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First Art Book 1

Art experiences for young children

Young children can discover their own independence as well as the mystery of combinations, the joy of exploration, the delight of creating and the frustration of challenges - all important pieces in the puzzle of learning. Through the art process, they can explore, discover and manipulate their worlds. This book provides parents and educators with tools that allow this process to happen.

Ages: 1-4 | Pages: 76 | Code: 0739 | ISBN: 9781927221167
Series: First Art

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MaryAnn Kohl

Award-winning author MaryAnn F. Kohl is a regularly featured columnist for Parenting Magazine. She has also written the best-selling favourites First Art, Art with Anything, The Big Messy Art Book, Making Make-Believe, MathArts and The Preschool Art series which includes Drawing, Painting, Clay and Dough, Craft and Construction and Collage and Paper. She is the co-author of Global Art and Cooking Art with Jean Potter. MaryAnn lives in Bellingham, Washington.

Renee Ramsey

Renee Ramsey has taught process-oriented art to toddlers and preschoolers for over 15 years. Her popular toddler art programme, ‘My First Art Class’, is presented in recreation centres in 10 different cities in the California bay area. An accomplished ceramics artist, Renee lives with her husband, Steve, and their own toddler, Ginger, in San Jose, California.

Dana Bowman

Dana Bowman was first introduced to MaryAnn’s philosophy of art when reading her book Preschool Art. She was pleased to find an author who felt the process of art for young children was more important than the finished product. Dana and her husband, Mike, live in Palo Alto, California, with their three children: twin daughters Heather and Elizabeth, and younger sister Karen.


Who are young children?5
"It's the process, not the product"6
How to use this book7
Using the icons8
Getting ready!9
Early experiences with process art: The place to begin with young children11
Chapter 1: Primarily paint13
First fingerpainting14
Tabletop fingerpainting16
Out & about water painting18
First colour mixing19
Paper stain painting20
Marvellous homemade paints – 24 Recipes21
Painting goes wild!25
Tempera dabble26
Paint it: Four process ideas27
Magic paint bag29
Texture scrap painting30
Paper quilt painting31
Rainy day spray32
Chapter 2: Hands on dough33
Feelie goop34
Clean mush35
Outdoor mudpies36
Squeezing rainbows37
Stretchy dough38
Rubbery flubbery dough40
Sculpture in a bag43
Foil squeezing44
Easiest bread dough45
Playclay keeper47
Easy big beads49
Stringing big beads50
Silly dough52
Chapter 3: Making marks53
Drawing in sand54
Making marks55
Brightest chalk scribbles56
Chalk & water drawings57
Bundle scribble box58
Sandpaper & stubs59
Scribble it!60
Dibbidy-dab draw62
The need to squeeze63
Draw & paint black magic64
First crayon resist65
First rubbings66
Materials index68
Icon index73
Alphabetical activity index75