Action ART: HANDS-ON ACTIVE ART ADVENTURES (Bright Ideas for Learning (TM)) (Paperback)

Action ART: HANDS-ON ACTIVE ART ADVENTURES (Bright Ideas for Learning (TM)) By MaryAnn F. Kohl, Barbara Zaborowski Cover Image

Action ART: HANDS-ON ACTIVE ART ADVENTURES (Bright Ideas for Learning (TM)) (Paperback)


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Action Art: Hands-On Active Art Adventures is A Collection of Over 100 Active Hands-On Art Experiences for Children 2-12, Full of Adventure, Movement, and Discovery.


Over 100 action-packed art activities bring discovery and adventurous creativity to children’s art experiences that will delight and challenge kids of all ages. Each child-tested art activity is grouped into engaging action categories including:

  1. Smacking • Squeezing • Tapping 
  2. Rolling • Spinning • Swinging 
  3. Blowing • Exploding • Smooshing 
  4. Tools • Toys • Utensils 
  5. Up • Down • All Around

Full color photographs highlight all activities including painting, photography, collage and sculpture, each with helpful icons indicating levels for both children and adults. Action Art experiences are built on the knowledge that art for children is a creative process and not just a finished product. MaryAnn Kohl is famous around the world for encouraging children to experience creative art exploration best known as “process art”.

Action Art offers 5 chapters of exciting and adventurous creative art activities, all with surprise outcomes, including – Blowing Glitter, Dancing Blottos, Bubble Wrap, Boot Walk, Clear Color Squish

MaryAnn F. Kohl and Barbara Zaborowski have invented and refined the activities in Action Art with the belief that children actively explore and discover art as a process of creating. The finished product is the unique outcome of their involvement. Expect to see involved participation, inspired imagination, and a deeper challenge to their thinking.
Product Details ISBN: 9780935607345
ISBN-10: 093560734X
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publication Date: June 9th, 2015
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Bright Ideas for Learning (TM)
"Don’t be afraid to make a mess! Action Art is filled with exciting and fun art experiences that will help adults inspire children to think even more creatively. What could be better?" —Brian Selznick, Caldecott Medal winner, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

"Action Art – art in action! This is the best of childhood, right here—a combination of two things kids really love to do: MOVE and CREATE. MaryAnn Kohl’s art books have guided us for years now, and this one with Barbara Zaborowski will be a treasure to add to the shelf. I’m so excited about these active art ideas!" —Jean Van't Hul, author, The Artful Parent and owner, The Artful Parent blog

"Action Art is another brilliant book by MaryAnn Kohl, this time with co-author Barbara Zaborowski. As an early childhood educator and homeschooling mother, I constantly recommend MaryAnn’s books to parents and educators. If you want a developmentally appropriate book that offers fresh and engaging art activities for your young learner, add this book to your library today!" —Kathy H. Lee, Early Childhood Educator, author, The Homegrown Preschooler and 101 Easy, Wacky, Crazy Activities for Young Children

"I especially love Bubble Wrap Boots in the Movement chapter. All the senses are used when squishing in paint, hearing popping bubbles, and looking at the unique paint patterns. Action Art allows kids to jump into active art using everyday materials. This will be a staple in my classroom!" —Marianne Dambra, President, ECE Network of Rochester, author, Cooking is Cool: Heat-Free Recipes for Kids to Cook

"Any art book from MaryAnn Kohl is a fantastic source of inspiration, and Action Art with Barbara Zaborowski is no exception. My two kids (ages 2 and 5) love getting their wiggles out creating art together with the action-packed activities in this super fun book - and yours will too!" —Asia Citro, MEd, author, :fun at home with kid: and 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids

"I’m blown away by Action Art – it is so fabulous! Kohl’s art books are amazing and inspiring, and this one with Zaborowski makes me want to get up and move and make some active art! I particularly love the “pounding paint”. I almost popped out of my chair and went to find my mallet! I can’t imagine how much fun this would be for kids! Move over, Jackson Pollock – Action Art is here!" —Karen Katz, author & illustrator, Counting Kisses and 55 other books

"There is so much joyful energy in Action Art! This book bursts with color, fun and inspiration for young artists. I love how out-of-the- ordinary art materials are included, such as car tires, power drills and tricycles, and yet every activity is something anyone could try in their home or classroom. Action Art will have children of all ages exploring creativity with big smiles to match!" —Cathy James, editor, NurtureStore, a kids creative learning website

"If you are an early childhood teacher concerned about development in all domains, Action Art is the art book for you! Not only will you find ways to engage children in meaningful, fun, and sometimes downright thrilling creative art activities, you’ll have no trouble identifying the myriad ways children are learning. All of the activities can result in powerful successes for children from exploration of media in new ways! As for me, Sparkle Spray Foam is calling! Got to go!" —Kay Albrecht, Ph.D., author, the Innovations series of curriculum/development/training books and Social Emotional Tools for Life

"Action Art encourages children's creativity through an amazing (and FUN) assortment of art projects that stimulate new ways of viewing the world. Colorful, detailed photos and clear directions make the activities easily understandable for kids of all ages. Inspiring original ideas and independent thinking, Action Art is a “must” for the classroom, the playroom, and the library." —Florrie Binford Kichler, Publisher, Patria Press, past Executive Director, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

"MaryAnn Faubion Kohl and Barbara Zaborowski never say, 'Don’t do that,' in their creative guide to active open-ended art activities. Children can smack, tap, spin, blow, smoosh, and more! When children manipulate materials and cause changes, they learn about material properties and their own abilities. Action icons guide us in choosing activities that meet children’s need for self-direction, all within the available time to set up and clean up. I’d like to see every child experience 'Pounding Paint' where a tool for pounding is in an unlikely pairing with paint. Don’t miss the extensions, 'More Ideas to Explore,' as you follow children’s interests in investigating materials and testing their own abilities. I like how children and their adults can return to a piece of artwork and continue developing it with additional materials as they reflect on the action and materials that created it." —Peggy Ashbrook, Early childhood science teacher and author, Science is Simple