If you’re familiar with Herve Tullet’s books, you’ll know he’s all about free expression and interactivity in art. Art Workshops for Children applies that philosophy to group art projects and provides lots of ideas based on Tullet’s own art sessions, done around the world and in live art sessions. According to Tullet, “art is a means and not an end. My workshops are based around getting children to…create freely.”
You’ll find these are workshops that may be done with many, or only a few, children. Each workshop description includes information on getting ready, conducting the workshop and suggestions for variations. Most of the projects require only paint and paper. Colorful photos serve as the background for the white blocks of text, so the book design is as appealing as the art projects.
One of the projects, The Magic Dice, asks children to draw a monster based on the roll of a dice. Throw a number 4, and that’s how many eyes children draw. Throw a two and that’s how many mouths children draw. Tullet suggests having the children swap papers after each throw of the dice.
With plenty of variations and encouragement to simply enjoy and embrace the process of art, hopefully this book will inspire you and your children to get messy and make some art!