We've recently discovered some wonderful art books that have had us making some very creative projects. We made our own "inkblots" with acrylic paint and fingerprint drawings (although my youngest was against getting her fingers dirty for this!). Outside of my own pins on Pinterest, this is my favorite resource for art projects related to childrens' books: http://pinterest.com/kbus/children-s-book-related-crafts-and-activities/#
Art by Patrick McDonnell
A simple, but beautiful, ode to art.
Bridget's Beret by Tom Lichtenfeld
Bridget's beret is her artistic expression - can she still make art without it?
Not a Box - and -
Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
These two books are an excellent way to get kids thinking creatively. It's not just a box/stick - they magically become so much more with a little imagination.
the dot - and -
ish by Peter H. Reynolds
Are both wonderful books about creativity and not being afraid to try something.
Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
This is a brilliant book. About making art out of mistakes.
Willy's Pictures by Anthony Browne
Seen Art? by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith. I love art museums and love great, historical works of art. It is exciting for me to share these things with my children. Both of these books are incredibly entertaining ways to introduce this to your children.
Inkblot: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity by Margaret Peot
Ed Emberley's Complete Funprint Drawing Book by Ed Emberley - who has written loads of books, the most popular of which is Go Away, Big Green Monster! Emberley has a number of other art and drawing books, but this is a favorite at our house.
Art & Max by David Wiesner
A wonderfully imaginative book! Art is the artist and he doesn't think that Max can paint, but what Max creates is fantastic.
A Day With No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch, illustrated by Chad Cameron. This book opened up a great discussion on using other mediums. Most children are only familiar with crayons, markers, acrylics, but art can be so much more.
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
Perfect Square by Michael Hall
Two very clever books that look at shapes in a new way.
The following three are excellent educational color books - primary and secondary colors, and color mixing. These have taught my kids so much.
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
White Rabbit's Color Book by Alan Baker
We also adore the Sesame Street video/song Three Primary Colors that is excellent for teaching children about colors and color-mixing: http://youtu.be/yu44JRTIxSQ
Chalk by Bill Thompson
And a late addition - I forgot about this book until I saw it at the library this week. This book is excellent for art or storytelling. An extra fun activity - make the book come alive: Chalk Activity
The iPad also has a great app called Art Circles. There are multiple circles organized by color or curator or other topics. Some pieces of art even have a mega-zoom feature. The kids and I have had great fun exploring art this way.
We love new books at our house - if you love any literature on this topic that didn't make my list, please do share!