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Monday 11 January 2021

Review: Be An Artist Every Day

It's early in a new year, and if you're looking for something to do, something to encourage yourself or your children to explore creativity and imagination, then look no further.

Be An Artist Every Day has a whole year's worth of activities to keep you occupied, and help develop the artist within.

It's appealing right from the front cover and endpapers. 

An introduction reminds you that being an artist is about having fun, and that there is no right or wrong in creating art.

There are 365 activities in this compact paperback activity book. They're created by Susan Schwake who is an artist and art educator and Charlotte Farmer who is an illustrator.

Drawing and collage. Patterns and doodles. Word art. Faces. Nature. Food. Abstract art. It's all here, and lots more.

Some of the activities are expected. Others, not so much. There's one that asks you to imagine 'What if cats went to school?' and then draw them!

You'll design your own car on one page, and on another design a book cover. Imagine and illustrate a new planet.

Try drawing different textures, or connecting dots to create a picture. 

Other activities might ask you to write something and then decorate it, or make a tiny model of a human.

Not all the activities stay just within the bounds of the book (one will ask you to go outside and find a leaf to draw), but all will be recorded in it.

By the time you finish all 365 of the art activities, you will have a colourful and creative journal.

Although the activities are all numbered, and you can start from one and work your way through in order, you could also dip in and out of them freely as you feel like it.

Be An Artist Every Day will inspire and encourage artists of varied ages and experiences. It's a journey you can take without leaving home, and one the whole family could enjoy together.

Title: Be An Artist Every Day
Author: Susan Schwake
Illustrator: Charlotte Farmer
Publisher: Ivy Kids, $ 19.99
Publication Date: 2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781782408321
For ages: 8+
Type: Activity Book