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American Folk Art for Kids : With 21 Activities - Richard Panchyk

American Folk Art for Kids

With 21 Activities


Published: 1st September 2004
For Ages: 9+ years old
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Drawing on the natural folk art tendencies of children, who love to collect buttons, bottle caps, shells, and Popsicle sticks to create beautiful, imperfect art, this activity guide teaches kids about the history of this organic art and offers inspiration for them to create their own masterpieces. The full breadth of American folk art is surveyed, including painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and textiles from the 17th century through today. Making bubblegum wrapper chains, rag dolls, bottle cap sculptures, decoupage boxes, and folk paintings are just a few of the activities designed to bring out the artist in every child. Along the way kids learn about the lives of Americans throughout history and their casual relationships to everyday art as they cut stencils, sew needlepoint samplers, draw calligraphy birds, and design quilts. Important folk artists such as the last surviving Shakers, the legendary Grandma Moses, and the Reverend Howard Finster are also explored in sidebars throughout the book.

Introduction: What is folk art? -- Author's note -- The origins of folk art: Find your folk roots -- Folk painting and drawing: Paint a folk portrait -- Reverse painting on glass -- Make a shadow painting -- Draw a Spencerian letter -- Calligraphy bird -- The decorative arts: Sponge paint a stool -- Make a hex sign -- Make a stencil -- Create a paper cutout -- Fabric sewn and stitched: Make a cross-stitch sampler -- Sew an album quilt square -- Design a quilt -- Make a rag doll -- Chiseled, carved, and hammered: Make a scrimshaw -- Make a checkerboard -- Found objects and scraps: Create a memory box -- Make a gum-wrapper chain -- Button collage -- Make a bottle-cap figure -- Decoupage a box -- Public folk art: Design a Shaker seed packet -- Drugstore trade signs -- Pick your trade -- Afterword: Folk art now -- Glossary -- Museums with folk art collections.

ISBN: 9781613741191
ISBN-10: 1613741197
For Ages: 9+ years old
For Grades: 4+
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: Chicago Review Press