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"Susan Schwake's Art Lab for Kids is a well-thought-out guide, making it easy to introduce art into children's lives.
Simple, clear explanations of technique, combined with inspiration from established artists, will enable children to
feel successful and encouraged to explore art as a form of expression."
- Rebecca Emberley, best-selling children's book author and illustrator
"Written by a couple who run a successful combination art gallery and art school for children, this book presents the
authors’ most popular art projects for youngsters, covering an ambitious range of materials and techniques. This guide
offers a greater-than-average number of open-ended and inventive projects that can be taught to younger children and
teens alike. Each project is paired with an example of a work by a modern master or living artist. Many photographs
illustrate techniques and show children deeply engaged in creativity. VERDICT: Recommended particularly for teachers and
- Library Journal"I love Susan's Art Lab series and reference them in the Art Studio often. They're easy to follow, full
of images, and directed at open-ended exploration - exactly the kind of reference I need for my own busy home."
- Meghan Burch, Art Studio Educator, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
"Art Lab for Kids will make a valuable contribution to the literature of children's creative art experiences for
teachers and others who believe in the value of art in the education of all children. The activities are adaptable to
learners of all levels and are highly creative and challenging while balancing the artistic process with the potential
for a meaningful product. This book will be an important addition to our program in art teacher education."
- Bill Haust, Chairman, Department of Art Education, Plymouth State University
About the Author
Susan Schwake is an artist, art educator, and curator. Her passion for teaching art has led her to working in diverse
settings for over 20 years. She has inspired thousands of people in private and public schools, museums, community
organizations, special needs agencies, summer camps, intergenerational facilities, libraries, and her own art school,
artstream in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, which she co-owns with her husband, Rainer. Most recently she has taken her
classroom online with a series of e-courses for artists, including a parent-child class based on her best-selling Art
Lab for Kids series of books. She is also curator of artstream studios, where she has brought over 100 group shows of
contemporary art to her corner of New England.
Susan is the author of Art Lab for Kids (Quarry Books, 2012), Art Lab for Little Kids (Quarry Books, 2013), and 3D Art
Lab for Kids (Quarry Books, 2013). Her latest book, Art Lab for Kids: Express Yourself (Quarry Books, November 2018) is
an all-new edition of her first book, Art Lab for Kids, with 52 original projects that encourage self-expression through
Follow her adventures.
Rainer Schwake is a versatile and talented media designer holding a master's degree in graphic design. His photography
has been used in hundreds of business- and arts-related design works for print and websites. He is co-owner of artstream
studios (www.artstreamstudios.com) and lives with his wife, Susan, in Rochester, New Hampshire.