Sunday, August 25, 2019

"Great American Artists for Kids" Teaches Children Art Skills While Learning About Famous Artists - A Great Resource for Homeschool Families! (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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If you follow my blog then the above hands-on learning book may look familiar, as I have shared over a dozen different versions of these types of books from Chicago Review press.  Back in July I shared one about Apollo, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission.  Not only are these books great teaching tools for homeschool families like mine, but parents love them for all their fun hands-on learning and activities, to help keep their kids busy and engaged during school breaks.  

This new release (released back in July) centers around Great American Artists --75 to be exact.  Kid will be introduced to famous artists like Jackson Pollock, Walt Disney, Norman Rockwell and even Agnes Martin. Some of the artists kids may recognize the names, but by the time they are done reading through and doing the fun and engaging hands on learning activities and art projects, they will have a better understanding and appreciation for each and every Great American Artist featured in this second edition book.

What I love most about this book, next to all the fun hands-on art experiences is how this book is broken up into different time periods.  This allows you to break down your art appreciation studies based on time period, and take your name covering each and every artist.

These are the time/art periods:

  • Early American Art
  • New American Ideas
  • American Art Explodes
  • American Art Onward
Kids will have fun exploring art from colonial times right through the present day.  Each art style focuses on one style and one artist at time, as not to confuse your children. Kids are first introduced to an artist by reading a comprehensive and engaging biography about them, and shown famous pieces of art from each.  Then, kids will create their own artwork following techniques and materials that that particular artist would have used to make their famous works of art.

Through hands on art exploration, kids will not only learn art styles and processes of great artists, but find themselves developing an appreciation for the arts, and maybe even find artists that resonate with them, and that they want to explore further. After working our way through this book, my girls found themselves with new artists they loved and wanted to visit nearby art museums to see if some of these artists' works were on display for them to see up close and personal.  My girls want to explore art further in homeschool this year, and we will be using similar releases from Chicago Review Press to do just that.  You can learn more about this and other great hands on learning books for kids by visiting  These books fall under their "Bright Ideas for Learning" books.

More About This Book:

"An exciting second edition, Great American Artists for Kids allows young readers to explore the American art scene while learning how to create their own masterpieces. From the award-winning author of Discovering Great Artists, MaryAnn F. Kohl pairs with Kim Solga to introduce children to 75 influential artists ranging from the 18th century to modern times. Each profile is accompanied by activities with step-by-step instructions teaching young readers how to incorporate artists’ techniques into art projects. Color-coded icons facilitate the learning experience by indicating the skill level, adult involvement and materials necessary for activities.  

For Georgia O'Keeffe, children will explore the concept of distance and foreground in a desert painting. To understand Frederic Remington's sculptures, they will create a face cast. Leroy Nieman will inspire a sketch of athletes. And for James Whistler, children will explore portraiture. Projects stress the creative process and encourage kids to try unusual techniques such as block printing, soak-stain, and stone carving as they learn about architecture, drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. Great American Artists for Kids includes easy-to-follow icons to indicate the experience, preparation, and materials necessary for each project, as well as guides to the style, movement, or era of each artist. Resources include websites for further research or artworks, a glossary, and a list of artists by style. 

With additional resources for art viewing, children will be inspired to pursue their art interests as they learn what made artists like Harriet Powers, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein so memorable.

A comprehensive educational tool, Great American Artists for Kids teaches children history and art appreciation through fun activities that enhance their creativity."

144 PAGES, 11 X 8.5
TRADE PAPER, $19.99 (US $19.99) (CA $26.99)
ISBN 9781641601702

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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