Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas

Art Books for Kids

The holidays are here! It’s time to put on your creative gift-giving thinking cap! Here are some beautiful, creative and just darn FUN books that would make great gifts for the kids on your list.

Why give an art book as a gift?  Most kids enjoy creating art.  They love to “get messy” using paint, Play-Doh, glue, and glitter.  However, some kids do not consider themselves to be artists and do not believe they are able to create beautiful art.  Other kids get a little stuck in their creativity and need a nudge to help them expand the types of art they create.  Here are some great books that feature compelling stories and beautiful illustrations that encourage kids to use their imaginations to develop a greater appreciation of the different ways to create art and a greater understanding of the messages that art can convey.

  1. The Beautiful Oops, by Barney SaltzbergHave you ever observed your kids or your students ball up a piece of paper because they made a mistake while drawing?  Well The Beautiful Oops will give your little artist ideas as to how turn what at first seems to be a mistake into something wonderful.
  2. The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.  This book is ideal for the hesitant artist who does not quite know where to start.  In response to her teacher’s suggestion that she start off by making a dot, Vashti angrily puts a dot on her paper.  From that dot the word of art opens up to Vashti.
  3. I Am an Artist by Pat Lowery Collins. Many kids and adults alike are quite creative but have a hard time viewing themselves as artists.  Collins shows that the definition of “artist” is quite broad.  By simply looking closely at objects around them kids will eventually realize that they do indeed have the mind and imagination of an artist.
  4. Why is Blue Dog Blue by George Rodrigue. Written by Cajun artist George Rodrigue, Why is the Blue Dog Blue encourages kids to think beyond the obvious when they create art and to make color choices based on the message they want to send through their art.  While Rodrigue’s message may seem complex, the book is written in a way that children will understand and apply it to their own artwork.
  5. Ish by Peter H. Reynolds.  Oftentimes adults and even other kids do not quite understand drawings created by kids.  However, to the artist the drawing makes perfect sense.  Ish gives encouragement to that child who has become discouraged because his or her artwork has been misunderstood.
  6. Layla the Lonely Ladybug by Sarah E. McManus. This one is not as directly art themed as the others on our list, but the art work in the book is darling and it’s message is heart warming. Buy it here.

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years. Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Art Process vs. Art Product

Art Process vs. Art Product

The Process of Creating Art Versus the Finished Art Product

For young children learning art, each new project is an opportunity to explore new materials and new processes.  While the ultimate goal is to complete a specific piece of art, the process of achieving that goal should be more of the focus than the quality of the final product.  For example, if the assignment is to create a picture of a cat using torn paper, it is more important to focus on and understand the steps that each child takes in creating his or her cat.  It is less important that each child’s cat looks radically different.  It is acceptable that one cat has a short tail, another cat has a long tail, and a third child’s cat only has one ear.   The learning takes place through the process, and the final product does not tell the full story of what was learned through the creation of that product.

For a child, the process is exploration.  It is the act of learning.  As your child goes through this necessary process, he or she may not immediately comprehend every nuance of the lesson.  Or he or she may interpret particular details of the lesson in a way that the teacher did not intend.  The final product, as imperfect as it may seem, cannot tell the whole story without the context provided by the process.

So, delight in your child’s unique way of exploring the materials.  Be intrigued by the varying ways that he or she chooses to use the materials.  Ask questions along the way.  During this process, not only will your child learn, but you will also learn from your child.

 

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years. Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

Open a Kidcreate Studio and use the power of art to
positively influence the lives of children.

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Master this Year’s Halloween Costume!

Master this Year’s Halloween Costume!

Costume Inspiration From Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Warhol, Mondrian & More!

Make Halloween about more than just candy this year! These fun art master inspired make-at-home costumes will stimulate your child’s creativity and turn Halloween into an art history lesson. 

Here are some of our favorite art history themed costume ideas from the World Wide Web!

 

 This Halloween Become an
Art Masterpiece or a Famous Artist!

Van Gogh- Starry Night

via upload.wikimedia.org

via Imgur

Jackson Pollock

via upload.wikimedia.org

via oceanfulloflemons.wordpress.com

Vermeer- Girl with the Pearl Earring

via blogger.com

via costumesandcakes.blogspot.com

Roy Lichtenstein

via tumblr.com

Via buzzfeed

Via The Neat Life

Edvard Munch- The Scream

via totallyhistory.com

Via Kids Out and About

Da Vinci- Mona Lisa

via files.doobybrain.com

Via Alpha Mom

Via Blue Speckled Pup

Andy Warhol- Pop Art

Via Do More Be More

Via Coolest Homemade Costumes

Mondrian

via wordpress.com

via hangwithbigpictureframing.com

Grant Wood- American Gothic

Via blogs.cas.suffolk.edu

Via seakettle.com

Van Gogh- Self Portrait

Via arthistorymom.com

 

Frida Kahlo

via Art History Mom

Via Oh Happy Day

Andy Warhol

Via gbllifestyle.com

Via bbmondo.com

Via Oh Happy Day

Bob Ross

Via W V Public

Via Bu Buh Du Designs

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years. Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

Open a Kidcreate Studio and use the power of art
to positively influence the lives of children.

Click here to learn more about franchise opportunities with Kidcreate Studio.

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Lunches of Love

Lunches of Love

What do you get when you combine kids, art, lunch bags and a mission to cheer up the families of sick children?

Another great art lesson!

This summer, Kidcreate Studio partnered with Lunches of Love to donate 10,000 decorated paper lunch bags to be distributed (and hopefully to cheer up) sick children and their families. Lunches of Love is in partnership between Ronald McDonald House and The American Family Children’s Hospital. 

 

All around the country, Kidcreate students added their own creative touches and love to thousands of lunch bags.

We are sooooo proud of the inspirational, kind, funny, artistic, colorful, and all around beautiful bags our students created!

 


Empathy, compassion, and love are just a few more lessons art can teach!

 

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years. Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

Open a Kidcreate Studio and use the power of art to positively
influence the lives of children.

Click here to learn more about franchise opportunities with Kidcreate Studio.

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10 Lessons that Art Teaches

10 Lessons that Art Teaches

 

the arts and the creation of mind book cover10 Lessons that Art Teaches
by Elliot Eisner

Why encourage children to learn about and create art?  Why should communities invest in art programs?  While children undeniably relish participating in all types of arts activities, as demonstrated through the imaginative visual, literary and performance projects they create, involvement in the arts also teaches children skills that are applicable to all aspects of life.  In his book The Arts and the Creation of Mind, Elliot Eisner describes 10 of these skills.

  1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
  2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
  3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
  4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.
  5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know.
  6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
  7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
  8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
  9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
  10. The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.

SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications. NAEA grants reprint permission for this excerpt from Ten Lessons with proper acknowledgment of its source and NAEA 

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years. Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

Open a Kidcreate Studio and use the power of art
to positively influence the lives of children.

Click here to learn more about franchise opportunities with Kidcreate Studio.

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10 Amazing, Messy, Inspiring and Very Fun Summer Art Projects!

10 Amazing, Messy, Inspiring and Very Fun Summer Art Projects!

Are you looking for some fun art ideas to keep your kids busy this summer?

Here are some of the most popular art lessons and messy time projects from the Kidcreate Studio blog.

 

Artist Inspired Projects . . . 

 

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!
(Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub)

Click here to go to blog post.

 

 

 

Escher Tessellations

Click here to go to blog post.

 

 

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Cassatt Monoprints

Click here to go to blog post.

 

 

 

 

Fireworks Reflection

Click here to go to blog post.

 

 

 

 

Action Painting (Jackson Pollock)

Click here to go to blog post.

 

 

Magnificent Monet

Click here to go to blog post.

 

 

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Messy Time Projects . . . 

 

Homemade Model Magic

Click here to go to blog post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 This Putty is so Silly. . . Homemade Silly Putty

Click here to go to blog post.

 

 

 

Ice Cream in a Bag!
Make your own ice cream at home without an ice cream maker!

Click here to go to blog post.

 

 

 

 

  

Go Green!
Recycle Old, Dried Out Markers into Paint!

Click here to go to blog post.

 

 

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years. Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

Open a Kidcreate Studio and use the power of art
to positively influence the lives of children.

Click here to learn more about franchise opportunities with Kidcreate Studio.

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