In Art Lab for Kids each lesson is inspired by 36 contemporary artists who are also featured in this book from Lisa Solomon to Mati Rose McDonough, Amy Rice to Heather Smith Jones. The inspiration list is impressive and well-thought out. Looks like a neat book.
Paint on aluminum foil: add a small amount of dish washing liquid to your paint mix. Not only will that make cleaning up easier but it also helps the paint to stick to the foil better and not flake off when it dries.
Self-Portrait Collage with paper scraps - great idea to clean out bits and pieces of patterned paper. Give your child's portrait some dimension using Pop Up Glue Dots for the eyes, nose and mouth and use Ultra Thin or Craft Glue Dots to layer the scraps on top of each other.