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I am an expert in anything about art for children, but not crafts. I have written over ten books of art ideas for kids, using materials found commonly in most homes. I like easy ideas! MaryAnn F. Kohl, author

Experience in the area

began writing in 1985 after teaching elementary aged kids for ten years




Parenting, Fisher-Price, Donna's Day, Scholastic, others


I've been writing and teaching and publishing and giving workshops and trainings and and and for 25 years non-stop.

What do you like about this subject?

I've never met a child who didn't love to freely explore with art materials.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to write a truly classic children's picture book one day. I'm proud of the 20 books on art that I have already written. These can be seen at my website, also, lots of free sample art projects from the books are there.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

It's easy!

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Research shows that kids who draw frequently, simply with pencil and blank paper, do better in all subjects in school than kids who do not draw.

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Kelly03/16/15101010Perfect! Thanks so much MaryAnn! I will .....
Suzie01/24/14101010Thsnk you so much. I just started .....
Briana07/31/13101010Wow MaryAnn, I thank you entirely! You .....
Shannen12/08/12101010Thanks MaryAnn! I love the cotton ball .....
Nicky07/26/11101010Thanks for the lovely ideas. I loved .....

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2015-03-16 Art quote for article:

Here are a few:    Art may seem like fun and games -- and it is! however, children are actually learning by exploring art activities. Children gain useful life skills through art, so encourage them to

2015-03-16 Art quote for article:

I have a number of articles on my website, and also on the Gryphon House website. You are welcome to use them if they help.    Try this -- and go from there.       The first link has five articles for

2014-01-24 tempera paint and coloring (called :crayon etching: ):

That's the project!! Plain and simple!!    I think the ratio must be on the internet. When I've done it, I just squirt some dish soap into the paint and water, without measuring, and never had a problem

2013-07-30 face painting!:

Hi, Briana.     You can make your own facepaint if you like, or you can buy it. I believe Michaels has facepaint, but making your own is so easy!! Here are the steps:      Homemade Face Paint Ingredients

2012-12-04 Process art for 12 months thru 18 months:

Hi, Shannen. You are working with VERY young children, which means they are still exploring by mouth and with limited attention spans. What I'm hoping is that you accept that you will not have a finished


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