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Preschool Art

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Author: K. Whelan Dery
ISBN: 978-0876591680
Original Region: United States
Original Language: English
Publication Date: 1994
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Book Introduction:

Over 200 activities encourage children to explore and understand their world through art experiences that emphasize the process of art, not the product. The first chapter introduces basic art activities appropriate for all children, while the subsequent chapters, which build on the basic activities in the first chapter, are divided by seasons. Activities are included for painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and construction. Indexes organized by art medium and project name help teachers plan. 260 pages.

• Benjamin Franklin Award

• Early Childhood News Director’s Award

Preschool Art is a lifesaver . . . All the activities are easy, all are fun—the emphasis here is on the process, rather than specific results—and none require any elaborate materials . . . a real find.—Sesame Street Parents, "Picks for Parents"

"Preschool Art offers help to parents of preschoolers struggling to meet the challenge of their children’s creative impulses. Prodigies aside, most kids this age aren’t interested in the final product; they are into the doing of art . . . . There is no right or wrong way, only their way. Kohl understands. She explains how to make and use many kinds of art materials based on the concept that the process not the product, is important. From old standbys like play dough to new craft discoveries like liquid crayons and frozen balloons, she provides hundreds of ways to enjoy and explore the creative process."—MetroParent, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Kohl offers 250 projects complete with materials, processes and illustrated variations. She also adds practical hints that troubleshoot anticipated problems. The recipes are valuable well beyond the preschool years."—SchoolArts

Editorial Reviews

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Preschool Art is a lifesaver . . . All the activities are easy, all are fun. . . a real find. -- Sesame Street Parents, “Picks for Parents”

Preschool Art , by MaryAnn Kohl, offers help to parents of preschoolers struggling to meet the challenge of their children's creative impulses. Prodigies aside, most kids this age aren't interested in the final product; they are into the doing of art.

There is no right or wrong way, only their way. Kohl understands. She explains how to make and use many kinds of art materials based on the concept that the process not the product, is important. From old standbys like play dough to new craft discoveries like liquid crayons and frozen balloons, she provides hundreds of ways to enjoy and explore the creative process. -- MetroParent, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This is a very organized, thorough assembling of preschool art activities that could be a valuable asset to any preschool teacher as well as individual interested in doing art with young children . . . I can see this book becoming my primary art resource. -- Tot Spot Coordinator, Discovery Center Museum

We found the book very well put together, easy to use and the instructions complete and easy to follow. . . . -- Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia

Young children do art for the experience, the exploration and the experimentation. It's a process by which they can discover the world. . . Using materials commonly found in the home, child care or preschool program, children can explore discover and create open-ended art experiences. Best of all, there are no adult-made samples so the imagination of the artist can roam free.

Each activity has up to five icons Age, planning/Preparation, Help, Caution, and author's Favorite which serve as a guide for making the projects more usable and accessible for the artist, caregiver, teacher or parent. -- Family Times

From the Back Cover Preschool Art offers over 200 process-oriented art experiences for children ages 3-6. Using materials commonly found in the home, child care, or preschool program children explore, discover, and create open-ended art experiences. There are no adult-made samples to copy-only the imagination of the artist and materials at hand.

About the Author

MaryAnn Kohl presents workshops for teachers at early childhood conferences all over the U.S. She received her B. A. in Elementary Education from Old Dominion University in Virginia. Ms. Kohl shares he enthusiasm for learning through teaching creative art to young children, using both integrated curriculum and learning center approaches. Her motto is "It's the process, not the product." The owner of Bright Ring Publishing, Inc., Ms. Kohl lives with her husband, and two daughters in Bellingham, Washington.

MaryAnn Kohl's other books include ScienceArts with Jean Potter, Good Earth Art and MathArts with Cindy Gainer, Preschool Art, Mudworks, Scribble Art, and Great Artists. Five of her books have won Benjamin Franklin Awards.



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