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Everything you need to teach basic concepts and techniques while nurturing creativity through experimentation, reflection, and exploration.

 
Rules for Making Artists Poster
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Rules for Making Artists Poster

By Melissa Purtee

In her new book, Making Artists, co-authored with Ian Sands, Melissa Purtee lays out her method for teaching students with a range of abilities how to work as independent artists. Created as a companion to that book, this poster is the perfect piece to adorn your walls and show your students that art opens a world of opportunity for them!

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SchoolArts Collection: Early Childhood
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SchoolArts Collection: Early Childhood

By SchoolArts magazine

Discover diverse lessons based on theoretic foundations common to the Reggio Emilia approach and Choice-based and Play-based Art Education. Developed and taught by art teachers from around the country, these lessons reflect child-centered approaches to art education for young students that illustrate an exploratory approach to encountering artist’s tools, materials, and ways of working with an emphasis on discovery and creativity. 137 pages, softcover

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SchoolArts Collection: STEAM
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SchoolArts Collection: STEAM

By SchoolArts magazine

Guide student inquiry and build critical thinking skills with STEAM—the meaningful integration of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. The second title in our SchoolArts Collection will showcase our favorite STEAM lessons created by experienced art teachers for SchoolArts magazine. Students participate in engaging experiences to develop 21st century skills such as creativity and imagination, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration. 139 pages, softcover

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Adaptive Art: Deconstructing Disability in the Art Classroom
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Adaptive Art: Deconstructing Disability in the Art Classroom

By Bette Naughton

A collection of tools and strategies to help art educators create adaptations for students with disabilities by capitalizing on their abilities. This practical resource will enable educators to engage all students in a meaningful creative process of self-expression. Discover a variety of instructional methods to adapt art activities, media, tools, and techniques to meet the needs of students with a wide range of challenges. 146 pages, softcover

Check out the webinar on Adaptive Art with author Bette Naughton.

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Beautiful Stuff: Learning with Found Materials
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Beautiful Stuff: Learning with Found Materials

By Cathy Weisman Topal and Lella Gandini

Inspired by educational practices in Reggio Emilia, Italy, this book focuses on process rather than product. Chapters cover collecting and organizing materials, stimulating thoughts about design, reflecting upon and extending work, and more. Several sorting and categorizing activities are presented, along with individual and group projects and constructions. ISBN: 978-08719-2388-2, 105 pages, softcover, grades PreK–2

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Beautiful Stuff from Nature: More Learning with Found Materials
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Beautiful Stuff from Nature: More Learning with Found Materials

Edited by Cathy Weisman Topal and Lella Gandini

Beautiful Stuff from Nature illustrates unique stories from teachers across North America who were challenged to explore their outdoor spaces with children to see where their interests lead. In these pages, you’ll encounter ordinary experiences made extraordinary through the teacher’s documentation and discover ideas for using natural materials to enrich your classroom, engage your students, and build on initial explorations. ISBN: 978-16152-8678-2, 127 pages, softcover, grades PreK–5

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The Hundred Languages in Ministories: Told by Teachers and Children from Reggio Emilia
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The Hundred Languages in Ministories: Told by Teachers and Children from Reggio Emilia

Forward by Carla Rinaldi. Introduction by Amelia Gambetti and Lella Gandini. Translated by Lella Gandini and Leslie Morrow.

In The Hundred Languages in Ministories, we can finally observe the timeless, extraordinary stories first seen in the Italian edition of The Hundred Languages of Children, as Loris Malaguzzi originally intended.

These ministories offer messages of a positive culture of childhood. Educators can observe how an interactive education prepares children to become active participants in their learning in the 21st century. We can also observe the attentiveness and competency of teachers as they construct meaningful experiences with the children. Children are the inquirers, supported by the teachers with time, space and many engaging materials. ISBN: 978-16152-8404-7, 102 pages, softcover, grades PreK–5

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Children and Painting
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Children and Painting

By Cathy Weisman Topal

Various strategies are presented for teaching the basic painting concepts and techniques, from an elements and principles orientation to thematic approaches. This valuable teachers tool overcomes your difficulties in exposing children to the wonders of painting. ISBN: 978-08719-2241-0, 168 pages, hardcover, grades PreK–5

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Documenting Children’s Meaning
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Documenting Children’s Meaning

By Jason Avery, Karyn Callaghan, and Carol Anne Wien. Forward by Lella Gandini.

The amazing and complex work of children’s minds is made visible in this groundbreaking new book from Together for Families in Hamilton, Ontario. Inspired by the world-renowned Infant/Toddler and Preschool centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy, artist Jason Avery and his colleagues use photography, recording of children’s words and drawings, and reflective commentary to document the investigations and emergent concepts taking place in this urban drop-in center serving children and families from infancy onward. ISBN: 978-16152-8427-6, 190 pages, softcover, grades PreK–5

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Insights and Inspirations from Reggio Emilia - Elementary
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Insights and Inspirations from Reggio Emilia - Elementary

Edited by Lella Gandini, Susan Etheredge, and Lynn Hill

Insights and Inspirations from Reggio Emilia captures and celebrates 30 years of the Reggio Emilia innovative presence and inspiration in North American early childhood educational thought and practice.

It is a narrative in word and image, representing the voices of teachers, scholars, and policy makers whose professional philosophies and practices have been changed by their encounters with the philosophy and practices of Reggio.

These signs of gratitude honor first and foremost the legacy of Loris Malaguzzi, who developed and constructed with collaborators and teachers what is now known around the world as the Reggio Emilia approach.

These signs honor as well his colleagues who are continuing to develop his philosophy using novel avenues fully in harmony with his dynamic view of exploring new ways and new sources of learning and relationship. ISBN: 978-08719-2894-8, 224 pages, softcover, grades PreK–5

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Thinking with a Line
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Thinking with a Line

By Cathy Weisman Topal

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and by the work of Friedrich Froebel, this teacher’s guide offers strategies for teaching basic printmaking.

Teachers and students of all ages delight in discovering that with a little piece of cardboard and some paint they can print a multitude of linear structures—shapes, letters, alphabets, signs & posters, patterns, designs, buildings and architectural forms, skeletons, machines, and more… This innovative approach provides an effective and developmentally appropriate approach for increasing visual learning, motor skills, language development, and critical thinking using the basic art element, line. ISBN: 978-08719-2714-9, 80 pages, softcover, grades PreK–6

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Teaching Children to Draw
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Teaching Children to Draw

By Marjorie and Brent Wilson

Teaching Children to Draw, Marjorie and Brent Wilson’s classic guide for teachers and parents, has been expanded and updated. The new version details the artworks children make as three types:

  1. Drawing on their own—where their drawings are influenced by other children and popular visual culture,
  2. Teacher-initiated playful and game-like drawing activities,
  3. Adults and children drawing together to create new visual worlds.

This book suggests what adults can do and say to help children go beyond where they would on their own including:

  • Expanding their graphic development in playful ways.
  • Self-discovery through the use of narrative drawings about themselves, their worlds, and thinking creatively about their futures.
  • Observation of how the three types of drawing influence each other.

ISBN: 978-16152-8005-6, 186 pages, softcover, grades K–8

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