Art & Education

Rapunzel's Supermarket
Kolbe, Ursula
Book by Kolbe, Ursula
Item No. 9780975772218
$39.95
Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books from Recycled
Stein, Jeannine
Re-Bound is a beautiful book on bookbinding with a fun green twist-all the projects use recycled and upcycled materials. This book shows you how to take everyday materials from around the house, flea markets, thrift stores, and hardware stores and turn them into clever and eye-catching hand-made books.
Item No. 9781592535248
$24.99
Robot Drawing Book (Hardcover)
Masiello, Ralph
This easy-to-follow guide makes it simple for robot lovers and aspiring artists alike to learn how to draw robots. In step-by-step illustrations, beloved author/illustrator Ralph Masiello shows kids how to use circles, ovals, and other shapes build the body of a basic robot. Then it's off to the warehouse for spare parts where artists can use dials, switches, and antennae to make their design one of a kind. Bonus challenge steps show artists how to add claws, armor, and other fantastic features. The simple shapes and sequenced steps will encourage both confidence and creativity for artists at any level.
Item No. 9781570915352
$16.95
Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling
Neuburger, Emily K

Encouraging children to let their imagination run wild, Emily K. Neuburger offers 40 inventive projects and activities that will inspire kids ages 5 to 12 to express themselves through storytelling. Younger children will love making story stones and a storytelling jar, while older kids will open up and thrive as they embark on guided story walks and inspiring journaling exercises. Sparking creativity while developing a child's love of language, Show Me a Story will kindle a lifelong passion for both writing and telling original stories.

Item No. 9781603429887
$16.95
Side by Side: 20 Collaborative Projects
Carson, Tsia
Crafting is always more fun and more meaningful when it's shared with those you love. Discover the joy of working alongside your child while creating arts and crafts that inspire. With these twenty whimsical projects in a variety of mediums, you and your child will find fun ways to work collaboratively and independently--together on the same project, or side by side on related projects. Create Giant Newspaper Snowflakes that take traditional paper snowflakes to magical new levels. Create surprising monoprints that take glitter glue to new heights. Explore the versatility of embroidery with a child-friendly version that uses a leaf as the canvas and a more advanced version that uses a child's drawing for stitching inspiration. Get out in the garden and plant a Living Willow Teepee that will be a perfect playhouse and retreat for years to come.

Some of life's best moments are spent simply doing things in the presence of the ones we love, not necessarily doing the same thing together, but being together and working side by side. The craft projects in this book will help you to create just those moments with your child.

Item No. 9781590309568
$19.95
Star, Branch, Spiral Fan
James, Yellena

True beauty is found in nature, making this the perfect sketch book for your art inspiration!

As if being responsible for dazzling sunsets and the aurora borealis were not enough, nature is also guardian to the universal principals of design. With mathematical perfection, its recurring structures seem to magically adapt as they show up in hundreds of ways: the radial star at the center of snowflakes, fruits and flowers, and the arms of starfish; spirals at the heart of nautilus shells, unfurling plants, and swirling storm systems.

Borrowing the beauty of nature's forms can help you create beautiful artwork. Observing the structure of nature's forms can help you to be a better designer. The inspiration is limitless. Nature's design magic is a balancing act found in its perfect ratios. The sections of this sketchbook--Star, Branch, Spiral, and Fan--focus on four of those disceptively simple design principles and why they work. Author/artist Yellena James uses her own nature-based drawings to guide readers toward looking closely at each design form and the places where it occurs. Readers will discover ways to use each form in their own artwork, realistically, abstractly, or as motifs in repeat borders and patterns. In a non-academic fashion, the text explains nature's beautiful balances, and the art of using them when you draw and design.

Item No. 9781631591495
$22.99
Storybook Art
Potter, Jean
Children can enjoy their favorite storybook illustrators in a new way by imitating their art with the 100 engaging and simple art projects included in this celebration of children's book illustrators. Featured are famous and award-winning storybook illustrators from the 1930s to present--Good Night Moon's Clement Hurd, Corduroy's Don Freeman, Olivia's Ian Falconer, and more--along with biographical information, open-ended art projects, and portraits created by grade school children. Illustration techniques covered include painting, drawing, cutting and collage, and construction and crafts. Art projects include imitating Jackson Pollock in the "Jackson Piglet Wall Painting" from Olivia and creating a "Photo Story" from children's photos similar to Sugaring Time. An extensive resource guide of illustrator websites, art materials, and supplies listed by project is provided, as well as complete book information for the featured illustrators' works.
Item No. 9780935607031
$18.95
The Artful Parent
Van't Hul, Jean
Bring out your child's creativity and imagination with more than 60 artful activities in this completely revised and updated edition

Art making is a wonderful 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 creative activities for ages one to eight. From setting up a studio space in your home to finding the best art materials for children, this book gives you all the information you need to get started. You'll learn how to:
* Pick the best materials for your child's age and learn to make your very own
* Prepare art activities to ease children through transitions, engage the most energetic of kids, entertain small groups, and more
* Encourage artful living through everyday activities
* Foster a love of creativity in your family

Item No. 9781611807202
$24.95
The Organic Artist
Neddo, Nick

 Staff Pick

It's time to go back to basics! If you're interested in art, but find that it's becoming an increasingly expensive hobby, The Organic Artist is just the book for you!

The Organic Artist encourages you to return to those days when art was made with all-natural materials, like charcoal and birch bark. Immersing you in the natural world, The Organic Artist seeks to inspire creativity by connecting you to your organic roots.

In addition to offering a wide variety of suggestions for using nature as supplies for art, this book also introduces the concepts of awareness and perception that are foundational to the creative process. Readers will refine drawing skills, as well as increase their appreciation for the visual arts and the natural landscape.

Some of the projects and skills covered include the following: making paper and wild ink, working with soapstone, clay, wood, and rawhide, printmaking and stenciling, natural pigments and dyes, camouflage and body painting, and nature journaling.

Item No. 9781592539260
$26.99
Unplugged Family Activity Book
Wolf, Rachel Jepson

Staff Pick

Get ready for kid-approved ideas that celebrate the great outdoors year round! Whether you're building forts or making fresh cider, there's something for every kid and every season.

What might unfold if we put away our devices for an hour, a day, or even longer? What adventures await, when we press pause on technology? The Unplugged Family Activity Book invites you and your loved ones to connect, create, and celebrate all year long.

With more than 50 projects, crafts, and recipes, plus ideas for seasonal celebrations to share with family and friends, there's fun to be had, all through the year.

Host a springtime tea party, where you'll nibble shortbread cookies and make a mossy teacup fairy garden. Or gather with friends for a summer potluck party. Blow giant bubbles, race leaf-and-bark boats, or camp out in your own backyard. In the fall, enjoy a harvest party with your friends! Create a fall leaf rainbow, sip mulled cider, and bake bread over a campfire. When winter comes, celebrate the longest night of the year with twinkling ice lanterns. Try your hand at candle dipping and pen your wishes for the coming year.

You'll find instruction and recipes for:

  • Candied violets
  • Herbal first aid balm
  • Rose petal tea
  • Infused honey
  • Homemade ice cream
  • Summer flower bunting
  • Homemade dragonfly wings
  • Felted acorn necklaces
  • Autumn gratitude tree
  • Decorative lanterns
  • Baked apples
  • Winter stargazing
  • Maple lollipops
  • Dried citrus garland
  • Plus dozens more crafts, projects, and recipes!
  • In The Unplugged Family Activity Book, you'll fall in love with every season-wherever you call home. So grab your family and friends, and get ready for an adventure that will last all through the year!

    Item No. 9781592339433
    $22.99
    Water Paper Paint
    Jones, Heather

    This book is not only for "painters" but for all types of creative individuals who want to experience and play with watercolor, whether their background is mixed-media, textile art, journaling, or paper craft. Unlike the typical watercolor text books, this unique, beautiful volume is a field book of inspiration, creative ideas, how to's, and projects, all from an artist's perspective. Each creative exercise features a technique, shows step-by-step photographs, and includes a clever idea for a gift or project that can be made from the painted samples.

    Item No. 9781592536559
    $22.99
    Watercolor Workshop
    Prood, Sasha

    Often referred to as the "gateway art," watercolor is one of the most accessible and popular art mediums to explore. With Watercolor Workshop, author and artist Sasha Prood brings a sense of freedom and fun to watercolor instruction, while still covering all the skills you need to get started. Through 100 different experiments, Sasha teaches you traditional techniques like wet-on-dry, wet-on-wet, and flat washes, and also encourages you to play with the paint through colorful ombres, unique bloom textures, and added elements like salt and sponging. The goal of the sketchbook is to explore all of the fantastic ways you can use watercolors while gradually building confidence in the medium. Each experiment is accompanied by beautifully painted examples and space to practice your skills directly in the sketchbook. Printed on thick, uncoated paper, with a lie-flat binding, Watercolor Workshop is the ultimate guide to contemporary watercolor techniques.

    Learn to paint gorgeous contemporary art by practicing watercolor technique directly in this instructional sketchbook. Through 100 different experiments, artist Sasha Prood teaches you traditional techniques like wet-on-dry, wet-on-wet, and flat washes, and also encourages you to play with the paint through colorful ombrés, unique bloom textures, and added elements like salt and sponging. Each experiment is accompanied by Sasha's beautifully painted examples and space to practice your skills on the thick pages of the sketchbook. Sasha makes watercolors accessible by setting you up to paint a series of practice swatches before attempting to make final art and she emphasizes experimentation with color and technique so that you can learn to enjoy and embrace all the unique qualities of watercolor.
    Item No. 9781419729249
    $24.99
    Young at Art
    Striker, Susan

    From the creator of the bestselling Anti-Coloring Book series with more than 600,000 copies sold, a new parenting guide to encouraging creativity in preschool-age children

    Young at Art is the first and only comprehensive book for the general audience about the nature, value and impact of art on very young children. Directed towards parents and educators of one to five year olds, Susan Striker explains why children's art is not a frill, but the very foundation upon which all later fundamental skills are built. She drives home the idea that encouraging children's artistic growth will have beneficial effects on all other aspects of their emotional and intellectual development.

    At the core of this practical guide is the understanding that art is an important tool in teaching young children crucial concepts related to self-expression, reading and writing. As opposed to more structured exercises, such as coloring on dittos and underlining pictures in workbooks, Striker stresses that scribbling and free drawing experiments are the most important art activities a child can engage in; they better prepare children to read independently as they grow.

    Young at Art provides descriptions for age-appropriate art activities, tips for carrying them out safely, and helps parents recognize what a child's art work should look like at each stage of development. With Young at Art, parents will develop realistic expectations of their children's work, learn how to speak to their children about their art, and facilitate skills well beyond their creativity that will benefit children.

    Item No. 9780805066975
    $21.99