“I believe that art is an adventure and an exploration of materials and ideas. I like to say ‘Art is a Process, Not a Product’.”
MaryAnn Kohl is a leading voice in encouraging creativity in young minds through her many resource art books. MaryAnn founded Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. in 1985 when she published her first book, Scribble Cookies (Now in its new edition, Scribble Art, with more of everything!) Her experiences include teaching in elementary school and college, educational consultation and being an author and publisher.
“Children have only themselves to please as they drip, smudge, glop, glue and sculpt their way through hundreds of open-ended art ideas. The art activities in my books have unlimited creative possibilities with no right or wrong way to create and no set rules or expectations for outcomes. Process art expands the creative experience and awareness of children in all aspects of the visual arts through painting, drawing, printing, sculpture, architecture, and other manipulations of art materials.”
Here is a list of MaryAnn Kohl’s books (some are co-authored):
Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters
Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters
Storybook Art: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of 100 Favorite Picture Book Illustrators
First Art - Art Exploration for Toddlers and Twos
Preschool Art: It's the Process, Not the Product
Mudworks: Creative Clay, Dough and Modeling Experiences for Children (now in bilingual Spanish Edition)
The Big Messy *(But Easy to Clean Up) Art Book
ScienceArts: Discovering Science Through Art Experiences
Scribble Art: Independent Creative Art Experiences for Children
Good Earth Art: Environmental Art for Kids
Cooking Art: Easy Edible Art for Young Children
Making Make-Believe: Fun Props, Costumes and Creative Play Ideas
Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions from Around the World
MathArts: Exploring Math through Art for 3 to 6 Year Olds
Snacktivities! 50 Edible Activities for Parents and Young Children
And her newest book, Art with Anything: 52 Weeks of Fun Using Everyday Stuff is coming out May 2010!
Mary Ann Kohl is giving away a copy of Mudworks (bilingual edition)!
You can enter to win twice:
1) For your first entry, comment under this post and tell me your NAME and a FAVORITE ART ACTIVITY that you enjoy with your child.
2) For your second entry, become a FOLLOWER of the SMMARTideas blog (on the dashboard of your blog, enter my url- http://SMMARTideas.blogspot.com under “Blogs I’m Following”, or follow me on your Google Reader, or promise that you’ll check in each week for the newest SMMART Activity:) Comment under this post and tell me your NAME and that you are a FOLLOWER. “I follow SMMARTideas!”
(...and I'd be honored if you would add my BUTTON on your blog:-)
I will post the winner's name on January 19th! You must e-mail me at SMMARTideas@hotmail.com with your mailing address by midnight Jan.19th, or I will post another winner on Jan. 20th...process continues until we get a winner!
MaryAnn Kohl is also promoting a special offer on her book, Great American Artists for kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters. It sells for $18.95 plus shipping, but for SMMARTideas enthusiasts, she is offering it for $15 (that includes shipping!!!)
Send her a check at:
PO Box 31338
Bellingham, WA 98228
You can even request that she autograph it for you…(if you wish, you can fill out this form) and remember to send her your mailing address! Be sure to let her know you read about this offer on SMMARTideas to receive this price and free shipping! Yipeeeee!