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The Artful Parent

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Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art & Creativity

by Jean Van't Hul

Includes over 60 art projects for children ages 1 to 8 years.

Winner of the 2013 Family Choice Awards and named one of the Amazon Best Books of the Year, this book provides the tools and inspiration to provide an art-rich environment that encourages children’s creativity, imagination, and self-confidence. Topics covered include ::

  • Getting started
  • Choosing art supplies
  • Setting up an art space
  • How to talk to kids about art
  • Fun arts & crafts activities

Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage your children’s creativity through art. You’ll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids’ art activities to soften everyday transitions.

The more than sixty engaging kids’ arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they’re a far cry from the cookie-cutter crafts many of us did in school as kids. From bubble prints to musical chairs art, these kids art activities allow children to explore art materials, techniques, and ideas as they grow more creative every day. With activities for downtime, action art for releasing energy, and recipes for making your own art materials, this book is your guide for raising an artful family.

 

Softcover, 344 pages.  Full colour photos, and illustrations throughout.  7 x 8.5"

Roost Books, 2013.

 

Reviews:

"My children attended a nature preschool and one of the most glaring differences I noticed was that the artwork displayed in the kitchens of others was close to perfect, whereas ours was messy and frequently unrecognizable. One of the teachers at our preschool held an art degree. It was she that explained to me (what this book explains) the value of art as a vehicle of creativity, exploration, discovery and hands-on learning. I have spent time every week of their lives coming up with crafts or art projects for my kids, so I had some concern that this book might offer little to me, especially now that my kids are almost seven and eight. I was wrong!!"  ~Kelli (goodreads.com)

"The message of this book is win-win-win: encourage your children to express their creativity, become more creatively inspired yourself, and transform the world and the future in the process.
From a parent's point of view, this book is a treasure trove of instruction, advice and lessons on helping kids express themselves in a myriad of creative ways. After reading this book, my only wish was that I could become a child again so that I could have a parent who owned this book and followed the suggestions it contains!
As a person who has worked with Jean through my writing classes and book proposal coaching, I glimpsed this book way, way back, when it was just a glimmer in Jean's eye. Suffice it to say, however, that the final version of this book blows away any preconceived expectations I may have had of how The Artful Parent would turn out. This book is a masterpiece that blends art and parenting in a way that has never been so thoughtfully achieved. The attention to detail in this book is admirable and inspiring.
Hearty thanks to Jean Van't Hul and her dedication and perseverance to the book-creation process. Beautiful books like this are not by chance, they are labors of love. And congrats, as well, to Roost Books for being wise enough to recognize a brilliant author, teacher and parent in Jean, and for doing such a splendid job with the production of this book.
I will recommend The Artful Parent to every parent I ever meet." ~Christina Katz

"This book was excellent and beyond inspiring." ~Zina Harrington

"Handsomely designed book. I kept borrowing it from the library, and finally decided to just buy a copy!" ~Michelle Young (goodreads.com)

"There are so many things to love about this book - the beautiful, inviting photography, the practical-yet-not-predictable ideas for materials and projects, the realistic approach to helping children create art, and the helpful resource suggestions. Maybe best of all, this book swayed me more in the direction of leading process-oriented art rather than the usual adult-centric product-oriented creations. We'll be using this book as an art curriculum of sorts for the preschool years." ~Maggie (goodreads.com)

"One of the best books I've seen on creativity with children. The projects are all completely accessible and engaging." ~Marianna (goodreads.com)

 

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Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art & Creativity

by Jean Van't Hul

Includes over 60 art projects for children ages 1 to 8 years.

Winner of the 2013 Family Choice Awards and named one of the Amazon Best Books of the Year, this book provides the tools and inspiration to provide an art-rich environment that encourages children’s creativity, imagination, and self-confidence. Topics covered include ::

  • Getting started
  • Choosing art supplies
  • Setting up an art space
  • How to talk to kids about art
  • Fun arts & crafts activities

Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage your children’s creativity through art. You’ll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids’ art activities to soften everyday transitions.

The more than sixty engaging kids’ arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they’re a far cry from the cookie-cutter crafts many of us did in school as kids. From bubble prints to musical chairs art, these kids art activities allow children to explore art materials, techniques, and ideas as they grow more creative every day. With activities for downtime, action art for releasing energy, and recipes for making your own art materials, this book is your guide for raising an artful family.

 

Softcover, 344 pages.  Full colour photos, and illustrations throughout.  7 x 8.5"

Roost Books, 2013.

 

Reviews:

"My children attended a nature preschool and one of the most glaring differences I noticed was that the artwork displayed in the kitchens of others was close to perfect, whereas ours was messy and frequently unrecognizable. One of the teachers at our preschool held an art degree. It was she that explained to me (what this book explains) the value of art as a vehicle of creativity, exploration, discovery and hands-on learning. I have spent time every week of their lives coming up with crafts or art projects for my kids, so I had some concern that this book might offer little to me, especially now that my kids are almost seven and eight. I was wrong!!"  ~Kelli (goodreads.com)

"The message of this book is win-win-win: encourage your children to express their creativity, become more creatively inspired yourself, and transform the world and the future in the process.
From a parent's point of view, this book is a treasure trove of instruction, advice and lessons on helping kids express themselves in a myriad of creative ways. After reading this book, my only wish was that I could become a child again so that I could have a parent who owned this book and followed the suggestions it contains!
As a person who has worked with Jean through my writing classes and book proposal coaching, I glimpsed this book way, way back, when it was just a glimmer in Jean's eye. Suffice it to say, however, that the final version of this book blows away any preconceived expectations I may have had of how The Artful Parent would turn out. This book is a masterpiece that blends art and parenting in a way that has never been so thoughtfully achieved. The attention to detail in this book is admirable and inspiring.
Hearty thanks to Jean Van't Hul and her dedication and perseverance to the book-creation process. Beautiful books like this are not by chance, they are labors of love. And congrats, as well, to Roost Books for being wise enough to recognize a brilliant author, teacher and parent in Jean, and for doing such a splendid job with the production of this book.
I will recommend The Artful Parent to every parent I ever meet." ~Christina Katz

"This book was excellent and beyond inspiring." ~Zina Harrington

"Handsomely designed book. I kept borrowing it from the library, and finally decided to just buy a copy!" ~Michelle Young (goodreads.com)

"There are so many things to love about this book - the beautiful, inviting photography, the practical-yet-not-predictable ideas for materials and projects, the realistic approach to helping children create art, and the helpful resource suggestions. Maybe best of all, this book swayed me more in the direction of leading process-oriented art rather than the usual adult-centric product-oriented creations. We'll be using this book as an art curriculum of sorts for the preschool years." ~Maggie (goodreads.com)

"One of the best books I've seen on creativity with children. The projects are all completely accessible and engaging." ~Marianna (goodreads.com)

 

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SKU: ISBN 978-1-59030-964-3