An Interview Revisited, from the blog,
Having Fun At Home
http://www.havingfunathome.com/2012/09/maryann-f-kohl-art-with-young-children.html"MaryAnn F. Kohl: Art with Young Children
MaryAnn recently sent me a copy of Scribble Art to review, and the girls and I have been having a ball trying out the activities there. So far, we've done salt painting, made an easy piñata, and tried tissue paper collages (my favorite so far!)
The thing I love about MaryAnn's books is her obvious and genuine care for children. It is tempting as a parent or a teacher to gravitate toward art projects that "turn out well," with end-products that make adults feel that the time has been worthwhile. MaryAnn, on the other hand, sees art from the perspective of a child and knows that it is the creative exploration that is often very special to children. That's why in Scribble Art, you'll find oodles of ideas for open-ended art experiences.
Who knew that there were so many possibilities for art mediums and canvases around the house? Liquid starch, flour, sawdust- even insulated telephone cable find their way into over 100 activities that children can do independently for the sake of fun and beauty.
I'm finding it can be a great boon to have this arsenal of fun lying about the house, by the way. The other day, as I was making dinner and needed to work uninterrupted, I found the tissue paper collages to do the trick nicely!
So let's turn now to MaryAnn and hear her perspective on doing art with young children.
Scribble Art was the first book I wrote, and has sentimental connections back to my teaching years where all these ideas were tested with kindergarten through grade three children, children I knew and loved. I choose these projects because they were open-ended and I was so excited to write a book to encourage creativity for children where their own unique artwork rather than copying adult made cutesy projects. The book was published in 1985 and it is still my favorite and still selling well around the world (in 9 languages no less).