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How to Set Up Art Spaces for Kids

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Art Spaces for Kids - Creating in the Studio

In order to make art, kids have to have a space to do it, even if it’s at the kitchen table.

Dedicated art spaces for kids are even better because they are available any time children feel the urge to create. They are stocked with inspiring art supplies and are places that kids can start a cardboard sculpture or a drawing of outer space and come back to work on it the next day if they want to.

Do your children have an art space like this?

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If not, here are some ideas for setting up or updating one.

6 Simple Ways to Set Up Art Spaces for Kids

Yarn Art in Progress

1. Set Up an Art Table or Desk

Equip it with paper and drawing materials, adding other materials and tools as appropriate. A nearby shelf or drawer can hold more art supplies.

Further Reading: How to Create a Kids Art Space That Will Get Used

Art Spaces for Kids - Working at the Adjustable Kids Art Easel2. Use an Easel for Kids Art

Young children work best standing up. A wall-mount easel or art space is one way to give them the opportunity to create this way, a table-top easel is another, and a free-standing children’s art easel is a third.

You can leave an easel set up with paper and drawing or painting materials. If the reverse has a chalkboard, equip it with chalk.

Art Spaces for Kids - Using an Easel for Full Body Movement

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If you use an easel, remember to change it up so it doesn’t just become a piece of furniture (and thus ignored).

Further Reading: 6 Ways to Encourage Continued Interest in Your Children’s Easel

Art Spaces for Kids - Making Space for Painting

3. Make Space for Painting

Having a space for painting is great  (This could be the same as numbers 1, 2, or 4), but if a dedicated painting space is out of the question, consider setting up painting activities periodically.

Use a space that you don’t mind getting messy or that is easily washable (such as the kitchen, utility room, porch, garage, or basement). Or simply take the painting activity outside if weather permits.

Spread a drop cloth or newspapers to catch the paint drips if you like. You can leave out paper, paint, and brushes or, if your child is very young, leave the painting space set up and just bring out the paint itself when your child is ready to paint.

Further Reading:  Finding a space for messy art

Art Spaces for Kids - Using the Easel Outdoors

4. Take the Art Outdoors

Consider using the outdoors as an art space, especially in the warm weather months. You can set up an easel outside or bring out a table and chair. The bonus with being outside is that you’ll be less concerned about the mess factor.

Further Reading: 21 Outdoor Art Ideas for Kids

Portable Art Caddy for Kids Art

5. Use a Portable Art Kit

Equip an art caddy, box, basket, or bag with a pad of paper, some drawing materials, stickers, etc. Keep the caddy within reach so your child can grab it and work whenever and wherever she likes—whether at the kitchen table, the floor, or in the car.

Further Reading: What’s in Our Art Supply Caddy and  DIY Portable Art Kits for Kids 

Art Spaces for Kids - Working in the Art Studio

6. Set Up a Kids Art Studio

I know that I’m lucky to have a room dedicated to art, but it’s not like our house is huge (less than 1,000 square feet). I’ve just made art and creativity a priority in our house. If you do have an extra room, consider making it a space for art, crafts, creativity, learning, and exploring.

An art room makes a great play room.

Yarn Art Paintings Hanging on Art Drying Wall

It’s wonderful to be able to leave out an art project that is in progress, to have a space that is okay for getting messy, to be surrounded by art materials, and to have a place for drying and displaying art.

Further Reading: How to Set Up a Kids Art Space That Builds Creative Confidence and Independence

Art Space for Kids - Storing and Organizing Art Materials

Stock Your Kids Art Spaces

The art materials you choose to equip your child’s art space with will depend on age, developmental stage, personality, preferences, and your own comfort level.

Art Spaces for Kids - Watercolor Painting in the Studio

For example, for a one or two year old you might place out paper, crayons, markers, stickers, and chalk for them to use whenever they like. For toddlers, you might place glue, paints, and some collage materials (especially potential choking hazards) high up to be used only under closer supervision. As your child gets older, you’ll place more and more within reach to be used freely and he will become more involved in choosing his own preferred art materials.

Art Spaces for Kids - Stocking them with Art Materials

Art Materials to Consider

I suggest leaving just a few materials out at a time on the work space and possibly a few more accessible nearby. A few well-curated art materials inspire creativity and art-making. Too many can be overwhelming.

Further Reading:  The 25 BEST kids art supplies and Choosing Paper for Children’s Art and  The Best Kids Art Tools for a Successful Experience

Remember that dedicated art spaces for kids does not mean STATIC art spaces for kids.

Your kids are constantly changing and growing as are their interests.

Art Spaces for Kids - Working at a Wall Mount Table

Some ways to make sure your kids art spaces grow with your kids ::

  • Incorporate new interests (if your child is into space, set up art activities and materials incorporating that theme)
  • Rotate art materials (between the art space and a storage cupboard, for example)
  • Add new art materials
  • Move things around (try the easel outside, or bring the art table over to the window)
  • Set out an interesting art invitation
  • Try strewing

By making sure your art spaces evolve with your kids, you will help ensure a continued interest in making art and exploring the world in creative ways.

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Do your kids do art in a multi-purpose place such as the kitchen table or do they have a dedicated art space? Or both? (Even though we have a small art studio, my kids often draw and do less messy art projects at the kitchen table.)

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Keturah
    August 9, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Love! Just what I needed. Inspiration to keep changing things up and looking at our spaces in new ways!

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    mickibr
    August 10, 2017 at 9:58 am

    You have such great ideas. You make me rethink everything as a Grandparent. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Alison
    August 11, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I just moved our craft table to an easily accessible spot for my 2yr old in mind that she can be creative when she feels like it – and then I got your email about “art spaces for kids” perfect timing! Thank you – I have been able to get some great ideas from it!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      August 12, 2017 at 5:32 am

      I love perfect timing! :) I hope your new creative space inspires lots of fun activity for your 2 year old!

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    Durba
    August 22, 2017 at 2:20 am

    I did keep an area allocated for my daughter to be creative. And it has worked wonders. She sits there more often and enjoys working in her space.

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    sierra dallas
    December 11, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Wow! what an idea! Such a pretty kids art desk. I just loved it. Must say I need it for my baby. Thanks for sharing this cute though.

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    Margot Robbie
    January 16, 2018 at 7:10 am

    What a though! Really such a colorful kids art desk ideas. It will inspire kids creative work and build creativity. Thanks for sharing such a lovely ideas. I loved it so much.

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    Lois
    March 19, 2018 at 3:00 am

    Do you recommend if the study table is just next to the art table?

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      Jean Van't Hul
      March 19, 2018 at 11:59 am

      I think that could be okay, Lois. How old are your kids? You could always try it out for a bit and see how it’s going…

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