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When I saw these books, which are directed at elementary-aged kids and provide them with lots of techniques and ideas for specific mediums, I was pretty excited. Although all of the books introduce their subject well, the strongest titles are Painting, Drawing and Sketching, and Stencils and Prints. In Painting, kids are given a quick overview of painting supplies and basic instruction in colors (the color wheel, complementary colors, etc.) before looking at special paint effects, using different objects to make interesting patterns, playing around with abstract art, painting patterns, exploring watercolor effects, making splatter art, and using a grid to make a larger picture from a smaller one. Drawing and Sketching briefly visits color and shading before offering instruction on how to draw people, portraits, pets, landscapes, nature, and using a grid. Stencils and Printing offers tons of ideas on objects to try with printing, as well as how to marble paper and different methods you can use in stenciling. Simple projects are interspersed throughout the books, with step-by-step instruction and full-color photos of kids doing the projects. Each book has abundant full-color photos, a glossary, an index, and notes for parents/teachers. 32 pgs. - Jess

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Mixed Media (Art Smart) Item #: 041046
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Drawing and Sketching (Art Smart) Item #: 041045
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Painting (Art Smart) Item #: 041047
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