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Art Resources

Art is one of those things kids should just be encouraged to do. You can teach them theory till you're blue in the face, but if you don't let them hold a colored pencil, wield a brush, or imitate Van Gogh (except the ear-removing part), it'll fall on uncomprehending ears. Just as science is kind of dead without experimentation and observation, so art isn't a mere textbook pursuit to be read about and never practiced.

Edith Schaeffer wrote a superb little book titled The Hidden Art of Homemaking about the need for every Christian to imitate the Creator God by expressing their own creativity. She stresses that not everyone needs to be famous or make money from what they produce (not most, in fact), but that being creative and making art is an important element of our humanity.

We couldn't agree more. Kids need to understand that creative expression is a good thing when used to glorify God and encourage those around them, and that they shouldn't be embarrassed to explore and hone their talents. To that end, we're doing our best to offer plenty of tools and resources to help them do just that.

There's the tools themselves of course: markers, pencils, brushes, paints, etc., even an artist's smock for messy projects. Then there's the coloring books (a great place to start!), drawing and painting instruction guides, craft books, richly illustrated art history texts and artist biographies, pictorial explorations of great architecture, etc.

Some texts are aimed specifically at parents and teachers. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is a guide to moving beyond childish scrawls to advanced drawing techniques. Drawing With Children helps parents guide kids through the five elements of drawing, offering tips, advice, and exercises to help developing artists improve without getting frustrated.

The products from How Great Thou Art are instructional while helping kids relate art to a Christian worldview. This is essential: art is not created for its own sake, but for the glory of God and for the delight and instruction of others. We don't draw or paint or design just to entertain people, and if we do we need to reconsider what exactly it is we're up to. Teaching kids to keep things in perspective from the beginning is crucial.

Just letting your kiddos get their fingers smudged with markers and crayon shavings in their hair is probably the first step. Guidance is important in any pursuit, but so is the ability to try things, to fail, and to learn and do better next time. Supplies will help with the practice part; books, guides, and manuals will help with the getting better part.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviews here.

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"I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat"
by Jerry Beck
from Henry Holt and Company
for 4th-Adult
in Theater, Drama & Film (Location: ART-03B)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
1-2-3 Draw Cartoon People
by Steve Barr
from Peel Productions
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ART-01F)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
1-2-3 Draw Dinosaurs
by Freddie Levin
from Peel Productions
for 3rd-6th grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ART-01F)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
1-2-3 Draw Horses
by Freddie Levin
from Peel Productions
for 3rd-6th grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ART-01F)
$4.50 (2 in stock)
12 Non-Roll Markers
for 2nd-6th grade
in Melissa & Doug Art Supplies (Location: A03-MDA)
$2.99
20 Ways to Draw a Bike and 44 Other Incredible Ways to Get Around
by James Gulliver Hancock
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$14.00
20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly and 44 Other Things with Wings
by Trina Dalziel
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$14.00
20 Ways to Draw a Chair and 44 Other Interesting Everyday Things
by Lisa Solomon
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$14.00
20 Ways to Draw a Dress and 44 Other Fabulous Fashions and Accessories
by Julia Kuo
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$14.00
20 Ways to Draw a Mustache and 44 Other Funny Faces and Features
by Cara Bean
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$14.00
20 Ways to Draw A Shoe and 44 Other Sneakers, Slippers, Stilettos, and Slingbacks
by Julia Kuo
Csm from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$14.00
20 Ways to Draw a Star and 44 Other Far-Out Wonders from the Sky and Galaxy
by Nate Padavick, Salli S. Swindell
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$14.00
20 Ways to Draw a Strawberry and 44 Other Elegant Edibles
by Zoe Ingram
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$14.00
20 Ways to Draw a Tree and 44 Other Nifty Things from Nature
by Eloise Renouf
from Quarry Books
for 3rd-Adult
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$14.00
20 Ways to Draw a Tulip and 44 Other Fabulous Flowers
from Quarry Books
in 20 Ways to Draw (Location: ART-01E)
$14.00
ABCs of Art
by Julie Aigner-Clark
from Hyperion Press
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Advanced Drawing Skills: A Course in Artistic Excellence
by Barrington Barber
from Barnes & Noble
for 6th-Adult
in Advanced Drawing Instruction (Location: ART-02A)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Alphabet City
by Stephen T. Johnson
First Edition from Viking Press
for Preschool-1st grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Amazing Buildings
by Philip Wilkinson
from DK Publishing
for 3rd-7th grade
in Architecture & Sculpture (Location: ART-03C)
$10.00 (2 in stock)
American Barns and Covered Bridges
by Eric Sloane
for 5th-Adult
in Pioneer & Frontier Life (Location: B01-15C)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
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Dover Coloring Books
by A. G. Smith
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.99
American Printmaking
by Wendy Shadwell
for 4th-12th grade
in Art History & Appreciation (Location: ART-02C)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Andrew Murray's London
by Andrew Murray
from Blackie & Son LTD.
for 4th-8th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: BLG-07D)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Annotated Guides Great Artists
by Robert Cumming
from DK Publishing
for 6th-9th grade
in Great Artists (Location: ART-02B)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
Annotated Mona Lisa
by Carol Strickland
2nd edition from Andrews and McMeel
for 5th-12th grade
in Art History & Appreciation (Location: ART-02C)
$19.54
Annotated Mona Lisa
by Carol Strickland
from Andrews and McMeel
for 11th-Adult
in Art History & Appreciation (Location: ART-02C)
$14.00 (2 in stock)
Aqualine Watercolor Pencils - 12 Colors
from Alpino
for Preschool-Adult
in Colored Pencils & Markers (Location: A-CP)
$9.99
Architecture
Perspectives on History Series
by Pat Perrin
from History Compass
for 6th-9th grade
in Architecture & Sculpture (Location: ART-03C)
$7.95 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Architecture and Construction
by Of Discovery Voyages, Scholastic Books
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Architecture Source Book
by Vernon Gibberd
from Quantum Books
for 7th-12th grade
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Art - Student Worktext: Drawing
by Troy Bohannon
from Bob Jones University Press
for 1st-12th grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ART-01F)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Art Adventures at Home - A Curriculum Guide for Home Schools
by Pattye Carlson and M. Jean Soyke
from Unknown Publisher
for 1st-5th grade
in Art & Drawing Reference (Location: ART-01A)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Art and Civilization: Ancient Rome
Art and Civilization
by Giovanni Di Pasquale & Matilde Bardi
from Peter Bedrick Books
Roman History Reference for 4th-6th grade
in Ancient Rome (Location: B02-03C)
$12.00 (2 in stock)
Art and Industry of Sandcastles
by Jan Adkins
from Walker Books
for 3rd-8th grade
in Architecture & Sculpture (Location: ART-03C)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Art Book About Color
by Rosie Dickins
from Usborne
for 2nd-6th grade
in Art & Drawing Reference (Location: ART-01A)
$7.99
Art Coloring Book
by Sarah Courtauld
from Usborne
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Usborne Activities (Location: A01-02A)
$7.19
Art Elements
from Audio Visual Drawing Program
for 2nd-6th grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ART-01F)
$7.50
Art for Children: Renaissance
Art for Children
by Lillo Canto
from Chelsea House Publishing
Art Appreciation for 4th-6th grade
in Renaissance & Reformation (Location: B02-04D)
$20.00 $9.00 (1 in stock)
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by Kathryn Temple
from Lark Books
for 2nd-7th grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ART-01F)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Art Fraud Detective
by Anna Nilsen
from Kingfisher
for 4th-8th grade
in Art History & Appreciation (Location: ART-02C)
$15.26 $7.20 (1 in stock)
Art Masterpieces to Color
by Marty Noble
from Dover Publications
for 5th-9th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$8.95
Art Museum: A Sticker Story Coloring Book
by Sylvia Walker
Clr Csm from Dover Publications
for Kindergarten-5th grade
in Sticker Books (Location: A01-01A)
$5.99
Art of Construction
by Mario Salvadori
from Chicago Review Press
for 5th-8th grade
in Architecture & Sculpture (Location: ART-03C)
$16.95 $10.00 (1 in stock)
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Scholastic: Voyages of Discovery #7
by Scholastic Books
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Architecture & Sculpture (Location: ART-03C)
$9.00 (2 in stock)
Art of the Middle Ages
by Jennifer Olmstead
from Heinemann Educational Books
for 4th-8th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: B02-04A)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Art Smart: Spot the Details and Find Out the Facts
Act from Dover Publications
for 1st-7th grade
in Art History & Appreciation (Location: ART-02C)
$9.99
Art: Over 2,500 Works from Cave to Contemporary
from DK Publishing
in Art History & Appreciation (Location: ART-02C)
$50.00
Art: The Critics' Choice
by Marina Vaizey
from Watson-Guptill
for 10th-Adult
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Artist of the Reformation
by Joyce McPherson
from Greenleaf Press
Biography for 5th-9th grade
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
$12.95
Artist's Manual
First Edition from Chronicle Books
for 7th-Adult
in Art & Drawing Reference (Location: ART-01A)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
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