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Nature's Art Box

Workman Publishing / 2003 / Paperback

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A Parents Choice Approved Award Winner, it's not hard to see why this book was chosen for the honor. Carefully enlightening text, delicate illustrations of nature and finished crafts, easily comprehensible instructions, and a sweet love for the earth's natural beauty make this an enjoyable craft book like none other. Sections are based upon materials used, including vines and twigs, gourds and husks, clay and sand, paints, flowers and more. A full-page illustration accompanies each of the 65 crafts, and simple pen-and-ink drawings often accompany the step-by-step instructions and material list as well. For each section, and often many of the individual crafts, Nature's Art Box addresses elements of the environment, and how mankind has used nature as a source of artistic inspiration and use throughout our long history. Conservationism is addressed, including explanations on why living bark should never be stripped or the ground cleared of all nuts, instead advocating a responsibility for the earth and her bounty. 215 pages, softcover.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 215
Vendor: Workman Publishing
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 10.75 X 8.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1580174906
ISBN-13: 9781580174909
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 6-12

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Publisher's Description

Take your child’s creativity outside! Laura C. Martin offers 65 art projects that kids can make with materials found right in their backyard. There’s no limit to the imaginative possibilities as children mix paints from colorful flower blossoms, dig clay for molding elf-sized furniture, and craft functional twig baskets. Cultivating a respectful engagement with nature while developing artistic skills, Nature’s Art Box is an inspiring handbook for the next generation of expressive and conscientious stewards of the earth’s resources.

Author Bio

Laura C. Martin has been writing about nature, crafts, and gardening for 25 years. She has served as garden editor for Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles and Georgia magazines. She is the author of 18 books, most recently The Art and Craft of Pounding Flowers, which was featured on the Discovery Channel. Her lectures and workshops on crafts and gardening delight audiences across the United States.

Editorial Reviews

“…if you want to use nature to nurture your child’s creativity, then “Art Box” provides hours of activities.” – New York Daily News

 

"...you'll learn a little about conservation and a lot about art basics..." – Dallas Morning News

 

Run right out and get Nature’s Art Box…this is a fun book that will get kids outdoors…” – San Diego Union Tribune

 

"Nature's Art Box takes nature crafts to a more creative level." – Knight Ridder

 

“The beauty of Nature’s Art Box is that it entertains as well as educates. “ – Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

 

“Youngsters will see nature through the eyes of an artist and learn how to be stewards of the Earth.” – Indianapolis Star

 

“…the author encourages kids to see artistic potential in a handful of twigs, pinecones and more.” – Publishers Weekly

 

"The projects display a respect for nature and art, and a simple, subtle beauty...Martin's unusual volume will be a great resource for crafters of all ages and abilities." – School Library Journal

 

“…the book emphasizes seeing the world as an artist’s palate, there are also lessons on being kind to nature and how to collect items.” – St. Paul Pioneer Press

 

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 27, 2005
    Celia Sorensen
    A wonderful book for those of us who lack creativity, but have nature loving children. It would make a good book for Charlotte Mason homeschool families. Some of the projects are Hammering, flower headband, ornaments, bean mosaic, bark and moss house, and stick animals. **One note to Christians...it does have a few projects like "Magic Wands" and "Amulet Bag" and on other projects, describes the uses of religious objects of primative cultures. Overall a good book, though, and we are choosing to just ignore the pagan portions (I would estimate a total of 5% of the book).
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