Tag Archive: art

The Best Present You Can Give: A Guest Post by Aaron Becker

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We here at Mackin have been thinking a lot about makerspaces, creativity, and hands-on education in schools and libraries recently, so we are especially delighted with this guest post from Aaron Becker, creator… Continue reading

Exploring Art with Children: A Guest Post by Hervé Tullet

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Hervé Tullet is the author of many innovative picture books.  You probably know him for the best-selling book Press Here, an interactive concept book that is about the power of imagination, or perhaps… Continue reading

Henri Matisse

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This summer I had the opportunity to see a Henri Matisse exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts that combined their collection of his work along with a circulating exhibit from the Baltimore… Continue reading

Review: The Scraps Book

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The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert. 9781442435711. March 2014. Gr. 1-4 I’ve already confessed my particular affinity for memoirs, and what could be better than a memoir that… Continue reading

Art Through the Ages (i.e. kids’ ages!)

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Good art history and art appreciation books for kids are not so easy to find. There are tons of series books on creating art (drawing, painting, crafts, etc.) and a good number of… Continue reading

Classroom Picks

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A few years ago, I had the opportunity to volunteer as a classroom aide in a small private school here in the Twin Cities, and I often find myself paying special attention to… Continue reading

Review: Sneaky Art

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Sneaky Art: Crafty Surprises to Hide in Plain Sight by Marthe Jocelyn. 2013. 9780763656485. Gr. 3-6 Do you like surprises?  Or gently subversive art?  If yes, Sneaky Art is for you.  What is… Continue reading

Bringing the Arts Alive

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I think science is fascinating, but, to be honest, my heart is in the arts.  I live for poetry and music, and perhaps some of your students feel the same.  Or maybe they… Continue reading

Book Review: Okay For Now

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Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt. 2011. Gary Schmidt’s newest stand-alone novel, Okay For Now, is a companion to his Newbery Honor winner, The Wednesday Wars, and the protagonist in the new… Continue reading