Wednesday, August 19, 2015


We all can use a little inspiration, can't we?

I have some WONDERFUL news to share: SIX art ideas of mine have been published in the book "500 Kids Art Ideas" by Gavin Andrews published by Quarry Books! 

This soft-cover book is chock-full of great ideas that will really get your creativity going! There are eleven different chapters in the book that show full color pictures of a variety of art media and projects created by a wide range of ages. There are great ideas for working in felts, fibers, paper and book art, sculpture and 3D, technology and more!

It truly is a beautiful book! Each of the 500 projects has a full color illustration along with a quick list of materials used. While there aren't step-by-step directions for each project, there's enough information to get you started and art teachers, homeschoolers and creative kiddos will be inspired none-the-less.

Author Gavin Andrews is an art educator and artist who is currently employed at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. I love what is written about her on Amazon (on the "About the Author" section for this book), "She is dedicated to the role of art and creativity in people's lives, especially those of her two children, and strives to have people understand that everyone can be creative." I couldn't agree with her more!

Want a copy? Well, I have one right here for you! I'm giving away a FREE copy of the book "500 Kids Art Ideas" by Gavin Andrews published by Quarry Books in my first-eva giveaway! Here are the details:

If you would like to be entered in the drawing to receive a copy of the book, leave a comment below with your name, email address and let me know what book YOU can't live without in your classroom or one that you've read that inspired you. 

I will choose a winner at random on August 31st, 2015. Sorry, only those in the continental United States are eligible for this giveaway.

So, get to writing that comment below to enter! Good luck!


  1. I would love to win. I enjoy reading the book Beautiful Oops toy students.

  2. Yay, Mrs. P! I love the artwork in Thomas Locker's books, especially Sky Tree. Non art-related authors: Robert Munsch rocks.

  3. The Touch the Art Series by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo is one of my favorite classroom books. The kids interact with art history.
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  4. And Amy Phelps says: We love your art lessons Mrs. P! One of the books we cannot live without in our special day class is Rumpelstiltskin, retold by Paul O. Zelinsky. The story is wonderfully retold and the beautiful illustrations are complex and detailed. Our students can look at the artwork again and again and discover something new each time.


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