…have you heard of this book? It’s pretty cool, and so far, it is getting the thumbs up from Nathan. I bought this book for a whopping $2.48, used online, with the sole purpose of integrating it into our homeschooling routine. In the last two schools Nathan attended, neither of them offered Art class anymore, which I find a bit sad.
Back to the book. If you haven’t guessed by now, the book is called, Let’s Make Some Great Art. It’s geared towards younger kids, although my husband and I have found ourselves wanting to do some of the projects, too. My philosophy: there is still a child left in all of us; they just tend to come out more when you’re around children all the time. ;)
Any way, I had Nate create his own art journal by using one of my old hardback books. (I’m sure Charlene Harris won’t mind.) He ripped out quite a few pages, and then he glued every two pages together. Once he is ready to paint, all he has to do is spread a little bit of gesso medium onto the page, and it will act as a blank canvas.
To ease him back into the rhythm of art, I had him do a straight forward lesson over optical art, which is about creating work that has a sense of movement. He really enjoyed it! So much so, that he did both front and back of his paper.
(Let your eyes become unfocused while staring at the paper! It will begin to have a little movement!)
Like I said before, so far we really like this book. It’s not intimidating, and it gives you plenty of prompts to follow, in case your the type of person whose brain completely shuts down when faced with a blank piece of paper! Ha! (That’s totally me, btw) So if you are a homeschooler, and in need of a book to incorporate art into your lessons, then I highly suggest buying this book. I can pretty much guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.