Monday, February 04, 2013

THE NEW ZEALAND ART ACTIVITY BOOK: 100+ Ideas for Creative Kids

by Helen Lloyd
Not your usual colouring book 

The New Zealand Art Activity Book: 100+ Ideas for Creative Kids by Helen Lloyd propels children headfirst into the world of New Zealand art, with activities and exercises specially designed by some of our leading artists!

This superb 184-page art activity book draws on the latest educational knowledge and results of testing by real kids and teachers at Te Papa and beyond. It encourages creativity, lateral thinking, and pure enjoyment in art for children and for all the family.

Written and developed by Helen Lloyd, Senior Education Programmer at Te Papa, in consultation with Senior Art Curator Sarah Farrar, the book is a treasure-chest of drawing activities, many of them inspired by paintings, photographs and prints from the national art collection. There are colour reproductions by artists such as Colin McCahon, Rita Angus, and Michael Smither that will motivate and engage children.

Also included are specially commissioned works from some of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists: Darryn George, Sara Hughes, Séraphine Pick, Martin Poppelwell, John Pule, Ian Scott, Francis Upritchard and Rohan Wealleans and quotations from artists that will stimulate children to think creatively.

Activities include imaginative ideas for drawing and collage, fun ways to learn about using perspective, composition, and colour, guides for drawing portraits, landscapes, abstract art, and optical illusions ... and so much more.

The book is designed primarily for children aged 5–8 but will appeal to children of any age
who like art and are interested in drawing and being creative.

The New Zealand Art Activity Book: 100+ Ideas for Creative Kids by Helen Lloyd

 Te Papa Press mid-March 2013
RRP: $29.99, 184 pages. ISBN: 978-0-9876688-0-6

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