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Mini Artists (Mini Artists)

20 projects inspired by the great artists

Joséphine Seblon, Robert Sae-Heng


Twenty art projects inspired by famous artworks for budding mini artists aged 3–6 years

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The benefits of art to young children are well known. Art stimulates curiosity, creativity and the imagination. It also cultivates wellbeing, but being creative with young children can feel surprisingly daunting - and this is where Mini Artists comes in.

The twenty projects in Mini Artists are designed to engage children with art through making. Mini artists will discover drip painting with Jackson Pollock, carve soap sculptures with Barbara Hepworth, and create their own obliteration room with Yayoi Kusama. They'll also travel through time and explore art from different periods, from cave painting to Medieval stained-glass, and Chinese ink painting to washable graffiti inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Each project requires minimal set-up so the maximum amount of time is spent creating together, and the step-by-step instructions show photographs of the projects in progress so they can be followed at a glance. The projects use simple materials, from clay to ink to paint. Being grounded in art history, Mini Artists features a range of interesting art techniques that are ideal for teaching new motor skills.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 28.0 x 21.5 cm

Extent: 96 pp

Publication date: 14 September 2023

ISBN: 9780500660195

Contents List


How to Use This Book

Part 1: Artists of the Past
Ice Age stencils: The Pech Merle horses
Letters on clay: Sumerian cuneiform tablets
Magical hippo statuette: Ancient Egyptian art
Misty landscapes: Chinese ink-wash painting
Rainbow windows: Medieval stained glass
Mosaic faces: Aztec masks

Part 2: Modern Artists
Abstract paper weaving: Anni Albers
Minimalist soap sculptures: Barbara Hepworth
Drip paintings: Jackson Pollock
Surrealist creatures: Wifredo Lam
Under-the-sea cut-outs: Henri Matisse
Monochrome assemblages: Louise Nevelson
Mini tropical garden: Hélio Oiticica

Part 3: Contemporary Artists
Street art warriors: Jean-Michel Basquiat
Recycled monsters: Tony Cragg
Natural displays: Andy Goldsworthy
Woven beings: Mrinalini Mukherjee
Eerie silhouettes: Kara Walker
Covered in dots: Yayoi Kusama
Floating buildings: Jeanne-Claude & Christo

List of artworks

About the Author

Joséphine Seblon studied art history at the École du Louvre, and now works in publishing in London. She co-curated VIEW, a festival of art h story at the Institut Français in London. Through her Instagram @weareminiartists she shares the creative fun she has with her two young children, learning about and making art. Robert Sae-Heng is an illustrator and artist with a BA in Illustration from the University for the Creative Arts, London. He is the illustrator of Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park’s The One Thing You’d Save.