Art for the Heart: Creative Art Expression for You and Your Friends

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Maple Tree Press, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
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Art for the Heart is a Girl Zone book. Featuring girls' own voices in Girl Talk sidebars, the Girl Zone series is a joyful, empowering and diverse collection of books that explore topics of interest and importance to girls and young women ages 9 to 12.

When you imagine an artist, what do you see? Do you picture Picasso, Van Gogh or...yourself? Art Therapist Mary Wallace shows how anyone can be an artist. Through a series of projects, girls will explore and celebrate one of the most incredible creations in the universe -- themselves!

Art activities include:

  • Art Journal. Make a unique visual journal to hold all of your artistic ideas.
  • My Studio. Use your imagination to create your own art studio: the perfect place for you to relax, think, dream, and create.
  • A Quilt of Me. Create an abstract self-portrait with a quilt-style collage.
  • Friendship Necklace. Celebrate friendship with this beautiful beaded necklace.
  • Mandala. Get in touch with your spiritual side through the ancient art of the circle.
  • Spiral Weaving. Express your positive energies in a colorful spiral design.
  • Illuminated Manuscript. Decorate stories and poems using this medieval technique.

Mary's clear writing, helpful tips, and carefully chosen activities are designed for any skill level. Comments from girls create a "chat room" feel, and colorful sidebars give additional information about art throughout the ages and from around the world.

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About the author (2002)

Award-winning artist and art therapist Mary Wallace spent almost twenty years teaching arts and crafts at the Haliburton School of Fine Arts. She is currently an art teacher in St. Thomas, Ontario, also giving courses in art education. Mary's other books include the Parent's Choice Award winning I Can Make craft series, and the multi-award-winning The Inuksuk Book and Make Your Own Inuksuk, also published by Owl Books.

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