25 art projects for kids
For Immediate Release
American Library Association
CHICAGO — With schools emphasizing STEM activities for children to meet curriculum goals for standardized testing, nurturing children’s artistic creativity is often given short shrift. Christine Kirker’s “25 Projects for Art Explorers,” published by ALA Editions, aims to restore the balance. This fun resource offers more than two dozen projects that will spark children’s interest in art and encourage creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Designed for kids aged 5-10, and flexible enough to use in either storytimes or classroom settings, the projects here:
- introduce children to a variety of art techniques, from gouache and watercolor to collage and papermaking, using a curated selection of quality picture books;
- provide detailed directions for guiding children to experiment with these techniques to create their own projects; and
- include materials lists adaptable for any budget, capsule biographies of the picture books’ illustrators, programming tips, and links to additional resources.
Kirker is a library associate with the Carroll County (Maryland) Public Library. Since joining the library staff in 2005, she has developed and presented many programs for children of all ages, including monthly preschool science programs. As coauthor, her books include “Storytime Magic,” “Kindergarten Magic,” and “Multicultural Storytime Magic.” Previously, she spent ten years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as a research analyst for the Office of Institutional Research. She presents trainings and programs introducing ways to enhance storytimes through her website Storytime Stuff.
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