Art Activity & Art Instruction Books

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Van Der Hulst, Astrid
The mindful pleasure of learning to draw, with paper goodies and creative secrets from expert illustrators.

Draw the Flow way. In this innovative approach to drawing instruction, the illustrators from Flow magazine open up their tool kits, sharing secrets and techniques to teach the creatively curious how to draw. And paper goodies bound into the book encourage artistic exploration and remind us of the mindful pleasure of doing creative work.

The lessons, 50 in all, show how to render the kinds of things we see every day: a bouquet of flowers, a beloved teacup, colorful mittens, the kitchen table, a bike, jam jars, a cat, an apple tree. Along the way we learn about color, materials, perspective, tools, and negative space.

Filled with paper goodies: ​
  • Paper doll fashion sketchbook to draw your favorite outfits
  • Mini daily drawing pad
  • DIY postcards
  • Watercolor, tracing, and colored papers
  • House interiors to unfold and decorate
  • Item No. 9781523501151
    $24.95
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    Chronicle Books
    Dive into this treasure trove of offbeat, clever, and endlessly absorbing drawing prompts.

    The perfect inspirational guided art journal A rolling pin, a robot, a pickle, a water tower, a hammock, a wasp, a safety pin, a kiss. Some are deceptively simple (just try drawing a bicycle!), some are conceptually mind-bending (sketching the sound of girlish laughter?), and some are refreshingly basic (the only hard thing about drawing an egg is deciding how you want it to be cooked). Hip and helpful, 642 Things to Draw is the perfect inspirational sketchbook, sure to entertain and provoke the imagination of anyone ready to pick up a pencil.

  • Includes 642 random drawing prompts to spark casual doodling while entertaining the mind.
  • With a collection of silly, thought-provoking, simple, and complex prompts, this drawing ideas book will push your mind - and pencil - to think outside the box.
  • While there are no step-by-step, how-to-draw instructions included, you don't have to be a skilled artist to enjoy the relaxing, stimulating, and entertaining drawing ideas.
  • Budding artists and experienced sketchers alike will find themselves invigorated by this collection of unique and wonderful drawing prompts.

    642 Things to Draw is a guided journal that will inspire creativity, energize the mind and stimulate artistry in any aspiring or skilled creator.

  • Makes a unique gift for artists of any age to expand knowledge and boost creative awareness.
  • A must-have for anyone who could benefit from an occasional creative brain break that is pure enjoyment.
  • Item No. 9780811876445
    $16.95
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    Beaty, Andrea
    40+ things to discover, draw, and make!

    Featuring art from the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling picture book Ada Twist, Scientist, this activity book contains kid-friendly projects of all kinds and is the perfect gift for curious young readers! Along the way, Ada will help her fellow scientists solve mysteries big and small and show how the powerful impact of scientific research is felt all around us.

    Do you ask questions? Is why your favorite word? Do you like to search for answers and conduct experiments? Then you're a scientist, just like Ada Twist, and this book is for you!

    Young scientists will have the opportunity to explore all of Ada's favorite sciences--from botany to astronomy to chemistry, and everything in between. They'll do experiments, follow the scientific method, and learn to look more closely at the world around them.

    Learn how to:
    * Build an aquascope
    * Grow plants in your own garden
    * Watch decomposition at work
    * Track the phases of the moon
    * Design a vehicle powered by renewable energy
    And much more!

    And now you can follow Ada's further adventures--with her friends Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck--in the instant New York Times bestseller Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters, an all-new chapter book starring The Questioneers!

    Collect them all!
    Add these other STEM favorites from #1 New York Times bestselling team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts to your family library today!

    Rosie Revere, Engineer
    Ada Twist, Scientist
    Iggy Peck, Architect
    Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters
    Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants
    Iggy Peck's Big Project Book for Amazing Architects
    Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers
    Item No. 9781419730245
    $14.99
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    Bowkett, Steve
    This innovative book is the first to provide a fun, interactive way to learn about architecture. Filled with an array of beautiful and elegant drawings, it poses all manner of architectural challenges for the user: from designing your own skyscraper, to drawing an island house or creating a Constructivist monument, plus many others more.

    Aimed at anyone who loves drawing buildings, it encourages the user to imagine their own creative solutions by sketching, drawing and painting in the pages of the book. In so doing, they will learn about a whole range of significant architectural issues, such as the importance of site and materials, how to furnish a space, how to read plans, how to create sustainable cities and so on.

    The book also includes numerous examples of works and ideas by major architects to draw inspiration from and will appeal to everyone from children to students to architects.

    Item No. 9781780673219
    $19.95
    Architect Academy

    Discover the essential skills required on the way to becoming an architect in this innovative activity book.
     
    Architect Academy gives kids the know-how to plan and draw all sorts of structures, from bridges and schools, to parks and pyramids. Activities range from designing a residential street and your perfect play park to learning some of the math skills used by architects, how to read floor plans, and the basics of interior design. The Architect Toolbag section contains all sorts of goodies, such as Architect Task stickers to use when a challenge is completed, a pull-out poster, and press-out game cards to share with friends.
     
    Architect Academy encourages imaginative play and problem solving, and the fresh, contemporary artwork helps to make basic design and space planning concepts accessible.

    Item No. 9781610675352
    $12.99
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    Gregory, Danny
    Packed with the signature can-do attitude that makes beloved artist Danny Gregory a creativity guru to thousands across the globe, this unique guide serves up a hearty helping of inspiration. For aspiring artists who want to draw and paint but just can't seem to find time in the day, Gregory offers 5- to 10-minute exercises for every skill level that fit into any schedule--whether on a plane, in a meeting, or at the breakfast table--along with practical instruction on techniques and materials, plus strategies for making work that's exciting, unintimidating, and fulfilling. Filled with Gregory's encouraging words and motivating illustrations, Art Before Breakfast teaches readers how to develop a creative habit and lead a richer life through making art.
    Item No. 9781452135472
    $19.95
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    Schwake, Susan
    Art Camp is the second book of art instruction from Susan's new Kids Art Series. This book is an easy-to-use collection of self-guided lessons for kids to pull out again and again to expand their skill sets and gain confidence in making art. The beautiful full-color photographs illustrate the projects in this easy-to-explore guide. Step-by-step simple art adventures are inspired by artists and the natural world in this full-color instructional book.
    Art Camp is the go-to book to slip into a suitcase for vacation or backpack for an overnight as a great alternative to screen time and for some great art-making fun! Perfect for gifting and ideal for the family library!
    This exciting new instructional book is self-guided for kids featuring: 52 expandable art projects that most kids can do on their own! Repeatable projects with different results each time Guide-sized format for backpacks and pockets! Full-color photographs and step-by-step instruction Skill-building projects that grow confidence Simple materials Artists' inspiration Great for trips, classrooms, homeschoolers, youth groups, and, of course, parents!"
    Item No. 9780991293568
    $16.95
    Art for All Seasons
    Susan Schwake
    Art for All Seasons is a well-thought-out handbook of nature-inspired art adventures that can be explored over and over with different results each time. Perfect for parents, teachers, grandparents or anyone working with children making art! The nature-based lessons are beautifully illustrated with more than 400 full-color photographs of the process and additional inspirational images of contemporary artists’ work. Included is information on how to set up a simple home studio, a comprehensive list of materials, how to display and save kid’s art work and ideas surrounding making art with others. A recipe chapter shows how to make some of your own materials and how to use standard art materials. Each lesson is a great springboard of ideas for anyone wanting to be inspired by the natural world to make art. Art for All Seasons will be your perennial go-to book when making art with children.

    Following on the heels of her wildly successful series, Art Lab for Kids, Susan Schwake and her husband, Rainer Schwake, bring us the new Kids Art Series with this first title—Art for All Seasons. Susan Schwake is an artist, art educator, author and curator. Her passion for teaching over the past 20 years has found her working in many diverse settings, and her own art school, which operates in conjunction with their gallery and design firm in New Hampshire: artstreamstudios.com.
    Item No. 9780991293599
    $24.99
    Art Lab for Kids
    Schwake, Susan
    Art Lab for Kids is a refreshing source of wonderful ideas for creating fine art with children. This step-by-step book offers 52 fun and creative art projects set into weekly lessons, beginning with drawing, moving through painting and printmaking, and then building to paper collage and mixed media.

    Each lesson features and relates to the work and style of a contemporary artist and their unique style. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hands-on fine art experiences. Grouped by medium, the labs are set up loosely to build skills upon the previous ones; however, you can begin anywhere.

    Have fun exploring:
  • drawing by creating a whimsical scene on a handmade crayon scratchboard.
  • painting by using watercolors and salt to create a textured landscape.
  • printmaking by using lemons, celery, mushrooms, and other produce to make colorful prints.
  • paper by creating an expressive self-portrait using pieces of colored tissue paper.
  • mixed media by making insects from patterned contact paper and watercolor pencils.
  • Color photos illustrate how different people using the same lesson will yield different results, exemplifying the way the lesson brings out each artist's personal style. Art Lab for Kids is the perfect book for creative families, friends, and community groups and works as lesson plans for both experienced and new art teachers.

    The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus--all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.
    Item No. 9781592537655
    $22.99
    Art Lab for Little Kids
    Schwake, Susan

    Packed with 52 fun and colorful exercises geared toward 3- to 6-year-olds, this book offers parents and teachers an outstanding source of creative art activities to inspire and enrich this wide-eyed and open-hearted age group.

    Activities are organized by medium and designed to encourage self-expression. Each Lab also features the work of a prominent artist for inspiration. Gorgeous photography shows different results from different people using the same lesson, exemplifying the way the lesson brings out each artist's personal style.

    Have fun:

  • drawing with food coloring-tinted ice cubes.
  • painting using a sponge bottle washer and tempera paints.
  • printmaking using balloons, lace, and potatoes to place ink.
  • sculpting with tinfoil, paper mache, and paper tubes.
  • creating mixed media art with fabric, wallpaper samples, and items from nature.
  • Targeting one of the most critical developmental periods for children, Art Lab for Little Kids is the perfect book for both parents and teachers who are seeking enriching and unique experiences to offer this age group. This inspirational book stands out as a unique reference for creating fine art with children through finding the student's own voice, marks, and style and with playful lessons that result in significant skill building.

    The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus--all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.

    Item No. 9781592538362
    $24.99
    Astronaut Academy
    Steve Martin & Jennifer Farley

    Through a series of fun and challenging tasks, readers attend "classes" as part of their special training required to become an astronaut on a mission to Mars. Kids will tackle hand-eye coordination exercises and obstacle courses and learn how to build a balloon rocket as well as first aid skills. There are stickers, a poster and even a model space shuttle!

    Through a series of fun and challenging tasks, kids will attend "classes" as part of their special training required to become an astronaut on a mission to Mars: Space Pilot, Space Living, Space Engineer, Space Scientist and Space Gym. Each topic is accompanied by missions-physical and mental challenges, as well activities designed to mimic the skills involved in real-life training! Kids will tackle hand-eye coordination exercises and obstacle courses and learn how to build a balloon rocket as well as first aid skills. There are stickers, a poster and even a model space shuttle!

    Item No. 9781610674706
    $12.99
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    Zamrzla, Erin
    The handmade books presented here offer creative ways for you to explore your personal styles and interests: Create a record of this year's garden with a book made out of seed packets. Collect your favorite recipes under the protective cover of a plastic cutting mat. Make simple memo pads out of recycle bin scraps. In this collection of twenty-eight Japanese bookbinding projects, traditional techniques meet contemporary style, from easy-to-fold accordion books to the intricate and interesting Japanese stab-stitch bindings.

    Book artist Erin Zamrzla makes Japanese stab binding easy and unintimidating. Her clear step-by-step instructions make even the more complicated stitches easy to re-create. Information on the basics of bookbinding, including terminology, tools, and techniques are included and many projects encourage the creative use of ordinary and recycled materials.

    Make the projects in this book and discover creative ways to chronicle your life's adventures.

    Item No. 9781590308226
    $21.95
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    Shepherd, Walter
    There are 50 new puzzles in this book. There are crime mazes and Christmas mazes, country mazes and city mazes, mazes for all skills and mazes for all seasons of the year. There are even mazes that are games you can play over and over again. Each maze has a story to go with it and often a set of hints and complications. The illustrations are all printed in large size ( perfect for framing or creating in craft or needlework for even more amazing fun ). Some are classical mazes; others are solid mazes, ripple mazes, short-path labyrinths, avoidance labyrinths, mazes where you have to visit all rooms and mazes that test your skill in countless other ways. Also included is an introduction to the history of mazes and a special secton on maze solving. If somehow you don't get one of the mazes or feel you have to test your own conclusions, a solutions section in the back gives full information.
    Item No. 9780486229515
    $8.95
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    Kohl, Maryann
    Adventurous art beyond your wildest imagination!
    Item No. 9780876592069
    $14.95
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    Marton, Eleonora

    A fantastic concertina book that serves as a height chart and a measuring tool to help curious kids get excited about mathematics and measuring. On one side it's a beautiful vintage-style height chart that can be hung on a wall. Flip it over, and it's an activity book that kids are invited to take around the house filling it in; what's bigger--your teddy or a box of cereal? Your mom or your bathtub? When folded, the book measures exactly one foot long, helping make the concept of length more digestible. Weight and volume are also explored. With bold pantone colors and immaculate slipcase packaging, this is both utilitarian design and practical math in action!

    Eleonora Marton is an Italian illustrator and artist living and working in London. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Bologna, Paris and London and her illustration work has featured in The New York Times and The Guardian. Her previous book, DIY ABC, was published by Cicada in 2016.

    Item No. 9781908714404
    $15.95
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    Lauren, Andrea

    Learn to create classic block print patterns for greeting cards, wallpaper, book illustrations and more with Andrea Lauren's easy step-by-step instruction!

    Artist and Designer Lauren shows you simple techniques for creating your own printing blocks out of art-foam. With no cutting and chiseling, these art-foam blocks can be made into shapes and patterns using only scissors and a pencil. Use these printing blocks, or purchased stamps, to create repeat patterns or bundled groupings to get that classic block print look for wallpaper, book illustrations, framing prints, greeting cards, gift wrap, fabric prints, and so much more! Throughout the book, find inspiration from selected works of block print artists from around the world. The new, easy-to-use block printing materials are great for beginners and skilled artists alike. Make your mark with Block Print!

    Item No. 9781631591136
    $22.99
    Bravery Magazine #4: Temple Grandin

    Issue four of Bravery is all about autism advocate and animal behaviorist Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin is a scientist, an inventor, and an expert on animal behavior. She also happens to have autism, and this gives her the ability to see the world differently—in pictures! Issue four teaches about Temple’s life in a fun, engaging way through illustrated stories, fun DIYs, and educational activities that the whole family can enjoy. There’s even a parent section! With an illustrated cover by Monica Garwood and contributions from 18 talented artists and photographers, Bravery is both beautiful and functional. Bravery Magazine is a guide for dreaming and doing, and we hope it will inspire your little ones to be their own kind of brave.

    Specs: 64 full-color pages, soft touch matte cover stock.  8.5’’ x 10.5’’ (portrait)

    Age Range: Bravery is designed with girls and boys ages 4-9 in mind, but really, we think Bravery is for everyone.

    Item No. 77124632
    $18.00
    Bravery Magazine #5: Bessie Coleman & Amelia Earhart
    Bravery Magazine #5: Bessie Coleman & Amelia Earhart

    Issue five of Bravery Magazine is a special anniversary edition featuring two adventurous aviators: Bessie Coleman and Amelia Earhart! Issue five is a "flip flop" issue–it's like getting two magazines in one! With two covers, two story sections and plenty of airplane activities, this issue might be our best yet. There’s even a special tear-out of our "Be Your Own Kind of Brave" art print in the middle! With illustrated covers by D'Ara Nazaryan and contributions from 18 talented artists, photographers, and writers, Bravery is both beautiful and functional. Bravery Magazine is a guide for dreaming and doing, and we hope it will inspire your little ones to be their own kind of brave. International customers are responsible for any customs or VAT fees, limit 2 magazines per order.

    Specs: 64 full-color pages, soft touch matte cover stock.  8.5’’ x 10.5’’ (portrait)

    Age Range: Bravery is designed with girls and boys ages 4-9 in mind, but really, we think bravery is for everyone.

    Item No. 93320001
    $18.00
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    Cosneau, Olivia
    Butterflies, with their transformation from hungry caterpillar to beautiful flying flower, are among the most fascinating animals for children. Observing butterflies and moths introduces them to a wide range of colors and patterns, to the concept of camouflage, and to a colorful habitat of flowers and other plants.

    Butterflies of the World introduces different types of butterflies and moths through a range of interactive activities and stickers. This activity book will keep children entertained for hours through fun activities, such as sticking on the missing wing of a comet moth or coloring in the wings of a Large Blue butterfly. In the process children learn how caterpillars turn into butterflies, what they eat, how they trick predators, and other interesting facts. A quiz at the end of the book tests their knowledge.

    Item No. 9781616894658
    $7.99
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    McElroy, D R
    The zodiac has been used for a millennia to bring humans closer to the cosmos. With this creative masterpiece, it's your turn to travel nearer the heavens following simple directions for painting each of the constellations, accompanied by information about each sign of the zodiac. A basic introduction to watercolor techniques and its tools will get you started.

    Learn how to paint the beautiful night sky throughout the seasons while learning about sun signs and their place in astrology with Celestial Watercolor--complete with an overview of the tools and techniques of watercolor.

    This guide to painting the stars also features:
  • How to achieve the look of the night sky unique to each season, from the light blue summer night to the deep blue of the winter
  • Watercolor wash techniques wet-into-wet and wet-on-dry painting
  • How to paint moons throughout the year, including the 12 moons from the Native American and spiritual traditions
  • Adding environmental elements, including trees, mountains, and lakes
  • Ideas for night sky painting gifts for baby showers, weddings, birthdays, and other occasions
  • Express your passion for the night sky in paint with â Celestial Watercolor, whether you're a weekend artist or a more experienced artist looking to expand your repertoire.
    Item No. 9781631065880
    $19.99
    Clay Lab for Kids
    Stephens, Cassie
    In Clay Lab for Kids, art teacher and winner of the Netflix bake-off show Nailed It! Cassie Stephens presents 52 hands-on projects made with kid-friendly clays that get kids working creatively and thinking three-dimensionally.

    Squishy, colorful, and infinitely shapable, clay just might be the most versatile art material for kids. Author-artist-teacher Cassie Stephens has created all-new clay projects for kids of all skill levels. Start with the basics of rolling, coiling, and pinching pots, and move up to making "Jurassic fossils," animal marionettes, monster magnets, and boxes with secret compartments.

    All of the projects use kid-friendly, no-kiln clay (air-dry, homemade, and polymer) and water-based paints, perfect for home and classroom, plus there's an entire chapter of recipes for mixing up inexpensive homemade clays in the kitchen.

    When creating with clay, kids are introduced to a wide range of cognitive and manual skills they'll work three-dimensionally; make figurative models; use their imaginations in making jewelry and toys; design with color; and decorate with paints.

    The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, bugs, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus--all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.
    Item No. 9781631592706
    $24.99
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    Shay, Bee
    Collage Lab offers artists and crafters a fun and experimental approach to making art. The book is organized into 52 different labs which may, but don't need to be, explored on a weekly basis. The labs can be worked in any order, so that readers can flip around to learn a new mixed-media technique or be inspired by a particular collage theme or application. The underlying message of this book is that artists can and should learn and gain expertise through experimentation and play. There is no right or wrong result for a given exercise, yet readers will gain skills and confidence in collage techniques, allowing them to take their work to a new level. Collage Lab is illustrated with brilliant full-color images and multiple examples of each exercise, offers a visual, non-linear approach to learning art techniques, and reinforces a fun and fearless approach to making art.
    Item No. 9781592535651
    $24.99
    Collage Workshop for Kids
    Merenstein, Shannon
    Be inspired and delighted by Collage Workshop for Kids, a colorful art instruction book on collage techniques for children--made in cooperation with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

    Collage Workshop for Kids pairs essays by educators from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art with instructions on collage technique. Chapters explore favorite art themes for kids and demonstrate how to work with colored tissue paper, newspaper, fabric and buttons, painted paper, torn paper, and more.

    In each chapter, Reggio-inspired author and teacher Shannon Merenstein explores each technique with original ideas. Members of the museum's education staff offer expert advice on creating art with children.

    Everything you need to know about collage is in this book, making it a great reference for teachers, librarians, and parents.
    Item No. 9781631595202
    $25.99
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    Deborah Forman

    Create the very best mixed media with 52 inspiring exercises!

    Strenthening your understanding and use of color will make your mixed-media art shine as you complete 52 labs that span painting, collage, drawing, assemblage and more.

    In Color Lab for Mixed Media Artists, color is explored through multiple lenses-nature, history, psychology, expression-as you work through 52 exciting and approachable projects that explore the infinite potential of the chromatic experience.

    Artist and color-theory expert Deborah Forman provides you with techniques and instruction. These materials and labs focus primarily on paint and collage, along with experimental projects for book making, sculpture and installation. Work your way through the color spectrum, using the steady beat of color as the guiding framework.

    Don't be intimidated by color--understand how it works, what shade, tint, and pure color will work for your project, and how to select, mix, or pair colors. When you're done, you'll have 52 personal, meaningful, outstanding, and colorful projects and the inspiration to create many more!

    "Deb Forman's book is a welcome addition to my studio book shelf. The exercises provide the novice with valuable information on techniques and materials combined with the confidence to explore their own intuitive creative path. For the experienced artist the exercises offer an opportunity to engage with familiar painting mediums in fresh new ways. I would recommend this book both to novice artists just starting out and established artists seeking to reinvigorate their studio practice." - Neal Walsh, Painter and Gallery Director at AS220

    "Deborah Forman is a fantastic teacher. She is able to bring her myriad talents to bear in the classroom by transmitting the joy and pleasure she takes in her own artistic practice to her students, who are at many different points in their own creative journeys. She is incredibly generous with her ideas, and honors the integrity of all of her students by encouraging experimentation, tenacity, and compassion as they develop their own skills as artists." - Dr. Karen Carr, Humanities Professor, RISD

    "Deborah Forman's Color Theory course was inspiring, exciting and informative. She encouraged her students to push their experimentation with color to the limits which resulted in beautiful palettes that I never dreamed I could create. Overall, this class was a wonderful experience and gave me great insight as to which direction I want to take with my own artwork.â??"â?? - former student

    Item No. 9781631590641
    $24.99
    Color Your Own Caterpillar Crown

    Color your own Caterpillar crown! One paper crown with adhesive fastener. Makes a great party or classroom activity! Crowns measure 24" x 5 3/4"

    Item No. 13702579
    $1.00