Girl creating sculpture project with wood & playdough in art space
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Why Having An Art Space Isn’t Just About Art


Creating an art space can be about so much more than just art for kids. Guest post by Megan Schiller of The Art Pantry

Girl making a sculpture project with wood & playdough in a creative art space.

When you think about having an art space for your kids in your home, what comes to mind?

Whenever I talk about my kids doing art in our home, most people think I’m talking about painting, drawing, or crafting.

We’ve had an art space in our home for almost 9 years, ever since my oldest daughter was 18 months old. My girls do a lot of painting, drawing, and crafting of course, but I’ve learned over the years that an art space isn’t just about art.

Sciene in an art space – Two girls experimenting with liquid watercolors & shaving cream to create a rain cloud.

An art space is really more like a workshop or a science lab. It’s a place where kids explore materials, investigate ideas, experiment with ingredients, learn new skills, build things, and make astonishing discoveries!

Over the years, my kids have used our art space to write stories and songs, they’ve built their own toys, they’ve made family card games, they’ve made musical instruments… I could go on and on.

What I love most is that my kids have become resourceful, expressive, and confident creators in this art space.

The Art Pantry - Clay creations

How To Go Beyond Art

If you want to expand your kids’ creative exploration here are 4 tips to get started:

Hammering with wood & nails are an example of an art space kids can tinker & explore.

1. Offer A New Art Prompt

Set up an art prompt with some new tools and materials that aren’t typical art supplies, like a child-sized hammer, wood, and nails. Show your kids how to use them and supervise until they get the hang of it.

An art space with a mini science lab experiment

2. Set Up A Mini Science Lab

Set out a tray of ingredients for science experiments like baking soda, vinegar, and liquid watercolor (or food coloring). Kids love to mix and pour so make sure to include a few jars or beakers for multiple experiments.

The Art Pantry - Girl with wand with jingle bells on it

3. Upcycle Broken Toys & Recyclables

Save your recyclables or broken toy bits and keep them in a bin near your art supplies. A low temperature hot glue gun works wonders with these “junk” items. This has been our number one resource for making toy accessories in our home!

Exploring how to create paint with spices in this art space.

4. Try New & Exciting Combinations

Keep writing materials, art supplies, basic tools, and science materials all in one place so your kids can easily mix things up and try new combinations of materials.

The Art Pantry - Girl working on beading project

Need help setting up your own art space?

I’m dedicated to helping more kids have access to creative tools and materials. So if you want help setting up an art space in your home, I’m here for you!

  • My online course, Art Pantry Design Camp, will guide you through the process of setting up an organized and inviting art space for your kids (no matter your budget or the size of your space!).

Design Camp is a 5 week course with step-by-step instructions, clickable product lists, videos, group accountability, inspiration, and support. I guide you through the process and answer every question that comes up for you!

The Fall session of Design Camp is now open for Registration. Click here for more details.


Megan Schiller of The Art Pantry

Megan Schiller is a designer, art teacher, mother of 2, and founder of The Art Pantry, a design studio for children’s creative spaces. She’s on a mission to help more kids have independent access to creative tools and materials so that they can grow up to become confident makers and innovative thinkers.


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Why Having An Art Space Isn’t Just About Art


  • Reply
    September 6, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing these ideas.

    Also, just a quick heads up, you mention what I think you mean as “Art Pantry” but the r is missing so it reads “Art Panty”.

    • Reply
      September 7, 2018 at 11:20 am

      LOL – I was going to comment on that too! Art panties would at least be fun to wear though!! Haha!!

    • Reply
      Megan Schiller
      September 8, 2018 at 10:28 pm

      Oh my gosh! How funny. Thanks for catching that. And so glad you enjoyed this post :)

  • Reply
    November 5, 2018 at 8:15 am

    I believe that parents need to equip space in the house under the arts for their children. This is a very important part of the education of the child, because the activity of this type is very well develop creativity in children, so that children begin to be interested in art, reading, writing. If your child from an early age begins to be interested in such important things, he will definitely succeed in life. Thank you very much for sharing such a positive, interesting and rare type of content, I am sure that this article has helped a huge number of children and their parents.

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