Photo of Jean Van’t Hul by Rebekah Brackett of Brackett Studios
The Artful Parent seeks to encourage you to enjoy and share art with the kids in your life. We are a resource for ideas, information, and inspiration. This includes children’s art, seasonal crafts, and family fun. You can expect:
- EASY and FUN kid-friendly arts and crafts
- Process art ideas that encourage open ended, fun art experiences for kids.
- A Useful Resource with hundreds of art activities to encourage kids’ creativity in the every day.
- The Artful Parent is full of tips for embracing children’s art and helping your family live more creatively.
- The Artful Year follows the four seasons with 175+ activities for seasonal and holiday arts and crafts. (Currently out of print but available as an e-book.)
- Invitation to Draw: 99 Drawing Prompts to Inspire Kids’ Creativity is full of drawing prompts that inspire kids’ creativity. It’s the perfect activity for kids during quiet time, transitions, travel, waiting at doctor’s office, restaurants, etc.
Jean drew and painted throughout her childhood, then went on to study art history and studio art at Wellesley College. Her first jobs included work at an art museum and an art magazine. She later left the art world to work in nonprofit development.
Jean realized after the birth of her firstborn, that she wanted to raise her child in an art-rich environment. She hoped to encourage her child’s creativity and imagination as much as possible. A few books that inspired her along the way about kids’ art, include Young at Art by Susan Striker and First Art by MaryAnn F. Kohl.
Jean started a Toddler Art Group (you can too!) with several other moms and their toddlers. They 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.
Over the years, The Artful Parent grew into an amazing team dedicated to encouraging creative expression, imagination and a love of learning for kids.
Where to begin
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