Best Selling Author, App Creator, Award Winning Art Teacher, Innovative Educator and Founder of Young At Art®
Susan Striker is the author of the best-selling Anti-Coloring Book® series with over one million books in print all over the world and now available as an iPad app. Designed to stimulate creativity and encourage problem solving and critical thinking, the books help children draw their own pictures as well as their own conclusions about life. She also wrote Please Touch® (Simon & Schuster) which teaches parents and educators how to stimulate creativity through movement, music, art and play. Young at Art® (Henry Holt) is a comprehensive text about the value and significance of early childhood art. That book clearly demonstrates the important link between early scribbles and later literacy.
Sue teaches art in an elementary school in Greenwich, Connecticut, where her school won the National Reading Award. Among the considerations of the judges was her literature based art program. She has a unique style of motivating children to create by integrating art with music and literature. She has had a long, successful career teaching art to young children, has taught art education methodology to university students and developed art curricula. She shares her innovative teaching ideas in workshops for parents and teachers in schools and universities all over the country. Sue’s work has been the subject of numerous television shows, both local, national and international.
In 1984 Sue founded Young at Art, a private art school in Manhattan, offering classes to young children. “Its aim”, she explains, “was to spark creativity, generate fantasy and unleash imaginative thinking.” There she held classes for children, ages one through five, and gave birthday parties where art activities were the focus of the day. Her school was not only the talk of the town, but was featured in newspaper and magazine articles as far away as Japan. Her dream is to see her art classes for young children brought to children of all economic backgrounds throughout the world, so she offers several curricula with videos of her teaching.
Watch Sue talk about the significance of scribbling in your toddler’s life: Importance of Scribbling Video
“Young at Art® is a philosophy that I developed and refined over many years as an Art Educator, School Administrator, and author. In my talks and books I demonstrate the crucial link between art and early literacy as well as how art can be used to teach other subjects, such as math, literature and history. Creative, flexible thinking is the key to creating a meaningful life.” – Susan Striker
Sue has a solid reputation as an expert in art education. She acted as a consultant for the popular television show Thomas the Train and has written many magazine articles. Susan’s Young at Art® curriculum for preschool and kindergarten art was awarded Connecticut’s Celebration of Excellence for Creativity in the Classroom. In 2000 she won the Distinguished Teacher Award in Greenwich. In March, 2004 Teaching K-8, a national magazine written for elementary school teachers featured Sue as the Author of the Month, in honor of National Youth Art Month. In 2008 – Sue received the highly competitive 2008 Connecticut Art Education Association Award, Outstanding Elementary Art Educator , for significant contributions to the field of art education. Recently she was honored at her alma mater for her “distinguished career”.
Sue lives in Easton, Connecticut and her son Jason lives in Colorado. Her readers know Jason very well, as he co-authored a book with his mom when he was only 14 years old and appeared in or on the cover of many of the books she wrote after his birth in 1979.
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