In the Chet the Architect books, a fictional character named Chet brings kids face-to-face with each building, from the brand-new Museum for African Art (set to open this fall) at Fifth Avenue and 110th Street, to the venerable Metropolitan Museum at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street. With Chet the Architect: How to Draw, young readers can draw architectural shapes, color pen-and-ink outlines of each building, and draw their own version of each museum. This irresistible activity book with handy tear-out pages comes with drawing board and pen and will open kids’ eyes to architectural styles and details and improve their drawing skills, all while having fun.
The handy, accordion-fold guide Chet the Architect: Museum Mile Pocket Edition uses child-friendly text and colorful art to introduce each museum building with a snapshot overview and fact-boxes about architecture. Interesting features of each building are highlighted, such as the Museum of African Art’s trapezoid windows and the Guggenheim Museum’s lobby skylight. Watch out parents—with this book, kids may lead the family on their own tour of Museum Mile!
Kathryn Koller is an architectural designer who lives in New York City and is a former studio head at the internationally prestigious architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. She has worked on innovative commercial interior projects from theatres to financial institutions, among others. Kathryn created the concept for Chet the Architect more than ten years ago as a fun way to explain her profession to her daughter’s class at parents visiting day. She founded Butterfly Artistic Media, LLC, to create educational media and products to help teach children how to draw geometric designs, learn architectural concepts, foster creativity and gain self-confidence. Butterfly Artistic Media has developed programs and materials for both the retail market, schools and museums to teach kids about architecture. Visit Chet the Architect at www.chetthearchitect.com.
The following books are written and illustrated by Kathryn Koller and published by Butterfly Artistic Media, LLC, for ages 4-up.
Chet the Architect: Learn to Draw New York City’s Fifth Avenue Museum Mile
May 2012 • 45 pages • $14.95 • Includes drawing board and pen • ISBN 978-1-4675-0500-0
Chet the Architect: Museum Mile Pocket Edition
June 2012 • 24 pages • $12.99 • Accordion-fold journal with hardcover slipcase •