Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Ms. Wood's Wild Art Adventures Review & GIVEAWAY!!

I am so excited to tell you about Ms. Wood's Wild Art Adventures today and offer one copy to you in a {FREE} giveaway!!  Read all the way to the end to see the giveaway entry form!



This is more than just an art lesson book!  The author is both a professional artist and an experienced teacher who understands the energy, creativity, and attention spans of children.  The art lessons are brilliantly wrapped inside an imaginary journey to the rainforest, and include a wonderful dose of art history and art appreciation!

We were provided a copy of the paperback book to review (see disclosure below for details).  When it arrived, we immediately read through the story and talked about the pictures.  Everyone was anxious to get started!

So far, we have done three of the five step-by-step art projects--and loved every one of them!

Since we've learned how to draw clouds, my daughter is constantly pointing out the different colors in the clouds in the sky.  She is much more aware of how light is traveling through them.  Here's a picture of her working on her cloud painting:


She also really enjoyed discussing different Master Artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Georgia O-Keefe and how they interpreted and drew clouds.  Seeing their different styles has helped her relax some of the stress she feels when her art projects do not turn out in perfect realistic images...yes, I do have a small perfectionist here!

After completing the leaf drawing, she has created her own colored pencil projects almost every day.  Here are two leaves-in-progress, by a 5-year old and a 6-year old:


So far, my 6-year old's favorite project has been the "bugs-eye view" forest, a painting using single point perspective.  She was very proud of her work and enjoyed showing it off to her dad.  Here she is adding the leaves to the trees:





The neat thing about this book is that you can use it to teach children principles of art technique, history, and appreciation; or you could let older children use the tutorials themselves.  The lessons are straight-forward and easy to follow.  The same projects can be done with an inexpensive set of paint or a nicer set of watercolors.  Concepts like vanishing point, single point perspective, shading, light, shadows, and colors are introduced and experimented with.  A monkey and toucan are shown in simple step by step frames.  Styles of art like modernism, pointillism, symbolism, and many more are showcased in a natural way that excites children.

I cannot say enough good things about Ms. Wood's Wild Art Adventures--there is even a list at the end of the book of hidden pictures throughout its pages!  It makes a great art unit by itself, or the topics and themes can easily be expanded to include other subjects.  I love the focus on observation, a skill that will help them in art, science, and other subjects.  My children as young as five and six have thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the lessons.  Our younger friends (three and four years old) did the lessons with us and also enjoyed the activity, though their pictures looked much more abstract!

You can learn more about the author, Jan Wood Harris, by visiting her website here.  You can order the book at her website or on Amazon.  She has also graciously agreed to give one copy of her book away to one of you!!  Simply enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below.  Please note that it is limited to the continental United States and will end on Monday, June 24th.



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Disclosure:  I was given a free copy of the book Ms. Wood's Wild Art Adventures to review; no other compensation was made.  All opinions are 100% mine.  I will only recommend products or host giveaways for products that I believe in 100%!




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69 comments:

Kristy said...

I know my kids and I would enjoy this book. My 11 year old especially enjoys art and has a natural talent, it's always fun to encourage that. :) Thanks for the chance!

The Jones's said...

My 4 1/2 year-old daughter is a real artist, and I enjoy drawing and painting also. I love to draw and have my daughter try to interpret my work into her own work. I need to learn more technique to help both of us improve and I would love this book about art for our homeschooling.

nodoubtlearning.com said...

I'd love to win this to use with a homeschool co-op!

Dianne Osmun said...

I would love to win this for my daughter. She is very creative & I think she would be entranced by the story format. I love that it includes art history and art appreciation. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this amazing resource.

mum2abby said...

My kids would LOVE this. They are really into art right now and I'm always looking for new and fun art programs!!

Samantha Anderson said...

My boys would love it!

Cat said...

I am always looking for different art things to do with my son!!

Jennah said...

I have been looking at this book for a bit now, I think it looks really interesting.

Rebecca Scott said...

My kids would love this!

4driscollfam said...

My little budding artist would love this!

Cristina Adkins said...

We homeschool and find ourselves always engaged in learning through differents forms of art. I have two little natural artist that are always happy to learn new art ideas. This book looks fantastic!

Lauren Balint said...

I'm an art teacher at 3 elementary schools and I would love to offer this book to my students during their down time. Many students finish early and I know several students that would love the chance to read and follow along with some lessons independently!

Thanks for the opportunity.

Dorothy Teel said...

I have two granddaughters who are homeschooled and they both love to draw and I think this would be great to foster their beginning artist in them..

Kelsi M said...

I'd like to give this to my niece.

cbusch said...

My kids would enjoy it. chaselhoff at usa dot net

Manic Mom said...

Cool Book! My little one would enjoy it & would add it to his Morning therapy!

Ashley said...

Looks like a fun book for little artists!

dawn keenan said...

My kids love to paint and would love this!

OmahaCouponClipper said...

My son really needs something new to do this summer. This looks awesome!

Annamarie Magee said...

My daughter would love this book, since she loves painting!

femmenoir said...

My sister in law in 9 and loves ANYTHING Amazon. She's adore this!

Kit said...

My 6 year old is an aspiring artist and he'd love to learn from the book.

Angie B. said...

I'd love to win this because my niece loves to draw and this would encourage her to read also. : ) (Angie PreciselyMine)

Nora Driskel said...

I think this would be especially enjoyable to my youngest son.

Dinah Ely thetravelingclassroom said...

We love anything to do with art and are always trying to improve!

Dawn Monroe said...

Id like to win for the grandkids. Its summertime so they need extra stuff to do and they enjoy art.

Dorrie Turner said...

I think the more positive creative expression outlets you can give your children the healthier they are!

Amanda said...

Id love to use this for my children. we homeschool and I can use this to help with our art curriculum

Meg - This Big Happy said...

We'd really like to introduce more art into our schooling this year, this looks like a great resource!

Tanya Bright said...

we love art!

LaVonne Long said...

I'm a homeschool mom and I like to supplement the curriculum with books like this.

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

You shared how your daughter is more observant since the cloud lesson. I want that benefit for my son, along with the cool art.

spock7005 said...

My granddaughters are very inerested in artistic endeavours - this is perfect for them!

Pat said...

I'd like to win this to give to my granddaughter. She would really enjoy it!

SharpTeethOfLove said...

I'd love to win this for my niece! - Jenna Osborne

Gina said...

My daughter loves to make art and loves anything to do with the Rainforrest! oregonrockmom@gmail.com

blew415 said...

my niece would love this

rae nelson said...

I would love to win this book because my daughters love art and I love the topic!

noreen said...

Both of my girls love making art and love learning new techniques to try in art.

Sally Guillen said...

I'd love to win it because the kids love to draw and paint. This looks like some great funcational fun!

Maureen said...

My three children love art but my eight year old son in particular has a gift that I would like to encourage. I am very excited to discover new resources for them!

jamie braun said...

i would like to win because my 11 year old step daughter is way into nature/outdoors and art! this is perfect for her

Ava Chavez said...

This would be so much fun to do with my kids!

Teresa Thompson said...

I would love to win this for my granddaughter who is very artistic.

Callee Sligh said...

I would love to use this in homeschooling my daughter! I think she would enjoy it!

Adventure Leader said...

For a friend who is an art teacher

Nancy said...

I 'd like this because I love art!

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

daytodayMOMents said...

For my son. :)

L said...

I would love to win this for my niece. Now that she's out of school for the summer, she will want projects to keep busy. She has a younger sister that would like this, too!

Isabella Castrillon said...

I have a really creative little who would love this.

kerismommy said...

My daughter would love this

fresh modern said...

I'd like this for the kid in me!!

Christine Sutor

jayedee said...

i love love love encouraging the artist in our littles. unfortunately, i run low on creativity, at times. this book may well help me out with that dilemma!

Kristina Whitaker said...

Would love to win this book! Just finished rainforest themed VBS and was going to do a rainforest unit study this summer. Thanks!

pennelope merriweather said...

Would love to win this because this is what my grandaughter enjoys doing most...She's not really into sports but really enjoys these kinds of activities! Thanks for this giveaway, great idea!

degood said...

I want to win because I think my daughter would enjoy this book.

Robin Blankenship said...

Looks awesome

Anne D. said...

I would love to win it because it looks like a great book to give to my niece:)
annejk112233 at yahoo dot com

Naomie B said...

My kids would enjoy this book

Sindy Murray said...

I believe my daughter will enjoy this book.

Noelle said...

We homeschool, so this would be great for art time.

GeorgiaBeckman said...

I would like to win this book to share with our grandchildren. They are always drawing, painting, coloring. They love art!

Danielle Lima said...

my daughter is a budding artist

Audrey Griffis said...

summer is the perfect time to explore here in Nh my daughter would love this

Lisa P. said...

I'd like to win it for my grandson.

Emi Pearce said...

I would like to win this because my daughters are so creative and artistic(like my father) but I am not.

Cassie said...

I have a daughter who is very interested in art. She would love it.

DonnaZ said...

such a cool giveaway

Nichole Bentley said...

My kids are really starting to take an interest in art : )