Book Review and Giveaway: Art lab for Kids

Art Lab for Kids - Giveaway

Today I wanted to share Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages by Susan Schwake. I bought this book over a month ago and my guys love it, especially my 8 year old.

He was so excited to get it and look through it, that he placed little tab markers on all the projects he wanted to try first.

Art Lab for Kids

He’s been busy making art. We’ve done 2-3 project per week so far. He is very good at keeping up on a mission, if he loves it enough, and he plans to get through as many projects as he can. Below is some string art he did.

Art Lab for Kids

He also did some oil pastel/watercolor art below(left) and watercolors with salt (right). He’s done several other project too.

art by I-guy age 8

He gives this book 2 thumbs up, but I love it because it got him so interested and excited about making art. The book has simple, yet wonderful ideas in an easy to follow format, perfect for kiddos of any age. Each project has great visual and written instructions. We are very much looking forward to Susan’s next book: 3D Art Lab for Kids which comes out in October and Art Lab for Little Kids, which is out now!

Quarry books was very kind to send me 2 copies of this fabulous book to giveaway!  Please leave a comment and I will pick two winners on Friday. Good Luck!

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46 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Art lab for Kids

  1. angella says:

    I love your son’s art. thanks for sharing. the book looks awesome – what a great give-away!

  2. Anne says:

    Not only is this a good book for kids, it’s full of great ideas for adults who aren’t confident with the idea of creating art. I’ve had it out from the library, and would love to own a copy myself.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Maria says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! It looks like something my nephews would enjoy.

  4. Lisa Barker says:

    Looks like the perfect book for summer fun! Thanks for sharing your creativity…LOVE your blog!

  5. Jaime barks says:

    Oh, my boys would love this book!

  6. Olivia says:

    Wow! I’ve had this book on my wish list at Amazon forever! Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. Mette says:

    It looks like a wonderful book for my daughter and me. Crossing everything ????

  8. Samantha says:

    Looks like an awesome book! My kids are still a bit young, but we’re always looking for good inspiration!

  9. This looks fabulous – I’d love a copy for my kids. Please enter me into your draw – thanks

  10. Anne in NC says:

    I’ve taken this out of the library a bunch of times — it’s fantastic. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of my own — please pick me!! 😀

  11. Amy Frye says:

    I absolutely love this book. I love sharing the ideas in this book with my kids so we can explore our creativity. My kids love painting as much as I do. We find it so relaxing. I would be over the moon happy if we were chose to win a copy. We have our craft supplies on standby. 🙂

  12. Regina says:

    My 8 year old is finding his muse – and I am all for encouraging it. This book looks WONDERFUL!

  13. K Hutchinson says:

    Oh my heavens my boys would love this book! It looks so great! I am homeschooling this summer and this would be perfect!

  14. Shannon says:

    This looks like a great gift for my 5 year old nephew, who is already hard to buy for.

  15. Tina Lynch says:

    Love it, looks like fun with the kids!

  16. Corien says:

    I would love to try the projects in this book with my two sons.
    It will be great fun, I’m sure!

  17. Jessica McKean says:

    This book sounds awesome! I’d love to win one.


  18. Really book looks very nice & fun loving.

  19. My 7 and 5 year old boys would love this! Thank you for the chance to win.

  20. Bridget says:

    This book looks great! My daughter does not have an art program at school so I was thinking of using the summer to have our very own “at home art camp”. This book looks like it has lots of inspirational ideas perfect for us to explore and create. I may just have to pick one up. Thanks for letting us know about it!

  21. Tina H in N.C. says:

    This looks WONDERFUL. Just in time for those summer days …. a great way to respond to “Mom, I’m bored.” Hope you pick me. 🙂

  22. So excited that you are willing to share some sources and lessons that have worked for your family! I have an art studio and I’m always looking for new lesson ideas for Mini Van Goghs. I too like to test out my favorites with my son! It’s become such a great way to spend time together. Even if you choose someone else’s comment, thank you for sharing!

  23. Kids art is the Best, you son’s is delightful. I’so love doing art with my 5 year old grandson. Would love a chance to win! Enjoyed seeing your son’s art work, thanks for sharing with us all.

  24. Tara says:

    This would be fantastic to have for my classroom! What a great giveaway!!! Thanks for posting.

  25. Kim Hine says:

    My 11 yr old would love this, he’s just discovering the joys of art!

  26. Tracy M says:

    The book looks like fun!! My daughter would love it 🙂

  27. Kathy Zwahl says:

    This looks like a wonderful book. Thanks for giving us an opportunity to win it.

  28. Awwhh… he did such great work. The book looks awesome. Thanks for the chance to win it. I know my kids would love it. xoxo

  29. My granddaughter who is age 7 is just getting the artist bug bcuz she looked at a doodle book of mine and she would go bonkers if she won this book!!!

  30. Barb says:

    What a great giveaway!

  31. nicole watson says:

    this is awesome! i’m teaching a homeschool art class next year and this book looks like it would work wonderfully into what i’d like to teach! even if my name is not a winner… i think i’m going to need this book! thanks for the review!!

  32. Heather says:

    My daughter and I would love to try the activities in the book. Thanks for the opportunity and also for all of the inspiration you share on the blog.

  33. Melanie says:

    Your son is an artist already. I love to frame the art my kids make and hang them on the wall. It would be so lovely to get a copy of this kids art book. I think it wil be nice to do the projects together with them.
    Liefs, Melanie

  34. Becky says:

    Like you, I have an 8-year-old son who loves art and handwork! Thanks for the chance to win. I look forward to the release of the 3D art book as well, as he has been into origami and paper airplanes lately. (I also have a four year old daughter and 5-month-old twin boys.)

  35. Amy O'H. says:

    You have a creative guy there following in his mom’s footsteps! Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. elsa says:

    I sure could use a book like this ~ I want so much to do this kind of art and really do lack the confidence that I can do it.
    Love the art your son is creating!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  37. Jeannie says:

    Looks like a great book for experimentation. thanks for opportunity to win.

  38. Teri says:

    Awesome!!! Love seeing my daughter light up when she is in her creative process. She is almost five and has never had any interest in coloring books… always her own creations with TONS of color!! Watercolors, acrylics, markers and occasionally crayons… loves them all. This book likes it offers all kinds of new ways to enjoy and express! Super cool! 🙂

  39. Love the look of the book…my four love to make art experiments of themselves thanks to markers and glitter! 🙂

  40. Amanda says:

    Looks like my daughter would be all over this and my son, would quietly work away at it.
    thanks for sharing

  41. says:

    My niece and nephew could do this with their favorite Auntie!

  42. Jenn says:

    How exciting! My daughter would love this and I would love to do it with her! 🙂

  43. Thea Whalley says:


  44. kristen says:

    love this book! i have picked it up from the library but, it would be great to own it!!! thanks for the giveaway.

  45. corinne says:

    Fun post and I love your work! Thanks for the chance to win! xoxo

  46. Kimberly Kalil says:

    I alway love a good art book, especially ones for my kids. Both my kiddos would love this. Thanks for the chance to win.

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