take a crafts class from van gogh, matisse, and warhol.

by liza darwin

Even if you haven't used a coloring book in years, we've found a new reason to bust out the old Crayolas. Let's Make Some Great Art, the newest book from illustrator Marion Deuchars (her work as appeared in books, magazines, and ad campaigns), is one part crafts project, one part history lesson, and one part just plain fun. In it, Deuchars uses techniques from iconic artists like Jackson Pollock, van Gogh, Matisse, and Warhol to teach readers how to, yes, make great art.

These DIY ideas range from simple like filling in Mona Lisa's smile and creating Mondrian rectangles to surprisingly frustrating, like drawing a perfect circle by hand. And since each of these "lessons" is based upon techniques used by the pros themselves, this is one coloring book that's anything but child's play.

Yes, you could technically bring it along to your next babysitting job to entertain the kids. But we think it's even better for rainy days like today, where all you want to do is plop down on the couch, grab some markers, and let your creative juices flow.

Buy it here.