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  • Item #: 006181
    ISBN: 9780935607093
    Retail: $18.95
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    Here are 150 activities that teach the styles, works, and techniques of the great masters - Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and more. To imitate Michelangelo's Sistene Chapel, the young artist paints while reclined on his back with paper taped to the bottom of a table. To experience Van Gogh's style, children mix paints into a thick substance called "impasto" and then paint with heavy, swirling brush strokes. Each activity contains a brief history of the artist, a project, and an example of that artist's work.

  • Item #: 017489
    ISBN: 9780935607000
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    By the same authors of Discovering Great Artists, above, this project book features 75 art activities, all based on the work of famous American artists. The very helpful table of contents groups the artists into four categories, based on periods and style and also provides at-a-glance guidance on the art activity used, the style, the technique used for the project, the recommended age level, and the level of adult help. Each artist and corresponding project is featured on one or two glossy, full-color pages which offer background on the artist, a portrait of the artist as interpreted by a child, a description of the activity, a list of materials, and a step-by-step procedure. You'll enjoy activities such as designing a magazine cover like Norman Rockwell, drawing a busy scene in the style of Grandma Moses, creating a stained glass window with colored "bubbles" like Frank Lloyd Wright, creating your own "Seussel" character in the style of Theodor Seuss Geisel, and much, much more. You can also visit the author's website (www.brightring.com/americanartists.html) for links to examples of each artist's work. If your art appreciation course includes a study of American artists, you won't want to bypass this one! 142 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 062052
    ISBN: 9780753471838
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  • Item #: 062051
    ISBN: 9780753471821
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  • Item #: 062050
    ISBN: 9780753472187
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  • Item #: 062049
    ISBN: 9780753472170
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  • Item #: 029490
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    If you are looking for a very complete, well-rounded art program for the upper elementary and junior high grades that requires very little teacher preparation time, you might want to take a look at Discovering Art from Calvert School. One of the advantages of this program is that a large part of the instruction is on DVD, taking a lot of the stress of presenting the concepts off of the teacher. The program consists of 32 lessons, which are shared between the teacher's Guidebook and the DVDs. Each lesson in the Guidebook begins with objectives and a summary of the DVD lesson. Following the summary, the DVD segment corresponding to that lesson is to be viewed by the students. Then, we turn back to the Guidebook for several follow-up activities and discussion questions which complement the topics discussed on the DVD. Then it's time to break out the art supplies for the "creating" portion of the lesson. An introduction to the art project, approximate working time, materials, and detailed, step-by-step directions are all laid out in the Guidebook, to make things fairly simple for the teacher. Finally, a list of suggested titles for further reading is given for those who would like to learn more, or take the lesson further. While this sounds pretty intense for an art program, the lessons are designed to be completed within a week, giving you ample room to split up the different parts of the lesson as it fits into your week.

    The lessons themselves are designed to walk the student or group through a thorough introduction to the visual arts. We begin by discussing art in general and then progress to discuss lines and types of lines, shapes, three dimensions in art, space, pattern, texture, principles of design, composing space, perspective, light, value, color, seeing and mixing colors, the use of color, and more. While I've seen these topics discussed in a fairly dry way in many art books, the activities and the DVD lessons make the finer details of art truly "come alive" for the student who would rather be set loose with his paints than learn a lengthy lesson about perspective or value. The DVD lessons, each of which span about 10-15 minutes, center around several boys and girls that frequently visit an old mill, where two artists work. On every visit to the mill, the artists explain artistic concepts through their own examples, by visually showing the youngsters (and viewers) on paper, and through the use of well-known masterpieces that clearly illustrate a concept. The DVDs are very professionally done, and manage to bring a lot of enthusiasm to every lesson. One thing I particularly like about the DVDs are the small "field trips" the viewer takes every five or so lessons. Six lessons are devoted to visiting an artist's studio, and getting a glimpse of their work, how they go about making their artwork, and what is important to them in their art. This is an aspect you often don't get to enjoy in art class, where you learn about classic masters, but never get to see an actual "artist" at work, unless you are lucky enough to know one you can visit.

    The lessons that surround the DVD viewing expand on what has been learned in the video, and offer plenty of guidance and freedom to explore the topic to your heart's content. The follow-up activities offer students a chance to find examples of lesson content in the world around them, looking at things in more depth, discussing what was learned in the DVD as well as what they have noticed themselves, and looking closer at great masterpieces that reflect the lessons they are learning. The taste of art history woven into the program seems seamless as students examine great works of art in light of color, line, value, perspective, and more. Although these masterpieces are not covered in a lot of depth in the DVD lessons (due to time constraints), they are helpfully listed in the back of the Guidebook so that you may locate them and have them on hand for the rest of the lesson, if desired. Several of these masterpieces are included as small reproductions to be used in more depth in several lessons. Most kids should truly enjoy the art activities as well, as they are complex enough not to be trite and over-simplified, and give the young artist plenty of freedom and opportunity to practice artistic concepts through their own work. The students are not limited to pencil and paper either - they will get to create their own masterpieces through sculpture, collage, paintings, rubbings, drawings, and more. The art activities are both original and open-ended, for those kids who just "get into them." The "field trip" lessons where we get to visit with different artists in their studios present an interesting diversion, where the activity centers around creating art in the featured artists' medium, and using their normal subject material as well!

    One more timesaving aspect I've failed to mention as of yet is the inclusion of nearly all the materials the student will need to complete the art activities. The art kit includes over 30 quality art supplies required to perform the activities, including painting and sculpting materials, drawing tools, printing materials, paper and more, conveniently packaged in a carrying box to avoid the "scattering" of supplies that happens when tools are packaged only in shrink wrap.

    This format, structure, and substance of this program make it terrific to use as a whole family, homeschool group, or co-op. With the DVD presentations, the lessons are accessible to everyone, and the other components of the lessons are ideally suited to group work, especially as the suggested "finale" to the program is an art exhibition for the students to display the great masterpieces they have created during art class. Don't just read about art, study drawing, or aimlessly freehand - discover it in every aspect! Program includes spiral-bound Guidebook, art materials kit, two DVDs, and several art reproductions. - Jess

  • Item #: 026968
    ISBN: 9781931397599
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    Trek across the U.S. with Lewis and Clark, encountering wild animals, Indians, landscapes, and vegetation through tons of fun art and writing activities! Students are encouraged to keep a journal and write selections similar to what Meriwether and William might have written, such as descriptions of plants, animals and places that had never been seen before by westerners, and poems and other short writing activities. A variety of art activities and crafts involve children in the journey: learn how to draw many different animals, make your own telescope and quill pen, discover some of America's great nature artists, and many other activities. Real passages from the journals of Lewis and Clark are interspersed throughout the pages and are the basis for each project. Related websites for further exploration are included, as well as a glossary of terms in the back. The revised and expanded Geography Matters version of the Visual Manna original. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 023476
    ISBN: 9780399252389
    Retail: $17.99
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    Written and illustrated by Jan Brett, this beautiful children's book tells the story of a young bunny named Hoppi. Hoppi and the other rabbis are all working on their Easter Egg designs because the best artist gets to help the Easter Bunny deliver eggs. Hoppi visits all the other artists to gain inspiration, but on the way home, he discovers a robin's egg that has fallen from its nest. He decides to help the egg by keeping it safe and warm, but will he have time to make his egg for the contest? Beautiful illustrations and a heartwarming tale make this a great book to read regardless of the season. 27 pgs, hc, and a sheet of stickers to decorate your own eggs. – Laura

  • Item #: 014046
    ISBN: 9780544252233
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    Whimsically subtitled: Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought), this delightful book delves into the fascinating, little known aspects of the lives of famous artists. Discover which of the great masters conducted secret autopsies, which artist lived over three times longer than the expected life span of her day, and which artist made it his goal to "shock the world every twenty-four hours". With its lively, rollicking text and comical portraits, this volume captivates like no other. Please note that one artist is mentioned as being homosexual, but the topic is not elaborated upon. 96 pgs, pb ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 010791
    ISBN: 9781580174930
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    Learn to slow down and enjoy life as you observe and reflect upon the world around you. In Part One of this book, you will learn what it means to keep a nature journal, how to start exploring, and how to express your thoughts using the written word and drawings. If you're not a great artist, don't panic! This book will help you lay aside your fears as it encourages you to improve your skills through practice.

    Part Two of this manual focuses on the ongoing journal, providing ideas to keep your journal active throughout the changing seasons. Centering a portion of your seasonal observations on a stationary object or place such as the tree across the street, an easily observed park or street corner, or even the moon will lend a sense of continuity to your entries.

    The final section is entitled "Learning and Teaching Nature Journaling." This segment consists of a number of exercises to help the reader gain confidence with basic drawing skills including contour, capturing basic shapes, foreshortening, perspective, and shading. The author has also provided helpful tips to simplify drawing flowers, landscapes, weather, reptiles and amphibians, birds, and other objects which may prove difficult to capture on paper.

    The last few chapters of this section are devoted to the idea of teaching the art of nature journaling to people of all ages, and adapting nature journaling to a group activity. This portion stresses the role of the teacher in creating learning situations that stimulate learners to begin writing or drawing in a journal.

    The book has just a bit of evolutionary content in it, but nothing that can't be avoided. A helpful appendix at the back of the book gives suggested reading, additional resources, and a suggested scale for teachers to assess nature journaling skills. Complete index. - Rachel

  • Item #: 003584
    ISBN: 9781887823388
    Retail: $22.95
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    "For People Who Can't Even Draw a Straight Line," "No Talent Required" - hey, this woman knows me! From Sandra Angelo (Discover Art), comes this easy self study guide and workbook that, using a simple, four-step drawing system, transforms your skills from barely beginner to accomplished artist in a few easy lessons. I like the directions to "begin at the beginning and work your way through the book sequentially," nice and simple. It's full of irreverent pearls of wisdom, like "The race goes not to the hare but the tortoise" and "those who don't give up succeed," and (my personal favorite), "Talent is REALLY not necessary." Sandra gives us a short introduction that would give hope to even the most drawing-challenged person. If you draw for 45 minutes to one hour per day, you can finish this book in 60-90 days (if you're in a hurry to improve). Otherwise, plan on spending longer relative to the amount of time per day you can allocate to drawing. Next, a materials section acquaints us with the "tools of the trade" - some basic equipment we need to gather before jumping in. Then on to the instruction. Some of this book is reminiscent of the Draw Today program, especially the use of grids for beginning artists. As promised, the instruction is super-easy to follow and all the work can be done right in the book. Instruction progresses logically from seeing and drawing shapes, to lines, to shading, creating texture, gradation, hatching, and plenty of good practice in a lengthy additional exercise section. The methods and exercises look great, and, if I didn't have a lot to do..... But, someday, I'll actually have some time each day to use this! In the meantime, I'm hoping many aspiring artists out there will benefit from Sandra's instruction. 150 pgs. in all, with 130 black-and white photos and 25 line drawings - including plenty of "before" and "after" testimonials to show this method really works.

  • Item #: 027531
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    This is a great little gift wrapped up in a gold brick perfect for your excavators and rock collectors. Dig into the gold-colored brick (approx. 4x2) using the enclosed plastic tool. Your little digger will uncover a beautiful piece of pyrite that is approximately 1 in size. A great addition to your rock collection! ▲CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs

  • Item #: 038168
    ISBN: 9781582867083
    Retail: $39.99
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    Kids and adults alike love burning intricate designs into wood to create lasting treasures. This product is great for beginning wood-burning artists. It includes an electrically operated wood burning stylus with stand, illustrated design sheets, carbon transfer paper to design and burn things with, a wooden box, CD-case, picture frame, key chains, assorted wooden punch-outs, watercolor paints, paint brush, craft glue, sandpaper, and illustrated directions for completing projects. Everything comes packaged in a wooden box with a hinged lid and metal clasp closure, which you can decorate with the supplies provided. A great kit to begin or practice your wood-burning skills. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 074363
    Retail: $34.99
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    Polish your drawing skills and learn the cute cartooning style of Manga with this 43-piece set from Royal & Langnickel®. The included, nice-quality art supplies are all stored in a clear, plastic-handled container making this a great gift for young cartoonists. Set includes 4 graphite pencils (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B), 8 colored pencils, 10 double-tipped markers, 10 oil pastels, 1 sharpener, 1 blending stump, 1 kneaded & 1 white vinyl eraser, 2 plastic Manga templates, 1 paper pad, and a learning guide with basic introductory lessons. For added learning, pair this set with a "How-to-Draw" book such as How to Draw Cute Stuff (#071430) for the young ones or Learn to Draw Manga (#038614) for the more advanced artists. Let's Manga! ~ Emily

  • Item #: 074364
    Retail: $19.99
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    Mixed media art is a great way to explore, experiment, and blend multiple mediums into one single artwork creating some interesting visual effects. For example, oil pastels can be applied to paper like chalk and they repel water, so layering light to vivid watercolor washes over the top can create beautiful depths of color with texture. This 74-piece set from Royal & Langnickel® has a wide assortment of supplies to start dabbling in mixed mediaall contained in a stylish, clear-window tin case (13.75"x 7") with handle. The set includes 2 sketching pencils (HB, 2B), 10 watercolor pencils, 6 oil pastels, 6 acrylic paint tubes, 24 watercolor cakes, 2 paint brushes (round and flat), 1 sharpener, 1 white vinyl eraser, 20 sheets of mixed media paper, and an artist guide booklet with basic tips and instructions on using the materials in your artwork. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 042567
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      Great for student artists looking for a basic set of drawing pencils. Lead is smooth and glides easily over paper. This set of 6 pre-sharpened pencils ranges on the softer side of the graphite scale—HB (hard, black), 2B, 4B, 6B, 7B, 8B (super soft, black)—making for bolder, heavy black drawings. The pencil barrels are semi-hexagonal for easier movability in your hands when drawing. Note: the 7B & 8B pencils are jumbo-sized pencils. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 035350
    ISBN: 9781402784774
    Retail: $9.95
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    As the cover states, "The Only Drawing Book You'll Ever Need to Be the Artist You've Always Wanted to Be!" I think it just might be true! Although written for kids, it doesn't speak down to them, instead it reads like it was written for adults. The reason for this is the author is actually addressing artists - and the effect is wonderful! She knows that all kids are artists, and becoming a wonderful artist is something they are all completely capable of. Consequently, the text and instructions are filled not just with encouragement, but with complete confidence. I really love the coverage and progression of this book. It explains many wonderful drawing techniques and tricks that I learned in a college drawing course and should be taught to children when they are just beginning. It starts with the simplest concepts, like appropriate materials (nothing fancy here, just a brief summary of different types of basic pencils and paper), exploring how to really see what you're drawing, and various types of lines. These lessons provide the foundation for the later lessons, which cover light and shadow, proportion and scale, perspective, drawing faces, and drawing bodies (don't worry - no nudity here!). Throughout each lesson, lots of great advice and a handful of effective, beneficial drawing exercises help children practice each concept. Another great thing about this book is that it is high-quality - the pages are thick and glossy, with color used throughout - it's hard for children to learn drawing with black and white pictures and then try to move on to real objects and suddenly have to translate color into their drawings. Any child with the motivation for working through this book will reap huge benefits in their artwork, and the exercises can be done again and again for additional practice, so even after it is complete it's worth having around. 112 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 007352
    ISBN: 9780553274295
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    Billy wants a pair of hunting dogs more than anything. After working and saving for two years, Billy's dream of owning two coon hounds comes true. But getting his dogs is only the beginning of his adventures hunting coons along the river bottoms of the Ozarks. Billy learns the value of hard work, patience, and persistence in this story and, eventually, understands how God can use all things - even a pair of hunting dogs - to answer the prayers of his family.

  • Item #: 026518
    ISBN: 9781942968535
    Retail: $14.95
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    Sit back and enjoy a good listen with master storyteller Jim Weiss. A true artist at both composition and vocals, Jim pumps life into classics and tales ranging from humorous to historical. We’ve received accolades from homeschoolers and reviewers across the nation, not to mention the numerous prestigious awards these products have garnered. After listening to several sample tapes, we heartily agree! Great for road trips, sick rooms, or just a quiet time of sharing together, put on your imagination and one of these tapes/CDs, and lose yourself for an hour or so in a great adventure or lighthearted tale.
  • Item #: 007913
    ISBN: 9781942968849
    Retail: $14.95
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    Sit back and enjoy a good listen with master storyteller Jim Weiss. A true artist at both composition and vocals, Jim pumps life into classics and tales ranging from humorous to historical. We’ve received accolades from homeschoolers and reviewers across the nation, not to mention the numerous prestigious awards these products have garnered. After listening to several sample tapes, we heartily agree! Great for road trips, sick rooms, or just a quiet time of sharing together, put on your imagination and one of these tapes/CDs, and lose yourself for an hour or so in a great adventure or lighthearted tale.
  • Item #: 064686
    ISBN: 9781628074598
    Retail: $3.99
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       This set of 54 dinosaur cards (3 1/8x5 1/4”) is great for playing games while learning about 18 different dinosaurs – 18 picture card pairs (36 cards) and 18 fact cards. Each fact card includes name pronunciation, type of dinosaur, height, length, and weight in both metric and standard measure. Play games like Dinosaur Matchup, Match & Clap, and Ultimate Fun-a-saurus with these colorful, detailed dinosaur cards. The pictures on the cards match those in the Discovering Dinosaurs Bulletin Board Set, #41594, and could be used together if teaching a dinosaur unit. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 052593
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    This might just be the most awesome volcano kit we carry! This kit includes a volcano mold, plaster, eruption powder, paint, paintbrush, booklets, and real specimens (geode, obsidian and pumice). Be creative and paint your volcano to make it personally yours, then make it erupt over and over with the erupting powder. The geode, obsidian and pumice are included so you can see and feel the different types of igneous rocks. You even get the bonus activity of breaking the geode to see what types of crystals are inside the rock. The Activity booklet includes ten fun puzzles - word search, dot-to-dot, word jumble, crossword, a very challenging volcano maze, and five more types of puzzles. The Adventure Guide includes information about volcanoes, structure of the earth, plate tectonics, etc. accompanied by colored photographs.

    This Discover with Dr. Cool Kit is just that – COOL! Great fun to paint, erupt, and learn about volcanoes and rocks. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 045470
    ISBN: 9781465402073
    Retail: $15.95
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     Much like the Knit and Stitch books in this series (#046027 and #47497), this book is one of the best, most useful books I have even seen for crochet. If you’ve ever tried to work a pattern, it’s very likely you’ve come across a stitch or technique you’ve never heard of and isn’t explained in the directions. Internet searches are often unhelpful as the results are conflicting or confusing. Enter this book: filled with over 100 techniques explained clearly with crisp, color photos to demonstrate each point, this handy little “crochet Bible” should be in everyone’s yarn bag. While there are 20 simple projects included in this book, this volume removes the emphasis of just crossing the “finish line” of a project, and instead places it on enjoying the process itself. You’ll love making basics like hats, blankets, granny squares, and more; but you’ll really love having the resources to change them to add your own personalized touch!  One of the most useful parts of this book is the clear explanation of how to read a crochet pattern, complete with a glossary of unique symbols. Learn the right materials and tools for any project you’re planning, find special techniques for a better finished product, and discover decorative stitches and embellishments to add the perfect touches. Add a hook or two and a pretty pall of yarn, and you’ve got a great gift that will teach skills to last a lifetime. 224 softcover pages. – Laura

  • Item #: 044206
    Retail: $5.99
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    A unicorn marker with a flowing multi-colored mane! A little button on the back makes the mouth open and close so you can brainstorm with a buddy as you write! Hot pink w/blue horn, bright aqua w/pink horn and a white one with purple horn (if you buy multiple, we will assort). Marker color matches the unicorn and it has a star-shaped cap (white one writes in purple.) 8” long including horn – great for your unicorn lovers, artists or generally whimsical fun folks!

  • Item #: 043520
    Retail: $11.05
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      Geared towards students, the XL line of paper from Canson features a better quality product at a more affordable price range. Even amateur and professional watercolor artists can appreciate the heavy 140 lb (300 gsm) weight of this rough-tooth textured cold press paper. The acid-free paper works great for watercolors and other mixed media applications. Each pad contains 30 sheets and is bound with a Euro Fold cover that easily folds all the way over flat, making it great for outdoor studies, laying on easels and studio work. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 042358
    Retail: $16.99
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  • Item #: 041473
    ISBN: 9780794520458
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.24

    It's always more fun to see something work than just read about it. This book allows children to follow their food as it travels through the body by lifting flaps to reveal the unseen story. See how your brain works and how your lungs help you breathe. This book is packed with great illustrations and 50 different flaps to lift and discover. This 16 pg book allows you child to learn in a fun and interesting way. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 026229
    ISBN: 9780794525422
    Retail: $16.99
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    This hardcover book is filled with 35 famous paintings arranged chronologically, covering many of the most famous artists in history. Each two page layout contains a piece of art, information about the techniques used by the artist, and interesting information about the time period, subjects used, historical facts, and other details. There are also two fold out pages for Monet's Water Lilies and Picasso's Guernica. Though geared towards adolescents, the information is interesting to all ages and would make a great addition to an art appreciation class or as a coffee table book. 80 pgs. ~ Alissa

  • Item #: 020860
    ISBN: 9780970040527
    Retail: $16.95
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    The Lamb's Book of Art is an excellent starting point for any beginning artist. The lessons and instructions are easy to follow and could be used for self-study for an older child. A variety of concepts are taught like drawing, color theory, portraits, anatomy, nature studies, cartooning, perspective, shading, lettering, and more. The lessons are fun, and you won't find yourself getting bored with monotonous activities. Plus, the book comes from a Christian publisher and Bible verses accompany most lessons. Art doesn't have to be hopeless! Lessons are reproducible for in home use and there are plenty of blank pages in the book to create art on.

    This book was revised in 2006 and is higher quality than the original. The basic lessons and format are the same, but there are now 168 pages instead of 128, with easier to read text and a fun set of five "marker cards" for additional assignments. Instead of the spiral binding of the original book, this edition sports a perfect binding. With this upgraded edition, they've taken a good thing and made it even better.