Be An Artist Every Day by Susan Schwake

Title: Be An Artist Every Day
Author: Susan Schwake
Illustrator: Charlotte Farmer
Published: July 2020
Publisher: Ivy Kids
Readership: Kids/All Ages
Genre: Art
Rating: ★★★★
RRP: $19.99

I received a copy of Be An Artist Every Day from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Be an Artist Every Day is a beautifully illustrated art journal and activity book that invites readers to unleash their creativity by filling in the 365 writing, painting, colouring and drawing exercises – one for every day of the year.

Are you ready for an adventure in art?
Be an Artist Every Day features 365 on-the-page art activities – one for each day of the year. Packed full of playful prompts and imaginative step-by-steps this book, aimed at children aged eight and older, is designed to unleash creativity and nurture the artist within. You don’t have to be a master painter, or be able to draw a perfect circle to make great art. This book will help you discover that imagination and confidence in your creativity is what really counts. The pages are packed full of stimulating activities designed to show you how varied art can be and how easy it is to be an artist every day. You can design your perfect treehouse, reinvent the banana and make art with your fingers and toes. Practise techniques such as hatching, shading and mixing colours and learn how to follow the styles of brilliant artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe or Paul Klee, and record it all in your own words and pictures in this irreplaceable journal. When you’ve completed the book, you will have a beautiful, one-of-a-kind keepsake of the 365 days in which you discovered your own personal creativity.

Be An Artist Every Day is a gorgeous art book that’s perfect for children and adults alike. Its overall design is one to inspire people to get creative and take a step outside of their comfort zone and ‘play with art.’

The book features 365 art prompts – one for each day of the year – that encourage drawing, painting, writing and playing with new-to-you art materials that you could have lying around the house. The book itself is a little larger than A5 size paper, and the space for completing each art prompt is half (or less) than that which makes it perfect to just try something new. There’s no expectation to fill a huge blank canvas – you’re limited by size, which takes some of the pressure off.

All of the prompts are fun and attainable. Some of my favourites include:

  • Imagine if elephants were the size of dogs! Draw someone taking their elephant for a walk.
  • Imagine it’s raining outside. Draw the pattern of the raindrops on your window.
  • Draw a house made of unexpected materials.

Some of the prompts even include frames or the base of an image (such as scales, a house with empty windows, tables and chairs) that you can then add to. All of these added details a fun and whimsical and add to the overall fun atmosphere of this little book.

If you’re looking for an art project to start, or a gift to give to someone who enjoys drawing, art and creativity, this would be the perfect little book to gift to them.

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