Susan Striker is a master art educator and 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 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.
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. There was also a Young at Art School and Birthday Party Service in Fairfield, CT
At Young at Art® School parents bought their children to art classes and came back year after year for us to host their birthday parties as well.
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. She taught in Greenwich, CT 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.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 Sue received the highly competitive 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”.