Books & Materials by Cathy Topal

Line Tools

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Reusable straight-line printing tools for use with Thinking with a Line printmaking program. The flexible, thin plastic cards make clean up easy and are available in two quantities: the Starter Set includes 12 large (3 inch wide) and 12 small (1.5 inch wide) line tools and the Classroom Set with double the quantity to 25 of each.

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Thinking With A Line

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The teacher's guide to Cathy Topal's innovative printmaking approach. The book outlines effective and  developmentally appropriate activities that promote visual learning, motor skills, language development, and critical thinking ... simultaneously fulfilling curriculum requirements for art, math, and literacy.

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Explorations in Art - Kindergarten

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Kindergarten is different and we know it. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, only Explorations in Art combines a solid foundation in how to use tools and materials with the delight of exploring materials, developing skills, and inventing new ways to create.

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Creative Minds Out of School

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Creative Minds: Out of School outlines an afterschool art program for grades K-5. Developed in 2010 by Cathy Wiseman Topal for the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership. This Educator's Edition provides training and professional development resources, plus advice helpful tips from the author for both veteran teachers and newcomers.

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Children & Painting

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Various strategies for teaching the basic painting concepts and techniques, from an elements and principles orientation to thematic approaches. This valuable teacher?s tool helps you introduce children to the wonders of painting. Hardcover 160 pp. with 250 full-color illustrations.

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Children, Clay and Sculpture

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Clay sculpting just seems to come effortlessly to kids. This now out-of-print book by Cathy Topal shows you how to encourage children's artistry by guiding them through the creative process.

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Beautiful Stuff: Learning with Found Materials

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Inspired by Reggio Emilia (co-authored with Lella Gandini) this book focuses on process over product, with chapters on collecting/organizing materials, stimulating thoughts about design, reflecting upon and extending work, and more. Appropriate for children 4+ years and older. Paperback 107pp.

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Beautiful Stuff from Nature | More Learning with Found Materials

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A companion to their, Beautiful Stuff: Learning with Found Materials, Cathy Topal and Lella Gandini challenge teachers from environments in North America to see where children's interests lead by exploring outdoor spaces. Inspirations and suggestions for using outdoor spaces as a classroom and natural materials to engage students. Click READ MORE to watch a brief video.

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Explorations in Art: Kindergarten 2nd edition

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A child-centered, structured program in discovering materials, developing skills, and inventing new ways to create. Field-tested, effective classroom management techniques are included in each lesson. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, students connect to concepts across curriculum, from discovering parts of insects/animals to thinking about and designing buildings/communities.

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