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Eye Can Art Sumi-e Painting Kit

Eye Can Art Sumi-e Painting Kit

Spring 2008 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Eye Can Art
Price: $23.99
Review:
The Eye Can Art Sumi-E Painting Kit introduces children to the Japanese painting style of high contrast, bold, minimalist design. The set includes all the materials necessary to make several paintings, as well as the supplies to create more than one "chop," a personal signature stamp. It is refreshing to see an art kit that really asks something new of the child. While many art kits seem focused on using a wide range of colors and getting designs more complicated and more realistic, or follow a pre-set plan with little room for true creativity, this takes the opposite approach and encourages children to minimize but to be very creative and bold in the design. The set teaches a new approach to painting that focuses on simplicity and cleanliness of design using minimal brushstrokes and only black paint. Although not overly generous with the paper, it is very generous with the inks. The kit includes black watercolor paint, a paintbrush, a wood block, foam squares, and red printing ink for making a custom signature stamp, scroll paper, design paper, and black mounting paper for finished projects. The set also includes instructions explaining the method of painting. A good choice for the artistic child ready to learn something new.
Emily Crawford   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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