I need to be upfront and tell you that Christie from Childhood101 and I aren’t just blogging colleagues – we’re friends.* And when I say I like her ebook – I mean I love it. So much so that I contributed a few photos, helped with editing and I am a proud affiliate. (That means if you purchase the ebook because I said it’s awesome, I get a percentage of the profits too.)
What is it?
ART not Craft is a downloadable, 53 page ebook in a pdf format. Instead of buying a paper-and-cover book, you purchase an ebook and either print it out, or read it on the screen. It is in full colour and contains lots of great photos of young children in action with a variety of mediums.
How much is it?
Using an e-format keeps overheads low, so you can purchase it for $15.95 (and you get a bonus gift). If you could book an early childhood consultant to sit down over coffee while you pick her brain about all-things-art, it would cost a fortune! This book is kind of like that. Oh, except Christie is totally a tea drinker…
What’s in it?
Loads of information on why we approach art in the early years the way we do, and great ideas for you to try. ART not Craft is broken into sections on drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture. Christie gives suggestions throughout for learning, doing, seeing, and talking with your child as you go. It is a resource you will go back to many times.
Who should buy it?
If you have ever given your child a blob of playdough, or put a paintbrush into their hand and thought, “Now what…?!” – this is a book for you! Many parents want to be creative with their kids, and want to provide creative learning opportunities, but just don’t know where to start. It’s also a great resource for anyone working with under fives.
When asked to comment on the book, here’s what I had to say:
“Children are inherently creative, and are capable of doing so much more than merely copying simple crafts. In this ebook Christie opens up a world of possibilities for you to explore with your child, or with a whole class of young children. I highly recommend Art Not Craft to parents and educators who are looking to provide rich, creative and artistic opportunities for the children in their care.”
BONUS! Purchase Art Not Craft: The Process of Learning Creatively and you will receive ‘A Wish For All Children’ poster as a downloadable, easy to print A4 PDF. Hang it in your home to inspire and remind you of the importance of children making art.
*Yes, she lives in Perth and I’m in Brisbane. We share virtual cuppas. And yes we squealed like teenage girls when we got to meet in Sydney and be roomies for the Australian Blogging Conference…