Beth is a freelance writer residing in Fishers, Indiana with a background in print journalism. Her full time job as a stay at home mom allows her to explore the beauty of art and life through her two young daughters' eyes—one finger painting at a time.
Color me happy! My daughters and I just love The Big Book of Color. Page by page we've taken a journey together through a rainbow of shades and concepts. With it's bold, vivid illustrations and super simple learning tools, we've been able to cover everything from the color wheel to complementary colors to the emotions tied to colors.
Let's start with a simple question: What is a stick figure? There's more to it than you think. Those fine lines and basic shapes are actually the "skeletons" of more complicated drawings. In fact, animators and cartoonists sketch stick figures first to get the look and feel of a character before adding more color, layers, and definition to make a sleek, 3-D image.
Happy New Year! We are ringing in 2015 with a series of giveaways to kick start your artistic resolutions. Have you decided to start the year by revving up your drawing skills? Scurry into some new drawing techniques with Drawing Forest Animals. We're even doing an Instagram giveaway for a copy of the book! To enter: head over to @walterfoster on Instagram, follow @walterfoster and tag a friend. Two lucky followers will be chosen on Monday, January 12th to win a copy of the book.
Many children are drawn to art right from the start. I can remember both of my daughters being in awe the first time their chubby hands gripped a crayon and made scribbles on a blank sheet of paper. There was wonderment in their eyes when the first bright drops of paint from their paintbrushes dripped onto an empty canvas. Making art can be a joyful, soothing, and adventurous experience for children of all ages.
Looking for a wonderful way to bond with your child and foster his or her creativity? Take a look at author Jennifer McCully's book ARTrageous. With more than 25 drawing, painting, and mixed media projects, you and your child are sure to make some fantastic memories (and artwork!) together. ARTrageous arrives in stores in January.
Creativity takes courage.
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