Monet and the Waterlily Friends is art class in a book.
The purpose of art class isn't to make more artists. The purpose of art class is to make stronger, resilient, brilliant thinkers.
A lot of subjects have right and wrong answers, while art is a space where minds can freely explore without failure.
As an art teacher, one of my students was a fairly nervous creature. She was very shy, and had a difficult time participating in class. She was equally nervous about art class. One day, we were painting and she had dropped more watercolor than she intended... and began to cry. I brightly swapped her sheet for a new one, and told her that it wasn't a problem! She could start over.
She wiped her tears and thought about the concept of "starting over". A few months later, she was furiously making monsters, painting flowers, and telling stories. She wasn't just excited about art class, she was equally excited about math, reading, and science too. Through art, she was able to discover that learning wasn't a terrifying thing, it was fun.
I created this book to bring more art into more classrooms. I had the opportunity of teaching art in a fairly privileged school, and I was constantly getting requests to visit other schools or to give pointers on how to teach art to young children.
The first edition of this book was published on Kickstarter, and I am excited to launch a campaign for a second printing. Since the first run of Monet has been sold out, I've been getting nonstop emails of teachers and parents looking for the physical copy, so I'd love to bring it back to life.
Since the publication of Monet and the Waterlily Friends and my second book, Picasso Loves Shapes, I've had the privilege of visiting a number of classrooms and schools doing studio class and giving author assemblies. I genuinely believe that creativity is the best gift we can give to students, and I hope that Monet inspires you and your young artist.
Preview the second section of the book on YouTube!:
In my stint as an art teacher, we talked about all sorts of artists and art movements in class... and every year Claude Monet was the reigning champion when it came to favorites. My students loved the story about Monet and the Impressionists, the Pink House and the Japanese Bridge. I also think children resonate with Monet because their style is very much Impressionistic.
I put a lot of care in breaking down Impressionism in a way children can embrace, as well as keeping the book playful and accessible so it's a world they'd want to revisit.
The book is actually three books in one (you're welcome to use the book however you see fit). The first section is a wordless, graphic novel inspired story about Monet and his frog friends. Monet gets artist's block and finds inspiration in his garden.
The second section is a bit of art history that introduces you to Monet, his family, and his career (usually adults read this to children or young readers read on their own).
The third section is a collection of activities that I frequent that are cost efficient and low in the mess factor.
Judiee is a designer that one day found herself teaching pre-k art (a place she refers to as "munchkinland"). Since then, she has been developing creative curriculum for the digital space. Her most recent teaching endeavors include teaching K - University students at her local Fab Lab (makerspace), studio classes as a visiting artist, and speaking at a variety of events. This is her third project on Kickstarter. Her other book, Picasso Loves Shapes is available on Amazon.
BOOK / PROJECT DETAILS
The book will be printed in hardcover, matte cover, 72 pages. The funds raised from this Kickstarter will go toward manufacturing, shipping, and storage costs. The book will take a three months to produce. Once the books are printed and bound, copies will be shipped to backers around August 2019.
SHARE THE ART
A big part of this project is to make art education more accessible. The book has been uploaded to YouTube as a resource for teachers, as well as copies have been donated to schools and libraries. In the spirit of making art more accessible, there are options to donate copies to classrooms / libraries in the campaign.
Monet and Friends Book / Hardcover, matte cover, 10"x8", 72 pages.
Enamel Frog Pin / Metal, 1" tall, rubber clasp
The Savage Reality of Chasing Your Dreams / Softcover, A5
This is a zine collection of stories, insights, and doodles of my experience of quitting my job to pursue my creative projects. This one is for the grown ups! Pledge $25+ to get an exclusive printed copy. Other tiers will receive a digital copy.
The stretch goals will help us upgrade the book and produce more resources!
$18,000 - LOCKED / Upgrade cover: Spot Varnish Finish
$20,000 - LOCKED / Upgrade paper quality
$25,000 - LOCKED / NEW ACTIVITY SECTION!
$30,000 - LOCKED / Film New Readings of the book for YouTube
$35,000 - LOCKED / Filming New Activity Videos for YouTube
Thank you for all your support! I'm looking forward to partnering with you!
*special thanks to isaac iyengar for the music featured on the campaign!
Risks and challenges
I am excited to be partnering with IAPC (Independent Author's Publishing Collective) to publish this book. Previously, I've partnered with other printers and I'm thrilled to be working with IAPC since they are passionate with working with indie authors. I'm positive that we will be ready for any of the risks and challenges from this project! I've also learned a tremendous amount from publishing the previous two books launched on Kickstarter, and ready for the third.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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