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Bright Ideas for Learning

Great American Artists for Kids

by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Kim Solga

art activities from Great American Artists for Kids

Great American Artists for Kids

Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters
by MaryAnn F. Kohl
& Kim Solga

Art Activity Downloads for Grant Wood & Robert Indiana

american gothicCLICK HERE to download the Grant Wood Art Activity photo from page 52 in the book.

CLICK HERE to download the Robert Indiana Stamp Template from page 84 in the book.

New! Great American Artists for Kids
Wins 2009 Moonbeam Children's Book Award (Bronze) for Art Activity Books

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Great American Artists for Kids
Wins 2009 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award!

Benjamin Franklin Awards

Bright Ring Publishing is very proud to introduce its first "full-color throughout" publication, just packed with original children's art and fabulous art images of the work of great American masters.

This creative collection of over 75 easy art appreciation activities celebrates the greatest American artists of all time, including Grandma Moses, Dale Chihuly, Ansel Adams, Maya Lin, Wolf Kahn, Georgia O'Keeffe, Currier & Ives and many more. Special bonus art options for the very young artist are included. Each child-tested activity presents a biography with full color artwork and techniques covering painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, architecture, and more! 

Great American Artists Kids' Connection

A sampling of kids' artwork featured in Great American Artists - click for enlarged views

Sample Art Activities from Great American Artists for Kids

Painted Crackle Crayon - based on the art of Gilbert Stuart

Sanded Wood Spirits - based on the art of Jewell Praying Wolf James

Memorial Plaque - based on the art of Maya Lin

Energetic Color Blocks - based on the art of Hans Hofmann

Free BONUS Art Activities not included in Great American Artists for Kids

Serigraph Stencil - based on the art of Mary Corita Kent

Grow a Silly Self - based on the art of Robert Arneson

Photorealist Hand Sculpture - based on the art of Duane Hanson

1,2,3, Gesture Drawing - based on the art of Thomas Eakins

Meaningful Collage - based on the art of Robert Rauschenberg

Online Art Supplement for Great American Artists for Kids

Bright Ring Publishing has carefully compiled a thorough selection of beautiful online images for each and every artist featured in Great American Artists. The images are provided in page order to correspond to the book. Click any Chapter title below to get started:

Early American Art

New American Ideas

American Art Explodes

American Art Onward

"Congratulations on your Benjamin Franklin Award for Great American Artists for Kids. I am looking forward to introducing new artists to our young artists! I love the book - the content, layout - all Great! The award is well-deserved.
~ Cathie McCullough, Director
Garden City Community Church Nursery School
Garden City, NY

"I have taught for over 23 years and have never seen such a comprehensive, all encompassing, fun resource for and parents like Great American Artists for Kids-a masterpiece! A "must-have" - should be required for aspiring art teachers and history majors in every college around the world."

~ Faye Barber-Floyd
Art Teacher, Wisconsin

"This book is an inspiration to those who have no experience with art history as well as seasoned educators looking for a new twist on art lessons for kids of all abilities. Every library, home and school will find it a valuable resource. Follow history while exploring hands-on art. The value of owning this book? Priceless!"

~ Diane Keen
K-12 Art Educator

"Just seeing this book is a thrill. It shows art at its fullest and liveliest and brings out and inspires the would-be artist in all of us! The spirit of creativity streams off its pages. What a gift the authors have given student and teacher, child and adult alike, and indeed art itself. Looking at the book makes me want to rush into the studio and paint!"

~ Joseph Raffael
American artist

"Among many other emphases, Great American Artists for Kids focuses children on the delight of putting one color directly next to or on top of another color, as opposed to filling in black outlines which normally occur in conventional coloring books."

~ Wolf Kahn
New York, NY
American artist

 "Great American Artists arrived today and it is wonderful. Such imagination. Such wonderful information and direction. It will be a fabulous addition to any teacher or anyone interested in working with children. SUPERB!!"

~ Lee Stone
M. Lee Stone Fine Prints, representing Elizabeth Catlett 
San Jose, California

"Great American Artists for Kids is a wonderful resource for teachers and parents who want to introduce their children to great art. This book will keep kids of all ages interested in creative art as they explore the art techniques of great American masters. What a find!"

~ Kay M. Albrecht, Ph.D.
Author and Early Childhood Specialist
Innovations in Early Childhood Education

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