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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 books about kids’ art, including Young at Art by Susan Striker and First Art by MaryAnn F. Kohl.
Guided by the ideas I came across, I started a 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.
If you are interested in starting your own kids’ art group, I have written a guide on how to start a children’s art group.
I also wanted to welcome others to join me as I attempted to be an artful parent.
Started The Artful Parent was partly a way 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.
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