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Art Idea Samples for You

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MaryAnn Kohl (maryann)
Wed, 31 Mar 99 11:13:20 -0700

Here are some art ideas from my books I would like to share. If you would like the
*second list*, email me and I wil send it with more ideas for you. (Don't want to unneccessarily clog your mailboxes!)

I have also included a web site where you can get about *100 more free activities* from many other books, including three of the ones I have written.

MaryAnn Kohl
author of art books for kids

P.S. There's a lot of information here! Hope it's not too long. :o)

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€First book, Mudworks!
€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€ MUDWORKS €€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€

Here is my personal favorite playdough that I used all through the years I was teaching elementary and preschool, teaching at the tech school, and teaching at the community college. And, I used it with my own kids.
This excerpt is from the book: Mudworks: Creative Clay, Dough, and Modeling Experiences ©1989, Mary Ann Kohl. Published by Bright Ring Publishing, Inc., Box 31338, Bellingham, WA 98228.

MaryAnn's Favorite Playdough
Materials and Process:
1. Mix on low heat in a pan until a ball forms:
1 cup flour, 1 cup water, 1 cup salt, and 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
2. Leave natural or color with food coloring, tempera paint, kool-aid, or Jello,
or watercolor paint.
3. Knead and then use warm or cool.
4. Store in an airtight container.

New Recipe to Replace Nutty Putty in Mudworks book:
from MaryAnn Kohl

I couldn't figure out why so many people were saying the Nutty Putty recipe in Mudworks didn't work anymore. I have used it for over 20 years! So I called the Proctor and Gamble company who makes the liquid starch, and they informed me that they have ***changed the formula of liquid starch***, and it is a secret !!! (oh my, oh my - it's much too exciting, Proctor and Gamble!!! Please tell!!!) Anyway, the Nutty Putty doesn't really work that well anymore. Here is a new recipe that is similar and works fine - better, even. Some people call it Gak:

Nutty Putty, New Recipe
2 t. Borax and 1/3 C. water
2 C. white glue (not school glue) - Elmer's Glue brand is fine and 1 3/4 C. water

1. Mix the Borax and 1/3 cup water in one container. Dissolve well.
2. In another container, mix the glue and 1-3/4 cup water. Add a a few drops of food coloring at this time if desired. The mixture will begin to hold together. Knead it. If excess water is in the bowl, just leave it. Use like Silly Putty from the store.

This is a crazy non-cooked playdough that's quite different from my favorite one. I like this one really well, but it's just for play, not for objects that you want to save. If anyone ever needs help with playdoughs, email me directly, because I have about 50 recipes!

Shampoo Dough
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup white glue
1/4 cup thick shampoo
paint, optional
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Then knead. Add more flour if needed. Model, or roll out and cut. Dry. Paint if desired. Good use for old shampoo. Smells nice too.
This excerpt is from the book: Mudworks: Creative Clay, Dough, and Modeling Experiences ©1989, Mary Ann Kohl. Published by Bright Ring Publishing, Inc., Box 31338, Bellingham, WA 98228.

€Second book:
€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€Preschool Art€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€
These are from Preschool Art. If you like them, you might want to visit
for about 20 MORE free art ideas from the book, PRESCHOOL ART.

They have free activities from many many more books than just mine.

Here are two art ideas from Preschool Art:
***Preschool Art's Glue Over

€ Styrofoam grocery tray
€ scissors
€ felt pens (permanent or regular - each give different results)
€ paintbrush
€ white glue in a cap

Art Process
1. Adult cuts a shape or piece from a Styrofoam meat tray.
2. Draw on the Styrofoam piece with felt pens using a wide variety of
colors, completely covering the surface.
3. Dry the artwork.
4. Paint white glue over the entire surface of the colored piece.
5. Dry the glue completely to produce a slick sealed surface that
brightens and enhances the colors underneath.

€ Use the glue over as an ornament, to hang from a mobile or as a piece
of artwork to hang on a wall.
€ If hanging the glue over on a wall, use a pencil to poke a small hole
in the Styrofoam and insert a bit of yarn. You may also tape a paper
clip to the back of the design for use as a hanger.
Hint: Glue Overs can be made very small or very large depending on the
artist's choice, plan or desire.
This excerpt is from the book: Preschool Art: It's the Process, Not the
Product ©1994, Mary Ann Kohl. Published by Gryphon House, Inc., Box 207, Beltsville MD 20704.

***Preschool Art's Sponge Chalk

€ large, flat wet sponge
€ colored chalk
€ paper

Art Process
1. Draw freely on the wet sponge with the chalk.
2. Press the sponge onto paper to transfer a print of the sponge design
to the paper.

€ Grind, crush or grate chalk into a dish. Dip pieces of wet sponge into
the chalk and dab them on the paper.

Hint: Chalk breaks often which is perfectly chalk-like. Just use small
pieces until they are too small to hold. Save the tiny pieces to grind
or crush into powder for other art projects.
This excerpt is from the book: Preschool Art: It's the Process, Not the
Product ©1994, Mary Ann Kohl. Published by Gryphon House, Inc., Box 207, Beltsville MD 20704.

€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€ Discovering Great Artists €€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€
Here are two Picasso activities from my newest book, Discovering Great Artists!

The activities start with a little history, which you can take or leave when using them with the kids. Next the materials are listed, and then the basic "how to" steps, which are very easy. Many kids enjoy the history part, but the art projects stand alone with or without the history. Good luck! I know you will enjoy them.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso, 1881-1973
*** One Color Painting
Pablo Picasso was the most famous painter of the 1900's, working with sculpture, graphics, ceramics, drawing, and painting. He is most remembered as a Cubist. Before Picasso became a famous Cubist, he had a personal style of painting and expression called his Blue Period (1901-1904) focusing on paintings with themes of loneliness and despair, using primarily blue paint to communicate these themes. He later moved to a style stressing warmer colors and moods called the Rose Period (1904-1906).
Young artists can experiment with using only one color of paint mixed in different shades just like Picasso did in his Blue Period, perhaps painting with blue like Picasso, or possibly choosing shades of red, yellow or other shades instead.

€ tempera paint, one main color
€ tempera paint, small amounts of other colors to mix into the main color
Note: "Let the kids do the mixing!"
€ several jars for mixing paints
€ paintbrushes
€ large jar of clear water for rinsing
€ large white paper

1. Select a color as the main color and theme of the painting. For this project, blue will be used as the example but any color can be chosen instead of blue.
2. Pour a little blue paint in several jars. Add just a touch of a different color to each jar to slightly change the blue paint to a new shade. For example, add a little white to the first jar of blue and it becomes powder blue. Add a tiny bit of green to the next jar and it becomes aqua. Add just a smidge of black to the third jar of blue and it becomes a gray-blue. The main idea is to keep the color blue, but in new shades.
3. When a nice selection of blues has been mixed (remember to keep one jar pure blue), it is time to paint. Paint a picture using shades of blue as the only color.
4. Dry the painting.

€ Think of a theme, an emotion, or a feeling. Think of what colors would express that theme or feeling. Paint in tones and shades of one color that are most expressive for that feeling. For example, a sad painting might be in blue. A happy painting might be in shades of yellow. A painting of anger might be in shades of red. Green might express peace and tranquility.
This excerpt is from the book: Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters ©1997, Mary Ann Kohl. Published by Bright Ring Publishing, Inc., Box 31338, Bellingham, WA 98228.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso, 1881-1973
*** Fractured Friend
Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous artists of all time. He was an artistic genius and is particularly remembered for his style of art called Cubism. Picasso grew up in Spain and later studied and lived in Paris. As a child, Picasso showed incredible artistic talent and was considered a child prodigy. In fact, Picasso's father, who was also an artist, gave all of his own art supplies to 13 year old Picasso because he showed such amazing talent. By the time he was nineteen, Picasso was a fully trained, professional painter. He moved to Paris and lived a very poor, simple life while painting over 200 works. These paintings showed his sadness over what he saw and felt about the poor lives of those around him. This was called his Blue Period. But then, Picasso began to paint a happier type of painting showing clowns and performers at the circus. This was called his Rose Period. Then he began to paint pictures that looked more like puzzles with the pieces all out of order. Sometimes Picasso would stick things to his paintings like newspaper clippings, a label of a bottle, buttons, cloth, or string. This technique called collage was invented by Picasso. Picasso painted until the very day he died at the age of 92 years.
Picasso and the other Cubists tried to create a new way of seeing things in art. They would look at something and try to break it apart in the way they painted it. For instance, Picasso tried to show the models he painted from all sides at once, not just from one normal view. He might show a woman with her eyes facing the right but her nose turned to the left. Her basic body shapes would be changed into cubed or square shapes, facing various directions at once. She might be put together somewhat like a jigsaw puzzle or a broken mirror.
Many other artists learned from what Picasso painted and incorporated this into their sculptures and paintings. Cubism changed the concept of art and led the way to Surrealism and Modern Art. Young artists can explore Picasso's Cubist technique of painting a picture that looks like jumbled puzzle pieces by cutting apart a painting of a friend and then putting it back together Cubist style.

€ white drawing paper (9X12)
€ dark crayon (optional)
€ white glue
€ paints and brushes
€ scissors
€ drawing paper, 9X12, any color
€ some collage items, such as -
newspaper clippings bottle labels string
buttons cloth paper bits

1. Ask a friend to act as a model for this painting. The friend should sit or stand in an open area near the artist. The artist looks at the model and paints a painting on the white paper. It doesn't have to look exactly like the friend. Paint the way it feels best. Then allow the painting to dry overnight.
Note: If the painting has curled while drying, it can be ironed by an adult with an iron on a medium setting. First cover the board with clean newsprint. Place the painting on the newsprint. Next place another sheet of paper over the painting. Iron slowing until the curls come out.
2. The painting can be cut apart free-hand with scissors, or lines can first be draw with a dark crayon and then cut. If drawing lines, mark out some large shapes like puzzle pieces on the painting. Squares, triangles, and other Cubist shapes work well. Cut the painting apart on or near these lines.
Note: The line can be sketchy instead of solid. The pieces should be bold and not small.
3. Next, glue the pieces of the painting onto the remaining sheet of paper. They can be glued in order out of order. Upside down pieces work well too. When all the pieces are glued on the paper, glue a few more collage items into the Cubist design to experience Picasso's idea of collage.
4. When satisfied with the art work, it is complete. The friend will be fractured in Cubist shapes with collage items mixed in, just like Picasso would appreciate.

* Look in a mirror and draw a self-portrait. Then make a Fractured Self!
This excerpt is from the book: Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters ©1997, Mary Ann Kohl. Published by Bright Ring Publishing, Inc., Box 31338, Bellingham, WA 98228.

€ Fourth Book
€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€ MATHARTS €€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€
Here are two of the activities from my MathArts book. This book integrates math and art for young children; the art ideas are very unusual and interesting. Most you will not have seen anywhere before.
Give a child artist a hammer and nails and creating, exploring can last for a week! Add the snap, color, and easy versatility of rubber bands, and creating patterns becomes inspired and simple to do. Have lots of rubber bands on hand because they often break.

- square of flat wood, about 12²x12² and about 1² thick
- large head nails, at least 16 (or more)
- rubber bands in a variety of colors (sturdy variety work best)

1. Nail four nails down each side of the wood square, evenly spaced, and sticking out from the wood about 1/2²-1². (Be careful not to nail the board to the work surface.) More nails may be added on each of the four sides if desired, but each side should have an even number.
2. Sort rubber bands by color into piles on the table.
3. Think about a pattern of colors, such as -
Έ Red, blue. Red, blue.
Έ Red, blue, yellow yellow. Red, blue, yellow yellow.
Έ Red, blue for horizontal. Yellow, green for vertical.
(Any pattern is acceptable. Very simple ones are nice for beginning.
More colors can be added later, if desired.)
4. Select a color. Place the first color rubber band over one nail, and stretch it across the board to the opposite nail.
5. Select a second color. Place the second color rubber band over another nail, and stretch it across the board to the opposite nail.
6. Continue stretching rubber bands over nails until the pattern board is filled as desired.
7. Rubber bands may be removed for new creations, or added to for extended creations.

- Other materials may be woven into the rubber bands, or may be used instead, such as -
Έ strips of fabric Έ feathers Έ strips of paper
Έ yarn Έ collage items Έ grasses, weeds
- The board itself can also be changed or designed, such as -
Έ paint the board before nailing
Έ cover the board with wrapping paper, foil, or other paper
Έ paint the sections between rubber bands after nailing
Έ dye the board with food coloring
Έ stain the board with wet art tissue paper or commercial stain
- Experiment with different ways to position the nails to produce different design patterns.
This excerpt is from the book: MathArts: Discovering Math Through Art for Young Children ©1997, Mary Ann Kohl. Published by Gryphon House, Inc., Box 207, Beltsville MD 20704.

Making a crayon rubbing of paper shapes is a tactile experience that reinforces and strengthens the child's learnings so that the brain can understand, retain, and remember shapes through the sense of touch.

- paper shapes, pre-cut from heavy paper, by an adult
- masking tape
- peeled crayons
- flat cookie sheet or tray, no sides
- wide soft brush
- paint wash in a jar
Έ (Note: A paint wash is tempera paint thinned with water. Watercolor paint, vegetable dye, or food coloring can also be used.)
- paper
- newspaper for drying area

1. Place a paper shape on the tray or cookie sheet.
2. Place a piece of paper over the shape. Tape the corners to the tray to prevent wiggly paper, if needed.
3. With a peeled crayon, rub over the shape until the design appears.
4. Lift one corner of the paper, and move the shape slightly.
5. With a different color of crayon (or same color is fine too), rub over the shape again.
6. Lift the corner of the paper and move the shape again. Make another rubbing.
7. Continue making rubbings of the moved shape until satisfied with the design.
8. Brush a paint wash over the crayon rubbing for added artistic effect.
9. Remove from the tray and dry on newspaper.

- Trace a shape with crayon. Brush over the tracings with a paint wash.
- Combine tracings and rubbings in one design.
- Add some shapes pasted on the completed Shape Rub.
- Create a shape rub with more than one shape, grouping and overlapping matching shapes.
This excerpt is from the book: MathArts: Discovering Math Through Art for Young Children ©1997, Mary Ann Kohl. Published by Gryphon House, Inc., Box 207, Beltsville MD 20704.

€ Fifth Book
€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€ ScienceArts €€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€
Here are two science experiments that are art projects, featuring the science concept of ""Crystals"":
***Crystal Sparkle Dough
concept words: crystals, dissolve, evaporate

3 squeeze bottles
3 cups
3 tempera paint colors
equal parts of flour, salt, water (about 1 cup each for a standard art experience)

Art Experiment:
1. Use a spoon to mix equal parts of flour, salt, and water in a bowl.
2. Divide this mixture into 3 cups and color with tempera paint to whatever shade is desired.
3. Fill each squeeze bottle with one of the colors of the mixture.
4. Squeeze the paint mixture onto paper in any design.
5. Let the paint dry thoroughly to see the crystals and sparkles.

Works on wood, shells, cardboard.
Can be spread with a spatula instead of squeezed.
Varying the sizes of the holes in the squeeze bottles gives different effects.
This excerpt is from the book: ScienceArts: Discovering Science Through Art Experiences ©1991, Mary Ann Kohl. Published by Bright Ring Publishing, Inc., Box 31338, Bellingham, WA 98228.

***Crystal Paint
concept words: evaporate, crystals

3 teaspoons salt (15 ml)
1/4 cup water (60 ml)
warm oven 150Ί F
1 sheet black construction paper
* adult help with oven

Art Experiment:
1. Add 3 t. salt to the 1/4 cup water.
2. Paint a design or message on the black paper with the salt solution. Stir the salt with the brush each time the brush is used.
3. Turn off the oven and placed the paper in the oven on top of the wire racks. Heat for 5 minutes.
4. Remove the dry design from the oven. The design will appear as white shiny crystals.
This excerpt is from the book: ScienceArts: Discovering Science Through Art Experiences ©1991, Mary Ann Kohl. Published by Bright Ring Publishing, Inc., Box 31338, Bellingham, WA 98228.

€ Sixth Book
€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€ Global Art €€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€
Here are some from my book, Global Art: Multicultural Arts, Crafts, and Inventions from Around the World
***Karensansui Mini-Garden
In 1185-1333 during the Kamakura periods, Zen Buddhism arrived from China,
influencing Japanese spiritual life, and soon extending its influence to Japanese gardens. Zen gardens were designed for contemplation and meditation. The Karensansui (Dry Landscape) approach to gardens used stones and sands instead of water to suggest landscapes with mountains and flowing rivers. In the garden of a Zen temple, the rocks represents mountains, and the sand is raked into a pattern of flower water.
Young artists create a miniature Karensansui garden in a large, shallow pan with rocks for mountains and sand for water.

€ large, shallow baking pan or cookie sheet with edges
€ moist sand
€ rocks
€ cardboard rectangles about the size of combs
€ scissors
€ misting water bottle, optional

1. With clean sand, fill a large, shallow baking pan or cookie sheet that has edges. The sand should be lightly moist. (Water can be misted or sprinkled over the sand to moisten, if necessary.) Pat the sand into the pan.
2. Arrange several rocks in the sand to symbolize a few mountains surrounded by water.
3. Cut some spaces in the edge of the cardboard rectangle to look like a comb with widely spaced teeth.
4. Comb the sand to make designs that look like ripples of water. Experiment and explore
with the sand designs. Pat down designs and try new ones. The sand should look like
flowing, moving water when done.
5. Place the Zen Karensansui garden on a table or window ledge and contemplate its
landscape. (Contemplate means to look at, study, and to think deeply about what is seen
and what it might mean.) If you look at the Karensansui garden long enough, the rocks
really do begin to look like mountains surrounded by actual moving water.
6. The garden can be changed at any time to arrange new mountains and water, or to
simply tidy up the landscape with fresh raking of sand.
This excerpt is from the book: Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Discoveries from Around the World ©1998, Mary Ann Kohl. Published by Gryphon House, Inc., Box 207, Beltsville MD 20704.

***Sawdust Carpet
In some cities in Guatemala, there is a beautiful custom during Holy Week.
People spread carpets of sawdust along the route where there will be a procession
the following day. These carpets are made of colorful sawdust sprinkled through
stencil designs. They resemble richly woven woolen carpets and extend the length
of a city street - quite a sight to see! Young artists work with colored sawdust to
create a sawdust design on heavy paper.

€ sawdust (free from lumber yards or wood shop classes), 1/2 C. for each color
€ powdered tempera paints, several bright colors, 4 t. for each color
€ teaspoon
€ plastic bowls with lids, one for each color
€ white glue in squeeze bottle
€ matte board or heavy paper

1. Put 1/2 cup of sawdust in each plastic bowl.
2. Add 4 teaspoons of powdered tempera paint to the sawdust. Use a different
color in each container.
3. Put the lid on the container and shake the container to mix the paint into the
4. Draw a design by squeezing glue from a glue bottle onto the heavy paper.
5. Sprinkle the different colors of sawdust on the wet glue, similar to using
6. Let the glue dry.

€ Cut a stencil from an old file folder. Hold the stencil over heavy paper. Paint
some thin glue on the paper that shows. Without moving the stencil, sprinkle
sawdust on the glue. Then remove the stencil. Shake excess sawdust away.
€ Fill buckets with sawdust. Mix powdered tempera paint into the sawdust with a
stir stick until the sawdust takes on the paint color. Cut stencils from cardboard.
Choose a playground or large open area to create the sawdust carpets. Pour the
sawdust over the stencil. Then remove the stencil with the extra sawdust. A
design will be left.
This excerpt is from the book: Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Discoveries from Around the World ©1998, Mary Ann Kohl. Published by Gryphon House, Inc., Box 207, Beltsville MD 20704.

€ Seventh Book FUN AND FUNNY BOOK <<< YUMMY & EASY >>>
'€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€ Cooking Art €€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€

Here are a couple of sample activities from the book, and at the end of this much too long message, any contact info you might like to order the book. Or skip all that and call 800-480-4278, MaryAnn Kohl will help you.

The two cooking art ideas:
* Note: The @ sign means adult help is suggested for safety (hot or sharp).
***Cowpoke Cakes
€ frozen pancake mix (or favorite homemade recipe)
€ 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
€ butter
€ strawberry
€ parsley sprig
€ warm syrup or jam

€ refrigerator
€ clean squeeze bottle
€ large spoon
€ electric skillet
€ 1/4 cup measuring cup
€ spatula

1. Thaw the frozen pancake mix, or prepare a homemade recipe.
2. Pour the oil into the electric skillet. @ Turn the electric skillet on to a medium heat.
3. Spoon the pancake batter into the squeeze bottle. @ Squeeze the batter in the shape of a letter on the griddle.
4. @ When the design has lightly browned on the bottom side, pour about 1/4 cup of batter over the initial or brand. Cook the design cake until bubbles show and edges and dry. @ Turn the cowpoke cake over to cook the other side.
5. @ Remove the cowpoke cake from the skillet with the spatula.
6. Place the cowpoke cake on the serving plate. Decorate the top of the cake with a strawberry and parsley. Serve with butter, warm syrup or jam.

Note: Spell a word name, or message with pancakes. Create one letter for each pancake and then spread the cakes out on a plate or platter to be read and enjoyed.

Serves: 1 or more
This excerpt is from the book: Cooking Art: Easy Edible Art for Young Children ©1998, Mary Ann Kohl. Published by Gryphon House, Inc., Box 207, Beltsville MD 20704.

(This is so cute...and kids really enjoy how it looks just like a plant in a pot!)
***Potted Salad
€ favorite vegetable dip
€ any variety of raw, cut vegetables, such as -
-broccoli on stem
-green bell pepper slices
-carrot sticks
-jicama slices
-string beans
-cauliflower florets
-celery sticks
-zucchini sticks
-cucumber sticks
-summer squash
€ spinach leaves

€ coffee filter
€ small, clean terra cotta flower pot
€ spoons
€ bowl
€ natural dried weeds, grasses, or raffia for decoration

1. Place the coffee filter in the bottom of the pot to line the pot and cover the hole.
2. Spoon vegetable dip into the pot until about half full.
3. Arrange raw vegetables and vegetable sticks and slices in the pot to resemble a plant, bouquet, or flower arrangement.
4. Add spinach leaves to make the arrangement look like it has leaves.
5. Add a natural bow made from long dried grasses, weeds, or raffia and tie it around the pot to decorate.
6. Place the potted salad in the center of the table to serve as a healthy snack or an addition to a lunch to be shared by two to four people.

Suggestion for a dip:
Baba Ganouj Dip
€ 1 eggplant € parsley € 1/2 lemon
€ garlic powder € salt and pepper
Prepare Baba Ganouj Recipe ahead of time:
Preheat oven to 300Ί. Pierce 1 eggplant with a fork and bake until the eggplant collapses (about 30-45 minutes). Cook completely through. Scoop out the eggplant with a spoon into a bowl and mash. Mix in garlic powder, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 tablespoon chopped or dry parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a little pepper. Serve as a vegetable dip or spread for bread.

Serves: 2 to 4
This excerpt is from the book: Cooking Art: Easy Edible Art for Young Children ©1998, Mary Ann Kohl. Published by Gryphon House, Inc., Box 207, Beltsville MD 20704.

For free activites from MaryAnn's books, go to
or to

Descriptions of books:
Discovering Great Artists ($14.95) - MaryAnn's new absolute favorite, hands-on art in the styles of the great masters. Picasso, van Gogh, Monet, O'Keefe, Rockwell, Dali, Matisse, and 80 more.

Scribble Art ($14.95) - independent art for kids of all ages, crayon, chalk, paint, sculpture, paper cutting, and crafts

ScienceArts ($15.95) - discovering art through little science experiments, preschool through intermediate grades

Preschool Art ($19.95) - called a preschool book, but I use these projects with kids through middle school, very complete compilation of any art idea you could think of!
Nice, big volume, arranged by seasons and then by art mediums within the seasons.
FREE sample GENERAL ART ACTIVITIES at, not just for preschool, great for any age.

Good Earth Art ($16.95) - projects using materials collected outside or saved from the recycle bin, even how to make your own crayons and glue, very popular book. all ages

Cooking Art ($14.95)- easy edible art projects for younger kids, but works for older kids and adults too
FREE sample edible art ideas at, works best for younger children (ages 3-7 or so)

MathArts ($14.95) - discovering math through art projects for younger kids, about 3-7. As the author, I love the art ideas in this book....they are very unusual and work around a math concept, but the art stands alone without the math. No math teaching needed.
works best for younger children (ages 3-7 or so)

Global Art ($14.95) - art ideas for kids, based on inventions, discoveries, celebrations, or interesting facts about countries from all around the world. Easy ideas, of course.
FREE activities from

Ordering info for anyone interested:
€€ If you call MaryAnn directly at 800-480-4278, I can help you in person. Or e-mail or snail mail me an order and I will send it with a bill to pay after you receive the book.
* PS Direct requests of books from MaryAnn can be autographed!

A list of MaryAnn's books and their prices:
ScienceArts (4-10) $15.95
MathArts (ages 3-6) $19.95
Cooking Art (all) $14.95
Preschool Art (3 up) $19.95
Discovering Great Artists (all) $14.95
Good Earth Art (4 up) $16.95
Mudworks (all) $14.95
Scribble Art (all) $14.95
Global Art (all) $14.95
(coming April 99: Making Make Believe) $14.95

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Direct contact info:
MaryAnn Kohl
Bright Ring Publishing, Inc.
PO Box 31338
Bellingham, WA 98228-3338
€€€€€€€€€€€€ That's all folks ! And Thanks !!! €€€€€€€€€€€€

MaryAnn F. Kohl