Artful Parenting 101 ~ An Online Course for Parents Wanting to Raise Creative Kids ~

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Become the creative family you want to be...

Is there a disconnect between how you’d like to foster your kids’ creativity and what you’re doing now? Between the creative household you want to see and the house you see around you today?

I can help…

This fall, I’m offering an online course and community to help you become the artful parent you want to be, enhancing your children’s creativity so they can become innovative doers, thinkers, and problem solvers.

I’ll guide you to be the best artful parent you can be, with reverberations that will benefit your parenting journey—and your family’s life—long after this fun, 10-week course ends.

Foster Creativity and Connection in Your Family

Artul Parenting 101 will give you the tools, info, & inspiration to

  • nurture your children's creativity
  • set up an inspiring art space
  • offer simple art invitations
  • cultivate creative confidence
  • and more!

About Artful Parenting 101

An online course for parents who want to raise creative kids

September 11 through November 17, 2017

Price for the 10-week course = $97

(Pay in full or in 3 monthly payments)

Enrollment will open on August 28, 2017

Want to learn how to fit art into your day? How to foster creative confidence? Or how to set up an inspiring art space? These are just 3 of the many topics we'll cover!

Weekly topics include...

Connect Through Creativity

Integrate creativity into our interactions and relationships with our children.

Create Spaces that Inspire

Set up a kids' art space and tweak or transform home spaces to better foster creative activity.

Stock Up on Art Supplies

Provide art supplies that are best for kids and kids' art, organize them, and consider accessibility issues.

Simple Art Invitations

Use art invitations to engage your children creatively and match the art to the child, taking into consideration age, stage, skills, and interests.

Nature Inspiration & Art

Let nature inspire our art and creativity and make nature-based arts and crafts.

Messy & Sensory Art

Offer the messy and sensory art experiences that your kids crave while keeping the mess contained and your sanity intact.

Art for Playdates & Groups

Creative activities are great for bringing together different personalities & ages, creating shared purpose, easing transitions, and FUN.

Drawing Skills & Confidence

Encourage creative confidence while also teaching drawing skills and techniques in age-appropriate ways.

Think Outside the Box

Foster children's creativity with process art, experimentation, and asking What if... questions.

What is included in the course? 

Each week you'll receive ::

  • An Engaging Lesson to help you lay a strong creative foundation for your family. The lesson will be available both as a PDF printable and as an audio file.
  • A Worksheet to help you apply the lesson to your family
  • 2 Creative Activities as kid-friendly printables, including a process-oriented art activity (such as drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, or sculpture) and an additional creative activity (such as a craft or recipe)
  • An accompanying Resource Guide to go with the lesson 
  • An inspiring and attractive Quotation to print out and hang on your wall
  • Membership in a Private Facebook Group for support and community

Weekly Lesson on Fostering Creativity

Each week, you'll receive a lesson that guides you through a topic for successful artful parenting. The lesson will be available to read online, to print and read at your leisure, and as an audio file that you can listen to.

Printable Worksheets & Guides

Each lesson will include a worksheet to help you think through your own creative process and evaluate how to fit the lesson into your own family's life. Weekly resource guides help you find the materials we recommend.

Creative + Fun Activities for Your Children

You'll receive two creative activities every week to do with your children. These will including a process-oriented activity (such as painting, drawing,collage or sculpture) and an additional creative activity (such as a craft or a recipe). 

Artful Parenting 101 Community

You will be invited to join our private Facebook group community of like-minded parents. This is where you can ask and answer questions, share successes, and get encouragement. I will also host a live online discussion each week.


I have loved this course. It has changed my way of thinking and has gotten me to think more about encouraging art and creativity in my family. The knowledge I learned has transformed the way I do things in my home! -Brooke, Colorado, USA 

An inspiring course which re-energised our creative play. It gave me a quick reference guide so I could pull something together quickly. It was also great to engage with an international creative community! -Kirsty Strachan, Wiltshire, UK

This eCourse changed my way of incorporating art in our family life. It made me focus on how to talk to kids on their art, it gave me a ready made schedule for activities, and it inspired me to do my own versions of art activities. I am in love with art, and this eCourse made me love it even more as it re-connected me with my kids. Thanks, Jean!!!! - Marwa Abuelnasr, Egypt

This course was chock-full of ideas. I loved that I was asked each week to really think and reflect on where my family is and where we'd like to be in our creativity. I will be looking over this resource over and over in the future! -Anne Berg, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Having activity ideas fresh in my mind is so helpful & makes it much more likely that we'll do something. -Jen D, Rio Rancho, NM, USA

Today I found myself with 5 children to entertain, ranging in age from just under 3 to 7, and so we tried out the beaded bubble wands. So much fun!! Even after we were done with the bubbles, we continue creating with the dowels, pipe cleaners, and beads for a loooooong time. Thank you for this!!!! -Virginia S., Seattle, WA, USA

I think the best part of this course is that now I can see things in a different way... Everything is an excuse to explore and think about why things work like they do. - Crilibru, Colombia

A Passion for Creativity

Hi there! 

My name is Jean Van't Hul and I will be your friend and guide throughout this 10-week course, helping you to foster creativity in your family. 

As the founder of The Artful Parent blog and the author of two books, I have years of experience making art and creativity easy and fun for families. I will give you the tools, info, and inspiration to help you connect through creativity, encourage experimentation, and follow the interests and aptitudes of the individual child.

I'm a mother to two children, ages 7 and 11, and live in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina in the United States. I have a degree in art history and studio art from Wellesley College, and years of working in arts organizations, but it wasn't until I became a parent that the pure potential of art and creativity gelled in my mind. 

I am passionate about helping children reach their creative potential and I look forward to helping you create a strong creative foundation for your family!


Who is this course for? 

This course is designed for parents and caregivers who want to raise creative kids. The material is best suited for those with children ages 2 through 10. 

What are the dates of the course?

Artful Parenting 101 will begin on September 11th and run through November 17th.

How much does Artful Parenting 101 cost?

This 10-week eCourse costs $97, or you can make three smaller payments of $35 each over the length of the course. Once you click to enroll, you can choose the payment option that works best for you.

I live in the UK (Australia, Switzerland, etc.). Is it ok to sign up for your course? 

Yes, absolutely! That's the beauty of an online course. :) You can take it from anywhere! 

I would love to do this with my children but don’t feel creative or good at art. Is this a good program for me? 

Absolutely! You don’t have to feel confident in your own artistic abilities in order to foster your children’s creativity. In fact, this course would probably be perfect for you as I think it would give you tools and strategies for encouraging art and creativity in your household (plus the confidence to do it more regularly). It might even help you with confidence about your own creativity… 

I love your site & books! If one already has your books, is it still worthwhile to take the course? 

If you have and use my books and my blog extensively, and don't need help with integrating the material into your life, then you probably don't need this course. If you would like some help in making creativity a priority, with action steps and a supportive, like-minded community, then I think you could benefit from the course, even if you have my books and read my blog. I think it mostly depends on you and how much you have incorporated art and creativity into your family's life on your own... If you're still not sure, feel free to sign up for the course and try it out! If it's not for you, you can ask for a refund within the first 30 days. 

I am wondering if I can view the course at any time that fits my schedule or is it "live" and available on certain days and times only? 

So here's how the course will work... Each Monday, I'll post that week's lesson and materials on the course website and send you an email letting you know that the new lesson is up. However, once I post the new week's materials, it will stay up throughout the course. So on week 3, you'll still be able to see all the materials from weeks 1 and 2. Also, all the materials are available for download and printing. So you can save everything to your computer and even print them out to put in a 3 ring binder or something (and keep forever). 

I am interested in your course but would be taking it as a teacher rather than a parent. Is that okay? 

I'd imagine that some of the material would be relevant to you and some not so much as I am focusing on parents and the home with this particular course. Because of your work, though, I think you would enjoy the course and find plenty of information to use with your students and to share with their families. You can always give the course a try and if you find it's not ideal for you, you can ask for a refund (within 30 days). 

How long do I have access to the course? Can I see the information at a later date if something didn't sink in?  

You'll have access throughout the course period (September 11 - November 17, 2017). About a month after the course is over, I will take the materials down so I can update it for the next version. However, you can download and/or print anything from the course while it's live and keep it to refer to again and again. In addition, you can re-take the course any time I offer it again. 

I would really like to take your course, but my schedule is so full I know I won’t be able to follow all of it. I'm wondering if I sign up now or wait?  

Some of the ideas and activities will be easy and quick to incorporate, if you wanted to sneak in a bit here and there during your busy time. And you can download all the course material to use any time! Even if you implement just one or two main ideas from the course, I think you will be surprised at how transformational they can be.

My husband and I both enjoy the artful parent and want to sign-up for the eCourse. Is there a way for both of us to take the course? 

Yes, absolutely! A family working together on this would be wonderful! Just create one log-in (name + password) that you can both use. And make sure to give me both of your email addresses so I can add both of you to the facebook group. 

Do you offer credits for The Child Associate Development Credential with your course? 

I don't offer credits for CDA at the moment. Sorry. It's something I may look into for the future though. 

Is there a certificate granted at the end of the course? 

I don't have any certificate planned at the moment, but that's a good question. If I offered one, it would likely be a fun and informal one about artful parenting. 

What if I am unhappy with the course? 

I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund. 

Any other questions? 

If you have a question that is not answered here or in the course description above, please feel free to e-mail me at [email protected]!