her vision to teach and share art on her own terms has grown into artstream studios (http://www.artstreamstudios.com), which includes a contemporary gallery, an adjunct teaching staff of three, workshops and retreats most every day of the year, and their own full media design firm. She lives in Rochester, NY. Visit her online at http://www.susanschwake.com.