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Great American Artists for Kids
Great American Artists for Kids

Great American Artists for Kids

Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters


Bright Ideas for Learning


144 Pages, 11 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, PDF, EPUB

Trade Paper, $19.99 (US $19.99) (CA $26.99)

Publication Date: July 2019

ISBN 9781641601702

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jul 2019)


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Fun and easy art-appreciation activities abound in this resource that features 75 American artists from colonial times to the present. A brief biography for each artist tells why his or her work is important, and a kid-tested art activity tries out the artist's approach. For Georgia O'Keeffe, children will explore the concept of distance and foreground in a desert painting. To understand Frederic Remington's sculptures, they will create a face cast. Leroy Nieman will inspire a sketch of athletes. And for James Whistler, children will explore portraiture. Projects stress the creative process and encourage kids to try unusual techniques such as block printing, soak-stain, and stone carving as they learn about architecture, drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. Great American Artists for Kids includes easy-to-follow icons to indicate the experience, preparation, and materials necessary for each project, as well as guides to the style, movement, or era of each artist. Resources include websites for further research or artworks, a glossary, and a list of artists by style. 


"What a gift the authors have given student and teacher, child and adult alike." — Joseph Raffael, American artist

"Focuses children on the delight of putting one color directly next to or on top of another color, as opposed to filling in black outlines." —Wolf Kahn, American artist

"Wonderful book."  —Patricia Relay, administrator, Washington Art Consortium, Bellingham, Washington

"Truly a treasure!" —Dr. Robert Rockwell, author, Mudpies to Magnets

"What a find!" —Kay M. Albrecht, PhD., early childhood specialist and author, Innovations in Early Childhood Education

"How refreshing!" —Ruth V. Roberts, Indianapolis Museum of Art

"The inspiration that every teacher or parent needs to encourage young artists." —Dr. Rebecca Isbell, director, Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development, East Tennessee State University

"Very well done!" —Carrie Rodamaker, programs director, Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Preservation, Inc., Spring Green, Wisconsin

Author Biography

MaryAnn F. Kohl is the award-winning author of Discovering Great Artists, First Art, and Preschool Art. She lives in Bellingham, Washington. Kim Solga, watercolor artist and writer in Mt. Shasta, California, specializes in art with children. She is the creator of art teaching supplies and writes hand-on art books, magazines, and art curriculum texts.