My oldest is a budding artist and while I have failed to support this interest with extra curricular activities to improve her skills, I have finally seen the light and enrolled her in a week of real art camp. Not the arts and crafts variety. She draws daily such that I tend to push activities that are opposite to art to round her out: math, reading, music, languages, and sports.
My mom friends are more on top of things.
One mom friend suggested an excellent art book from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as a birthday present. Hey, I did buy her the book (and it’s excellent). And I took her to the Eric Carle Museum. But now I am trying to be more supportive. We bought a family pass to the Museum of Fine Arts to increase our trips from annual to quarterly. I put her in camps that have more interesting and in depth art offerings. And I keep these books around the house. Most of them at least.
p.s. More Art Gift Ideas for Kids here:
Art Books for Kids Honorable Mention
Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children’s History of Art by Michael Bird, illustrated by Kate Evans
I got this book for my 16 year old, Grasshopper and Sensei, who is arty and just completed the Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program this past summer. She and I are both drooling over this book. Beautifully illustrated on every page, this book brings the artists and major paintings that they created alive! Each story covers the artist’s life but in a way that draws the reader in because it’s a story and not a straight up (boring) biography. You can flip from chapter to chapter to read about particular artists or periods of art as you choose, or read it from start to finish in historical order. The beauty of this book is that it works for a wide range of ages. It also works beautifully as a read aloud for art history, either at home or in an art class. My daughter and I have read a lot of art history books for kids and this one is by far the best one we’ve ever run across. This is worth the investment! [art history chapter book, ages 6 and up]