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January 2013 ArtsyKidsNEWS
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MaryAnn Faubion Kohl has a passion for children and for their natural creativity through art that first permeated her teaching years, then her parenting years, and now her current daily life. That passion became a publishing company in 1985, Bright Ring Publishing, Inc., with her first book, Scribble Cookies: Creative Independent Art Experiences for Children (now titled Scribble Art). There was nothing on the market like it and it has become a cherished classic for parents, teachers, childcares, homeschools, and libraries around the world.
Bright Ring has progressed from that simple classic to a full color glossy art book for kids, Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters (2009).
When asked about independent publishing, Kohl says, “Independent publishing has given me a voice and a crayon-bright-pipeline directly to kids that has changed the face of art for children in this country. What used to be cute kid crafts directed by adults is now true art inspired by children’s own creativity. My mission has been a joy and continues to grow as I bring my passion to the lives and art tables of kids everywhere.
One of the side benefits of my independent press is traveling and speaking to large groups of educators and librarians around the country, sharing my passion for creativity and art for children, and best of all, sharing hands-on art experiences with them. After they have been through ten or fifteen art experiences, and they feel the hands-on joy of pure creativity, they are hooked! If I sell a few books in the process, well then, I know I’ve succeeded.”
Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. recently completed a wide count of all the books in print that Bright Ring has published, those Kohl has written for Gryphon House, Inc. (another independent press), and those translated in numerous foreign countries (harder to count). The total it is closing in on 2 million copies. Kohl was asked, “How many children has each copy reached?” She replied, “The sheer thought of that number is gloriously staggering and impossible to know. It could be over sixty million, if I do a quick estimate, thinking of one book reaching a classroom of 30 kids per year, and then a new classroom the next year, and.... Forgive me if I take a moment and stare at the clouds imagining each of those children finding art within themselves.
Inspiring doesn’t quite cover it!
MaryAnn Kohl loves art for kids, and has enjoyed the publishing experince since 1985, bringing her books to children everywhere.
Does hearing the names of famous picture book illustrators make you hop up and run to the bookshelf to find a treasured storybook to read? People like Leo Lionni (Swimmy), Eric Carle (Very Hungry Caterpillar), Ian Falconer (Olivia), Lois Ehlert (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom), Clement Hurd (Goodnight Moon), Ezra Jack Keats (The Snowy Day), Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), to name just a few. What these creative people have given to children through their classic storybooks is more than stories to love — it's an everlasting open door to creativity and imagination. What a gift!
Art for Small Hands
Julie Voigt provides a blog with art lessons and projects.
Art Projects for Kids
Kathy Barbro’s blog has lots of ideas for working with the styles of the great masters, and sells products to help too.
Artful Parent, The
My all time favorite blog! Jean is mama of two daughters. She strives to parent in a way that encourages creative expression, imagination, joyfulness, and a love of learning. She has super photos of the art projects she and her daughters explore. Projects for children age 2-12.
Big & Little Art
Hollie Conger shares art and craft ideas with photos and recipes.
Ariella is the soulful mama of two where she shares her parenting inspiration, favorite projects, and a photography.
Color Color Color
Gail’s blog offers a wide variety of art ideas that always involve color.
Crafty Crow, The
This popular blog is a children’s “craft collective.” Everything from inspiring art lessons to book recommendations.
Deep Space Sparkle
Art lessons that are out of this world!
Don’t let the name scare you! Here messy art and craft fun for preschools is given with help from the little filth wizards.
Laugh, Paint, Create
Erin fills her blog with colorful art and crafts with photos that clearly show the how-to’s. http://laughpaintcreate.blogspot.com/
Let the Children Play
Jenny’s a preschool teacher at a progressive school nestled in the Australian bush. enjoy all kinds of playful ideas including art you’ve never seen before! http://progressiveearlychildhoodeducation.blogspot.com/
Make and Takes: Craft, Food, Fun
Lots of ideas from crafts to cupcakes to sewing cards and more. More craft than art. http://www.makeandtakes.com/
MaryAnn F. Kohl, process art and treasures of childhood
MaryAnn Kohl’s own blog! Art, Interviews, Issues, and Lots of Fun Surprises! http://maryannfkohl.typepad.com/blog/
Mary shares highlights from her after school art lesson program. You’ll see lots of actual artworks by kids.
Paint Cut Paste
A nice friendly blog to inspire young artists.
Pink and Green Mama
Marylea keeps us on our toes with simple craftivities to encourage us all to create, play, and explore with our family.
Jessica Wilson keeps her blog active with laughter, love, and great art and craft ideas. http://scrumdillydo.blogspot.com
Two Straight Lines
Courtney keeps her blog active sharing things she makes for creative children’s lives. http://www.twostraightlines.typepad.com/
My friend and often collaborating author, Kim Solga, has launched a blog you might enjoy called "KidsArt Lessons": an ongoing collection of art projects, presented by KidsArt.com (on-line catalog of art teaching materials). You can subscribe to have these art lessons appear in your email. Here is an example of an art lesson from Kim's blog:
Paint a Rainbow
Take the kids outside on a misty morning, when the grass is wet and the sun is just peeking through the clouds. You might be lucky enough to see a rainbow arching high through the sky. They say there’s a pot of gold where the rainbow touches the ground, but no one has ever found this treasure.
Kim Solga and MaryAnn Kohl have written two books together:
"Discovering Great Artists" and "Great American Artists for Kids".