Friday, July 26, 2013

Gryphon House Global Art Book Review

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I enjoy doing arts and crafts but unfortunately, they don't always get done in our homeschool day. When I was chosen to review the Gryphon House book Global Art , we were super excited! This great resource combines Art, History and learning about the world around us in one great book. You can travel around the world without ever leaving your home. This book is designed for those children ages K-5th grade. It runs $16.95. 

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In this fabulous resource by MaryAnn Kohl and Jean Potter, you will find a world of fun activities, crafts, inventions and more from places all over the world. You can also expand on the art projects by using some of the books it lists for each world area. This award winning book is a great way to incorporate art, history and fun in your homeschool all at one time.

The book is easy to understand and know how involved each project is before you even start. There is a key code for each project that tells you how intensive it is, if it's good for beginners, what type of items you need and so much more. For me, that is one of my favorite parts of the book. I know from the get go if this is something my DS can do himself with instruction or if more is needed.

     " The fun, easy to do art activities in Global Art use collage, painting, drawing, printing, construction and sculpture to help children appreciate people and cultures from all over the world. "

One thing I really enjoyed about it was that we could choose an area we wanted to "visit" and spend as much or as little time there as we wanted. We chose Antarctica for our first visit. We requested a few of the books that were listed at the beginning of the chapter from the library to go along with our study. Once we had those books and went through them, we chose a project from the Global Art book to go along with it. You can easily tell how long they should take, how involved they are and if you should help or not with the nifty legend located at the top of each page. There are interesting facts called "Did You Know?" on each art project page as well.

You might find projects in your book like:

- Crystal Watercolor Snowflake
- White Sculpture
- Cylinder Seal
- Ironed Crayon Mosaics
- Quill Pen
And so much more!

If you are looking for a fun way to incorporate more art with some history into your school day, this is it. We really enjoyed working with this book and will do more projects as well. I think this could also be a great way to get a project for an art fair if you need it. We were planning one with our homeschool group so I'm sure we will be utilizing this wonderful resource. It can really add some fun and excitement to your homeschool week while also teaching great information about the world around us.

Be sure to click the link below and go see how others used these great books!


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