Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mrs. Winterbloom Presents: Art

Art by Krista V.

From the fingerpaintings hanging on the fridge to elaborate mud pies offered in lieu of dinner, art is all around kids. They love color and expression from the minute they can express themselves. What are some of the best resources on art for kids?


Ish and The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds are slim, poetic stories about creation that resonate with even the youngest readers.
The Touch the Art series puts classics by the likes of Monet, Picasso, and Van Gogh in your childrens' hands. Make Van Gogh's Bed, Feed Matisse's Fish, and Tickle Tut's Toes!
Art by Patrick McDonnell, knows best that "THERE'S NO STOPPING ART...WHEN ART IS INSPIRED."
A Day with No Crayons, by Elizabeth Rush, has its punished protagonist find color and art in everything.
Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman is an irresistible rhyming tribute to the humble line, the foundation of art--with monsters and whales in!


Kristen's Fairy House
is a gentle, beautiful filmed story about a girl who visits her aunt, an illustrator, and discovers mysterious fairy guerilla art sculptures in the woods
Harold and the Purple Crayon is a classic tale about the power of imagination--and one purple crayon!
Painted Tales animates original stories based on masterpieces by Van Gogh and Monet

Books and CD:

Ian Falconer's Olivia lives a charmed life, imagining herself an actress, a lion tamer, a ballerina, and always believes in her own talent. Try watercoloring in two colors, just like Ian Falconer.

Want to make cut-paper collages like Matisse? Let Chicka Chicka Boom Boom be your inspiration.


The Imagination Factory
has lots of instructions for handmade toys and recycled art
NGA Kids is packed with activities, pictures, stories, and even an animated musical adventure!

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