Every day Pebble asks me, “Mummy, can we do art together?”. Every. Single. Day. The answer is usually yes, but lately with baby Rocky on the scene our art has been quite limited. If we do ‘art’ it’s this: Paper and pencils. Play dough. Water colours. These are all good options, but it’s very different to our pre-baby art explorations.
All that changed with the arrival of a lovely parcel on our door step. It was a very special book, Time to Create, written by my friend Christie from Childhood 101. I was so excited when it arrived and am only too delighted to have been asked to join in the Time to Create blog tour.
Disclosure: I purchased my own copy of Time to Create, and have been given one copy to giveaway to Octavia and Vicky readers. I was not paid to review Time to Create. All opinions are honest and are my own.
Time to Create is a visually beautiful, easy to read book. There are lots of ideas to choose from, using many kinds of art forms and media. There are ideas that Pebble and I have tried before, like painting, collage and drawing, and plenty of ideas that we haven’t done so much of, like sculpture, textiles and photography. The best thing is that all of these art experiences are so very doable. It is very easy to flip to a page, choose an experience and get started. I also love that each art exploration is hands-on and is all about the process of creating art, not just a finished product.
As well as many ideas for art experiences, the book provides information for adults on how children learn through art, and ideas for talking with children about their creativity. Each art process in clearly set out and easy to follow, and allows for literally hundreds of interpretations. Time to Create is an awesome launch pad for children’s artistic explorations.
Pebble and I have only just begun to explore the ideas in Time to Create. So far we have enjoyed creating with weaving, drawing natural objects from observation and making salt dough beads. Pebble has her eye on trying drip painting next and I’d love to do a photography experience with her. I also look forward to repeating our art experiences and extending on them further – perhaps weaving with natural materials or making salt dough mosaics. The options are endless! Here are some photos of our art explorations so far.
Time to Create: Hands On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children is now available internationally through all major online booksellers, including The Book Depository, Amazon, Fishpond and Barnes & Noble.
Want to know more about Time to Create? Keep an eye on the following blogs for upcoming stops along our international blog tour…
Picklebums . An Everyday Story . Learn With Play At Home . Octavia & Vicky . Sesame Ellis . Nurturestore . Simple Kids . Our Everyday Things . Rainbows Within Reach . Teach Preschool . At Home With Ali . Go Explore Nature . Not Just Cute . Lessons Learnt Journal . PreK+K Sharing . The Imagination Tree
Time For a Giveaway!
Thank you very much to Christie for offering one copy of Time to Create to one lucky Octavia and Vicky reader. To enter the giveaway please answer this question in the comments: What was your favourite art form to explore with when you were a child?
Giveaway closes 11:59pm (AEST) on Sunday, 30 June 2013. The winner will be announced on Monday, 1 July 2013. International entries welcome :)