Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by. I live with my family in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. I am passionate about children’s art and creativity and want to share that passion with you.
On THE ARTFUL PARENT, I share ideas, information, and inspiration to encourage you to enjoy and share art with the kids in your life (whether in your home or your classroom). I write about children’s art, seasonal crafts, and family fun. You can expect:
- EASY and FUN kid-friendly arts and crafts
- Unique Ideas as well as Tried-and-True Favorites
- A Useful Resource with hundreds of art activities to keep your family happily creating and learning day after day
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A bit about my art background, our children’s art group, and why I started blogging
After my first daughter was born, my interest in art was revitalized and I realized that I wanted to raise her in an art-rich environment and to encourage her creativity and imagination as much as possible. I read Young at Art by Susan Striker and First Art by MaryAnn F. Kohl, and thus guided by their ideas, I started the Toddler Art Group with several other moms and their toddlers. We met weekly and did everything from body painting and papier maché bowls to printing with flowers and making our own puffy paint. We also returned to the basics (painting, drawing, and collaging) again and again. For more about the Toddler Art Group, see FamilyFun‘s profile or the Mothering magazine article, “Small Hands, Big Art” (Jul/Aug 2007). And if you are interested in starting your own group, here are some tips.
I started The Artful Parent partly to chronicle and share the experiences with the children’s art group, and also as a way for me to focus more on what it means to me to be an artful parent. I want to parent in a way that encourages creative expression, imagination, joyfulness, and a love of learning, not just in my daughters but in our entire family. I wanted to welcome others to join me as I attempted to be an artful parent.
My Art Background
I drew and painted my way through childhood, then went on to study art history and studio art at Wellesley College. My first jobs after graduating were at an art museum and an art magazine, although I later left the art world to work in nonprofit development.