American Folk Art for Kids: With 21 Activities

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Chicago Review Press, Sep 1, 2004 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 128 pages
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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.

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There is a minor error in the text about Joseph Henry Collier (born 1845). Joseph Henry was the son of Joseph and Mary (Hepler) Collier of Halifax.
Joseph Henry married twice. His first wife Anna
Amanda (1852-1869) died 3 weeks after the birth of Anna Mary Collier (1869-1870). Mother and child are buried in Halifax.
Joseph married second to Rebecca (maiden surname unknown).
Joseph and Rebecca lived in Harrisurg. They had a daughter, Nora M., who was a dressmaker. The family hopes to someday locate Nora's descendants.
No one really cares about the error. The drawing is absolutely priceless and we (the family) beg the author's/publisher's indulgence & forgiveness that descendants have lifted it (the drawing) for inclusion in our family history.
Pam Collier
Durham, NC


Authors Note
1 The Origins of Folk Art
2 Folk Painting and Drawing
3 The Decorative Arts
4 Fabric Sewn and Stitched
5 Chiseled Carved and Hammered
6 Found Objects and Scraps
7 Public Folk Art
Folk Art Now
Museums with Folk Art Collections
Selected Bibliography

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Richard Panchyk is the author of Archaeology for Kids and the coauthor of Engineering the City. Both of his grandfathers and three of his great-uncles were soldiers in World War II. He lives on Long Island in New York.

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