" Some really great ideas in here! " Audrey Albright said.
" Really inspiring and great ideas in this book. I'd love to try some of them with kids at my Library programs or at Art Walk. " Krista said.
" So incredibly creative. Unlike anything I've ever seen! A must for teachers, camps, retreats... Anyone! " Jenny said.
"This book is amazing! As an art practitioner working with early years it is nice to finally find a book about 'art workshops' where the workshops are not directed toward a sole goal, i.e. make a dog mask out of a paper plate. Tullet's workshops are free flowing, limitlessness and the children get completely lost in the process of making the mark opposed to the finish product. Tullet's Field of Flowers workshop seems to be the most popular and we have also adapted this to create oceans and forests. The workshops are completely adaptable and Tullet encourages you to do so.
Sometimes I do change these workshops to be less instruction based. Tullet likes to create a lot of energy through fast flowing instructions which does work great in some settings, however sometimes I like workshops to be a lot calmer and therefore I take the overall theme of his workshop such as creating a field of flowers, roll out some large paper, paint some flowers myself and allow the children's imagination to go wild for an hour or so on the paper. It's personal preference.
Tullet's book is an absolute pleasure to read and the scale of his art workshops are inspiring." Megan Humphries said.
" This book is amazing! It works on so many levels and you can always change up his instructions to work for any size group you have. I love how open ended most of the activities are, allowing the children to really get creative. I can't wait to try these out for our monthly adventure club at the library! " Faith Swick said.
""Remember, creative energy is greater than creative control." In this instruction book for art educators, Herve Tullet (most famously of Press Here) discusses his methods for leading group art projects with children. These projects hinge on the direction of the Leader (scripts are included in each of the 12 workshop examples).
His emphases on process over product, getting messy, and working freely are a refreshing antidote to more closed-ended art that kids quickly see as "good" or "bad." I appreciated his tips on only filling paint pots 1/3 full (be ready to refill), keeping brushes matched with colors, utilizing music to enhance the group energy, and using some kind of megaphone to address the group. Tullet also includes variations on each project, and ideas for scaling them to small spaces and limited supplies.
"Above all, these activities shake up traditional ideas about a picture being 'well drawn.' By validating the splotch and the scribble, Tullet challenges the age-old notion that it takes a particular talent to produce art, he demonstrates that creativity evolves from our way of looking." -Sophie Van der Linden" Rebecca said.
" I want to do every single one of these both at the library and at home - so fun! " Susan said.
" Just saw this gorgeous book and I really want to try to create a library program using it, BUT I can't imagine us letting kids have paint in the library because of the mess. I will look into tweaking the materials but keeping the spirit of the workshop alive. " orangerful said.