Art Activity & Art Instruction Books

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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
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
Art Before Breakfast
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 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
    At Home with Handmade Books
    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
    Big Book of Mazes
    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
    Big Messy Art Book
    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
    Butterflies of the World Sticker Activity Book
    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
    Celestial Watercolor: Learn to Paint
    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
    Chef Academy

    Learn how to make food look and taste delicious, discover what it takes to be a successful leader, make your very own chef's hat and lots, lots more as you train to be a world-class chef.

    Item No. 9781610677158
    $12.99
    Collage Lab
    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
    Color Lab
    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
    Creature Garden
    Goldhawk, Harry
    The Creature Garden is an illustrator's step-by-step sourcebook for drawing and painting 50 real and imagined creatures in a whimsical folk-art style. With an embossed cover, striking endpapers, and extraordinary interior illustrations, this beautifully crafted book is a unique piece of art in itself.

    Husband-and-wife illustrator team Harry and Zanna Goldhawk, the founders of Papio Press, teach you how to make vibrant paintings of these beautiful beasts and fictional fauna
  • Mammals, including big cats, wolves, sloths, and red pandas
  • Marine life, including whales, sea dragons, narwhals, and giant Pacific octopi
  • Birds, including peacocks, cranes, owls, and flamingos
  • Insects, including butterflies, moths, bumblebees, and damselflies
  • Mythical creatures, including mermaids, unicorns, dragons, phoenixes, centaurs, and hippogriffs
  • And more!
  • The Creature Garden begins with the basics, first instructing you on which tools to use, how to create patterns, the importance of keeping a sketchbook, and even avoiding comparison with other artists. The book then navigates through each illustration in a step-by-step manner that is manageable and easy to understand. Each project carefully guides you through each phase of the artistic process, from creating an outline to adding a realistic animal pattern.

    You'll also learn how to draw botanical patterns from different environments--the garden, forest, jungle, and ocean--that enable you to surround your animal drawings with a natural environment.

    Full of lush warmth and fairy-tale wonder, The Creature Garden is a wonderful addition to the repertoire of both seasoned artists and novices alike.
    Item No. 9781631064272
    $25.00
    Curious Kid Science Book
    Citro, Asia
    What happens if you water plants with juice? Where can you find bacteria in your house? Is slug slime as strong as a glue stick? How would your child find the answers to these questions?

    In The Curious Kid's Science Book, your child will learn to design his or her own science investigations to determine the answers! Children will learn to ask their own scientific questions, discover value in failed experiments, and -- most importantly -- have a blast with science. The 100+ hands-on activities in the book use household items to playfully teach important science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Each creative activity includes age-appropriate explanations and (when possible) real life applications of the concepts covered. Adding science to your at-home schedule will make a positive impact on your child's learning. Just one experiment a week will help build children's confidence and excitement about the sciences, boost success in the classroom, and give them the tools to design and execute their own science fair projects.

    Item No. 9781943147007
    $21.95
    Cut Paper Pictures
    Robin, Clover
    Cut Paper Pictures is both an inspiration and a guide to using paper as your paint in creating personalized art with amazing depth and texture. Collaging is a fun and easy craft to make no matter what your skill level, and this is an excellent book to assist creative minds through whatever making process they favor.

    Collaging can be done with a variety of different materials. Cut Paper Pictures shows how you can incorporate paint and other materials into your collages to really bring your art to life. Teaching through demonstration and deconstructed projects, visual artist Clover Robin guides you through the process without pushing you into specific projects. Offering step-by-step instructions, visual inspirations, and even a library of unique colors and textures, the author covers all the necessary materials, tools, and know-how, from adding color and using existing photos to create unique personal art.

    Additional uses include:
  • Scrap books,
  • Vision boards
  • Art journals
  • Creative Planners
  • Decoupage
  • Or any other mixed media art project!
  • Whether you're looking to create floral lettering, patterns for prints, nature scenes from landscapes, photo recreation for homemade gifts, personalized maps, or unique and colorful personal cook book entries, this book is for you.

    The book also includes 31 perforated pages that you can pull out and use for your own collage creation. Simple, approachable, and endlessly rewarding, this book allows you to create unique and charming keepsake that you'll cherish forever.
    Item No. 9780760358771
    $25.00
    Dinosaurs Field Guide
    Printworks Kmg
    Discover what dinosaurs looked like and what they ate, what their names mean, where they lived, and much more. This field guide is jam-packed with insights into the lives of creatures from the Mesozoic era, featuring up-to-date information based on recent discoveries. You'll also find loads of dinosaur-related activities, including:
    - Coloring pages
    - Word searches
    - Spot-the-differences
    - Drawing exercises
    - Mazes & more!
    Item No. 9780486491561
    $5.99
    DIY Rainbow Catcher
    Color your world with rainbows! This clever snap-together rainbow maker catches sunlight and projects tiny rainbows into your room like a disco ball. The included book is chockfull of information about how rainbows form: the science of sunlight, prisms, and the very special weather conditions under which rainbows might appear. Activities and experiments include different ways you can mimic rainbow effects, no matter what your weather conditions are, including rainbow slime, a rainbow volcano, a rainbow bubble snake, and much, much more.
    Item No. 9781338643824
    $24.99
    Don't Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book!
    Willems, Mo
    The Pigeon really, really wants to finish this activity book! But that pesky Duckling keeps getting in the way. Oh, and there's someone new on the scene causing all kinds of problems....

    Follow the Bus Driver's lead as you write, color, draw, create--even build an airport!--in this fun-filled book starring the Pigeon and YOU.

    Item No. 9781423133100
    $19.99
    Draw Bridge: A Draw Your Own Adventure Book
    Chronicle
    To move from one side of the page to another, simply draw a bridge. Draw a bridge of wooden planks, or perhaps an impressive suspension bridge. Or a slide. Or a clothesline. Or a flying horse. As the world sprawls ever forward through the book, users' imaginations create the connections across an ever-expanding, ever-more-unusual landscape. Wordless pages filled with beautiful, odd landscapes give users backgrounds to draw the bridges of their wildest imagination. This inventive take on a coloring book functions like an analog video game, different for every user, engaging for every mind.
    Item No. 9781452160979
    $14.99
    Drawing Book with Melissa Sweet

    Draw with Melissa Sweet!

    Item No. ARTBK2
    $9.95