Eye Can Art: a Small, Local, Women-Owned Company Wins Big Awards for All-Inclusive, Repeat-Use Art Kits

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The three Seattle women who own Eye Can Art have garnered a collection of top toy industry awards in 2009 for several of their all-inclusive, repeat-use art kits. Shannon Ninburg, Bridget Daly, and Moria Blair captured a 2009 Creative Child Magazine's Toy of the Year award for their Book in a Box Kit. The Eye Can Art Printmaking Kit and Sumi-e Kit each won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2009 Gold Seal Award. The Printmaking Kit also won a Tillywig award in 2009. And in 2008, the Printmaking Kit and the Sumi-e Kit brought home the coveted Parents Choice awards.

Eye Can Art's Book in a Box kits are easy peasy (even for the non-Martha moms and dads among us), and come stocked with everything you need to make four different books, all with their distinctive style.

The three Seattle women who own Eye Can Art have garnered a collection of top toy industry awards in 2009 for several of their all-inclusive, repeat-use art kits. Shannon Ninburg, Bridget Daly, and Moria Blair captured a 2009 Creative Child Magazine's Toy of the Year award for their Book in a Box Kit. The Eye Can Art Printmaking Kit and Sumi-e Kit each won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2009 Gold Seal Award. The Printmaking Kit also won a Tillywig award in 2009. And in 2008, the Printmaking Kit and the Sumi-e Kit brought home the coveted Parents Choice awards.

A spokeswoman for Eye Can Art says, "We at Eye Can Art were thrilled and honored to receive these recent awards. We strive to create exciting learning experiences that help kids explore their own creative potential. We're a new, small company, and these awards give us support, encouragement, and help spread the word."

As art educators and mothers, Ninburg, Daly, and Blair have long been approached both by parents looking for a way to introduce art enthusiasm to their kids, and by adults wanting a creative outlet for themselves. In response to this need for high-quality, at-home art activities, combined with empathy for everyone's busy schedule, this trio developed Eye Can Art: High quality, all-inclusive, repeat-use art kits that spark creative play.

In May 2009, the blog Babble posted this about Eye Can Art's Book in a Box Kit,

"Eye Can Art's Book in a Box kits are easy peasy (even for the non-Martha moms and dads among us), and come stocked with everything you need to make four different books, all with their distinctive style."

A reviewer for the 2008 Craftzine Craft Holiday Gift Guide raved about the Eye Can Art Printmaking Kit,

"My daughter insisted on closing her eyes as she peeled back her pattern piece so she could fully appreciate the surprise. It was priceless…Money and time very well spent."

Eye Can Art has released four art kits for kids ages 4 to 94, all retailing for $24.00. The product line consists of a Printmaking Kit, a Wax Drawing (encaustic) Kit, a Sumi-e (Japanese brush) Painting Kit, and a Book in a Box Kit.
Eye Can Art has created options for both individual and group play. According to Ninburg, "All four projects offer learning experiences based on art concepts such as line, shape, and value, expressed in a fun and clear way." These kits are easy to use, safe, and convenient.

Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0DlT5lt5FQ for a two-minute video of boy demonstrating the Printmaking Kit.

The response to award-winning Eye Can Art kits has been tremendous and now these all-inclusive art kits can be purchased at over 100 stores and museum shops locally and across the country. Or buy one them online at http://www.eyecanart.com .

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