Nostalgic Folk Art was born in 2004. I came up with Nostalgic Folk Art name for my paper mache figures because I love the older things that remind me of my childhood and of innocent times. They are figures of folks both childish and impish and I love vintage folk art so putting nostalgic with folk art was/is a perfect and fitting name for my lil figures and business.

Thank you for taking the time to visit!

And when your done visiting here, I'd love for you to check out my work on my etsy shop,

The Best to you always!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Susan Schwanke, Art For All Seasons, book is available for purchase and its pretty cool!!!!

if you have children this is a wonderful book that will give them such inspiration.  

check out the links to check this one and all her Art Lab books. There is a cute video there as well. Susan is such a great teacher and artist, her joy of teaching and sharing techniques is obvious in all her books.
but dont just take my word for it, check out these kind words,

"As a source of inspiration for my work as an Educator at
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA,
Susan's books are on prominent display in our hands-on
Art Studio. Her project suggestions provide an inspiring
platform for discovering techniques, materials and
processes that speak to learners of all ages. I'm thrilled to
add Art For All Seasons to our carefully-curated resource
-Meghan Burch, Guided Art Programs Educator
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

"Susan Schwake's Art for All Seasons, her newest volume of
art activities, follows in her tradition of studio art based art
education for children. This book presents high quality art
experiences inspired by contemporary artists that leads
to the creation of relevant and significant artwork, easily
adapted for children of all ages. The foundation of the
seasons and nature adds another layer of relevancy and
meaning to the creative experience.
Art for All Seasons is another important contribution to the
literature of meaningful art making for children."
-Bill Haust, Ed. D., Professor Emeritus of Art,
Instructor of Art Education, Plymouth State University

 Art for All Seasons is a well-thought-out handbook of natureinspired
art adventures that can be explored over and over
with different results each time. Perfect for parents, teachers,
grandparents or anyone working with children making art!
The nature-based lessons are beautifully illustrated with over
400 full-color photographs of the process and additional
inspirational images of contemporary artists' work.
Included is information on how to set up a simple home studio,
a comprehensive list of materials, how to display and save
kid's art work and ideas surrounding making art with others. A
recipe chapter shows how to make some of your own materials
and how to use standard art materials. Each lesson is a great
springboard of ideas for anyone wanting to be inspired by the
natural world to make art.
Art for All Seasons will be your perennial go-to book when
making art with children.

Following on the heels of her wildly
successful series, Art Lab for Kids, Susan
Schwake and her husband Rainer Schwake,
bring us the new Kids Art Series with this
first title - Art for All Seasons.
Susan Schwake is an artist, art educator,
author and curator. Her passion for teaching
over the past 20 years has found her working
in many diverse settings, and her own
art school, which operates in conjunction
with their gallery and design firm in New
Hampshire -

She will be doing a give a way through her instagram @susanbschwake
and for complete information regarding Artstream Gallery, her book tour, or wonderful classes head over to

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My First Written Review/Kinda like your first dollar, I treasure this dearly

"Carol Roll is a relative new-comer, creating folk art for four years, now. Her paper mache figures reflect significant talent. At first glance, her angels, people, mermaids, and animals may appear cute and dear. At closer look, they are sophisticated, with detailed, expressive faces, each unique. Roll's work is anything but mass produced. It's the real deal. "

Linda Knopf Southern FolkArt Magazine 2008