American Folk Art for Kids by Richard Panchyk
With 21 Activities (For Kids series)

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Drawing on the natural folk art tendencies of children, who love to collect buttons, bottle caps, shells, and Popsicle sticks to create beautiful, imperfect art, this activity guide teaches kids about the history of this organic art and offers inspiration for them to create their own masterpieces. The full breadth of American folk art is surveyed, including painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and textiles from the 17th century through today. Making bubblegum wrapper chains, rag dolls, bottle cap sculptures, decoupage boxes, and folk paintings are just a few of the activities designed to bring out the artist in every child. Along the way kids learn about the lives of Americans throughout history and their casual relationships to everyday art as they cut stencils, sew needlepoint samplers, draw calligraphy birds, and design quilts. Important folk artists such as the last surviving Shakers, the legendary Grandma Moses, and the Reverend Howard Finster are also explored in sidebars throughout the book.

About Richard Panchyk

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Richard Panchyk is the author of Archaeology for Kids, Franklin Delano Roosevelt for Kids, Galileo for Kids, Keys to American History, Our Supreme Court, and World War II for Kids.
Published September 1, 2004 by Chicago Review Press. 128 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Along with short biographies of such artists as Grandma Moses and woodcarver Elijah Pierce, Panchyk covers a broad range of categories that include pottery, quilting and the use of ""found objects"" in artwork-with numerous craft ideas relating to each topic.

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