When I started to read arts and crafts books systematically, I was looking for resources for my community: I volunteer at a center with over 80 children of all ages, and we painted a lot. You can see other recommendations here and here.
However, as Instagram started to grow in the arts education community, I learned a few things, and these books are a great excuse to introduce you to some of them. Hope they help you!
Let’s start with a caption:
Mini Masterpieces: Explore Art History with Hands-On Projects for Kids by Laura Lohmann.
Wallpaper art was born as a blog, and has grown over the decades as THE go-to place for painting instructions for children. She has a great tutorial for making (life changing) wallpaper, but Laura’s greatest asset is the clarity and confidence she conveys in her young artists.
Under his leadership, they truly create masterpieces. And of course, her book is full of ideas that you can do at home. As an elementary art teacher, she knows the ins and outs to impart useful information, draw inspiration from many artists, and create stunning works of art, and I have to admire her skill in curating this book.
First, its material list is the most appropriate I’ve seen in a while, fairly straightforward but with an emphasis on quality.
Second, the 52 art projects featured in this book are well thought out for ages 5 to 12, at all skill levels. There are a few color studies here that seem pretty straightforward, but demonstrate why no other art teacher decided to tackle this before her, I think they were waiting for her book to appear first!
Finally, it is an excellent investment. If you want to learn how to teach kids art, this will be my first recommendation.
Laura Lohmann has a web page, an Instagram account and a great TPT page. By the way, I would recommend parents to check Teachers often pay teachers because there are a ton of lessons for different things and sometimes they offer free stuff. A lot of people take advantage of this single page.
Mini Masterpieces: Explore Art History with Hands-On Projects for Kids has been on sale since September 22, 2020.
Publisher: Innovation Press
EAN / UPC: 9781943147830
BIAC categories: Elementary activities
Next, let’s focus on a rising star:
Exactly you! The shape of your feelings by Sarah Krajewski
Sarah Krajewski is a young elementary school teacher, artist and instagrammer. she is behind Art Room Glitter Fairy, and also writes a lot to University of Educational Arts. This is his first book.
Of course, the theme and the way it is presented responds to a year that has been difficult for most and very difficult for others. It deals with great feelings such as anxiety, depression, and self-esteem. She has one goal in mind, and that is to approach this subject with her young students through art.
It also comes with a few exercises at the end of the book, which are quite simple and clever, like the Control Circle (where you can scribble furiously and then mark off what is in your power to control). His love of abstract art and collage permeates every page and I would love to see more of his work on the future.
Exactly you! The shape of your feelings has been on sale since October 10, 2020.
Publisher: Orange Hat Publishing
EAN / UPC: 9781645381846
BISAC categories: Emotions & Feelings -Self-Esteem & Autonomy
Sarah Krajewski has a webpage, Instagram account, awesome YouTube channel full of resources, TPT page, and she sells her designs on Etsy.
On her Insta, she does a lot of interviews with a diverse set of art teachers and designers. When the pandemic first hit, she, along with Cassie Stephens, launched a series of daily videos to entertain children and invite them to make art at home with limited resources. They made it possible for me and countless children to go through a very difficult time, and I thank them for that.
Finally, this book is a pretext to tell you about the resource in which it is found:
Crayola (R) Color in Cultivation by Mari C. Schuh
With beautiful photos designed to highlight color in different cultures, this book is part of a series of explorations that Crayola has developed for its new brand: CreatEd.
Essentially, Created anticipated the need for home resources associated with digital content. I intuitively believe that many parents might have decided to drop out of school altogether and opt for home schooling until further notice. Crayola strives to provide content for both schools and parents, and makes lesson plans that include, of course, some of its various art materials.
While I think the course instructions in these packages are still a bit simple, I also think they will get better. Plus, I love art supplies. The lesson plans presented in their webpage are something else entirely – they offer doable projects that emphasize STEAM content and cultural diversity. Additionally, last year Crayola released a Colors of the World box set featuring 24 different skin tones, which is a big step towards representation.
Crayola (R) Color in Cultivation is on sale since 01 January 2018.
Publisher: Lerner Publications (Tm)
Publication date: January 01, 2018
CreatEd has a webpage, Facebook page, lesson plans, and sets on sale to match. It strives to build a community around these resources and has hosted some Read along, draw along present in this 2021, the last was with James Dean, author of Pete the cat.