Fifty-one historical and contemporary artworks from Te Papa's collection feature inside the A4 size, 160 page activity book for children. Fifteen of the pictures were gifted especially for the book. Biographies for the artists feature on the left hand side of the page, and artwork and an art activity on the right page. On some pages there is an explanation about the art.
Young artists will find a diverse range of art activities (over 100!) including colouring-in pictures, pressing flowers, drawing sound pictures, creating patterns, drawing from the imagination, writing stories, connect dots, making paper crafts, drawing grid pictures, drawing or painting multi-media pictures, taking photographs, and solving art mysteries.
A must-have book for creative kids to use over school holidays. Teachers might want to use some of the activities in their art lessons, too.
Author and developer of The New Zealand Art Activity Book Helen Lloyd, Gallery Educator at City Gallery Wellington, wrote the book in consultation with Sarah Farrar, Senior Curator Art at Te Papa. Helen is a qualified art teacher with a visual art and art history degree and a Master's in museum and gallery education. She has 20 years' experience of teaching art to children of all ages in schools, museums and galleries in the United Kingdom, Russia and New Zealand. She is the author of the first New Zealand Art Activity Book and many online art resources. .
Praise for the previous edition: 'I long to buy this book for just about every child I know.' Kate De Goldi, Radio NZ
'There are ideas to truly stretch your creative muscles, and I'd be inclined not to just leave it for the kids - I couldn't resist it!' Crissy Blair, Herald on Sunday
'A veritable Pandora's box of drawing activities for children of all ages.' Art News
'This book would instil creativity in a child at home or in a classroom ... Teachers would find this to be a fantastic resource to have sitting on their bookshelves because the activities could be used to explore a range of curriculum areas such as English, mathematics, visual art and drama.' Taranaki Daily News
'Unlike other generic art activity books, this one gives you (and your child) something worth its weight in gold: a concise visual history of Maori made art, modernist and post-modernist art of Aotearoa, New Zealand.' Leafa Wilson, Waikato Times