Kids Art Space :: How to Create One that will Get UsedShare4.0KPin2.8K6.8K SharesRelated Posts Art in Action with Kids Art Videos Why Having An Art Space Isn’t Just About Art Kids Art Room Ideas and Inspiration On September 19, 2014 • By Jean Van't Hul 33 About Jean Van't HulChildren's Art Enabler, Mother of Two, Lover of Cherry Pie and Nature Previous Post How I Finally Learned How to Use My DSLR Camera! Next Post The BEST Family Board Games By Age 33 Comments Reply Jennifer September 19, 2014 at 10:57 amJust like you said, its in the heart of the house where art gets done. Where everyone is coming and going. We use our kitchen table which is surrounded by windows, or the kitchen counters, or the coffee table in the living room. I lay everything out and they jump right in once I tell them everything is ready. Reply Jean Van't Hul September 23, 2014 at 12:05 pmLove that you say the art gets done in the heart of the house. :) Reply Katie Harding September 19, 2014 at 11:41 amThanks for the tips, I definitely want to transition the art space from our kitchen counter to a designated table that I’m not afraid to get dirty! Reply Jean Van't Hul September 23, 2014 at 12:04 pmGood luck, Katie! And you’re welcome! Reply Adena September 19, 2014 at 12:05 pmGreat ideas! Where did you get the table top easel with room for a roll of paper? I would love to add that to our art “stuff!” Reply Alison September 22, 2014 at 1:48 pmI was wondering the same thing and found another post about the drawing desk here:https://artfulparent.com/2014/03/slanted-kids-drawing-table-ergonomic-portable.html Reply Jean Van't Hul September 23, 2014 at 11:58 amOh, thanks for sharing that, Alison! Reply Jean Van't Hul September 23, 2014 at 12:04 pmAdena, I see that Alison responded too, but yes, here’s the post about the drawing table. We love it and use it all the time! https://artfulparent.com/2014/03/slanted-kids-drawing-table-ergonomic-portable.html Reply Megan @ The Art Pantry September 19, 2014 at 12:37 pmGreat post- I completely agree! This can be hard for people who don’t want their art spaces near their living areas, but it is absolutely the best way to ensure that kids will use the space. Another big perk is that it helps young kids to be more spontaneous and independent in their art-making. Thanks for including my service in your resources :) Reply Jean Van't Hul September 23, 2014 at 12:03 pmYes, absolutely, Megan! And you’re so welcome! :) Reply Anne Pisarik September 19, 2014 at 1:54 pmWe used to use our kitchen table – but it became a pain to constantly clean off for meals. My five year old daughter tends to have day-long art making projects that take up quite a bit of space. We moved all of her stuff to the basement, but as it was said in this article – she wanted to be where we were. We ended up transforming our rarely used dining room into an art studio by purchasing some fairly inexpensive furniture and storage solutions from Ikea. This space is right off of our main kitchen and living space and she is much happier being close to everyone else! I do still have major issues with her leaving messes… I am thinking of limiting the art materials she has access to. That girl can go through a roll of scotch tape in no time! My husband made an art display wall by framing chicken wire with barn board. I like this solution because it accommodates any size of artwork. Reply Jean Van't Hul September 23, 2014 at 12:02 pmThanks for sharing your experience, Anne! I’d love to see a picture of that art display wall, by the way! :) Reply Laura September 19, 2014 at 2:04 pmGreat post! Ironically, however, this meets us right after moving our art space to a previously underutilized room.We used to have a table/supplies in the family room, but when the baby started climbing onto the chairs, eating the colored pencils, and grabbing everyone’s artwork, something had to change.They stopped doing art! It was so sad! So we moved them over to the neglected front room of the house. Now they have to ask to be lifted over the baby gate, which is a pain. If I were wealthy, maybe a gate with a door would do the trick. But it is temporary; soon enough the littlest will be wreaking havoc and/or doing art over there too.I say this to encourage those with a range of ages, because there is no perfect solution. I just try to reevaluate as often as possible, using the resources that I already have to “remake” the art space. If you don’t spend any money on it, you won’t be too personally invested to change it if it isn’t working. Reply Jean Van't Hul September 23, 2014 at 12:01 pmSo true, Laura. There is no perfect solution, especially when you are dealing with sibling accessibility issues and transitions between stages like that. Good for you for being flexible and trying different ways to make it work! Reply sheryl October 19, 2014 at 12:17 pmMy eldest is a sit down type of girl who likes to create ‘worlds’ which where intricately set up, youngest was moved and didn’t know better about not touching the creations, so we purchased a large 8 sided wooden Playpen and put it around our eldest daughter so her creations stayed in one piece. I also didn’t like the thought of ‘penning’ the younger one as she was so active. Reply Dena September 19, 2014 at 2:05 pmI have a 1000 sq ft home, and I even fit a really nice, but simple art space right in-between our living and dining area. If we are doing something really big we go to the dining table but I find having her own table with small size chairs really nice. We used to have a small table but just recently I made a table for her that is big enough to fit 2 kids without their papers touching each other and plenty art supplies. I just bought cheap wood from lowes and some hair pin legs and voila, a really nice table that I varnished enough for easy clean up. I have a few tin buckets with markers, scissors, hole puncher, etc. And then an egg carton with little bits and pieces of this and that for an anytime collage. This way she has the freedom to use it on her own or I set up an art project as well. I bought 2 ghost chairs (fairly inexpensive) so the area could still be considered somewhat stylish (at least to me!) Of course all this was inspired by the many lovely art spaces the artful parent has had on here. Reply Jean Van't Hul September 23, 2014 at 12:00 pmOh, thanks so much for sharing, Dena! I’d love to see pics of your spaces! Reply Amanda September 20, 2014 at 7:42 amGreat post! A random question, do you know about those red and white curtains with tear shapes? I love them! Do you know the maker of the curtain or the fabric? Thanks! Reply Jean Van't Hul September 23, 2014 at 11:59 amAmanda, those curtains are from Ikea. :) Reply Shayma September 20, 2014 at 5:11 pmI’ve got a big open plan kitchen with a dining table that gets used for art. But I’ve also got two desks facing each other near a window for my girls to work on without having to worry they need to clean up at meal times. It’s lovely even though we have a light and airy loft space to work in. That’s just too far being 2 floors up lol. Reply Jean Van't Hul September 23, 2014 at 11:58 amWish I could see your spaces in person!! Sounds wonderful! Reply Jenny September 23, 2014 at 12:40 pmThank you Jean! You may have finally liberated me from forcing us all into a darkish extra bedroom for our art making. I’ve been trying to organize this messy little room for so long but can’t stand to be in there even to clean it. I think we’ll go storage all the way and keep that door shut :) As for art, we create all over the house and out into the yard. And yes, it gets pretty messy at times. But with a 2 and 5 year old, I can’t let any darling drawings or paintings go undone. My just turned 2 year old son was bringing me circles on index cards last night while I was cooking dinner (just like his sister). We use half of our long living room for art and play, a table in the dining room, the kitchen floor and table, the deck and patio, etc. We recently had a refrigerator box set up in the living room and it looked like subway graffiti before I moved it out. So much fun. It helps that I like very little furniture in rooms!! Love your book and website. Thanks! Reply Sara Levasseur September 26, 2014 at 4:21 pmBecause my art studio is in our basement, I recently added it a desk and easel and small play space for my daughter. Even though the basement is dark, it really works well and we’ve done a lot to make it a more pleasant space (added a lot of lights and lamps, as well as about 10 indoor plants). Our house is about 950 square feet upstairs, so using the basement allows us to spread out and have projects going for multiple days (and I don’t stress about the mess). We also added a swing from one of the ceiling rafters, so my daughter will paint a little, swing for a while, and go back to painting. I agree that it really only works because it’s a space I spend time in (and want to spend time in)- and it makes me happy to share it with her. Reply Jean Van't Hul October 8, 2014 at 5:28 amSounds lovely, Sara! Reply Katie October 6, 2014 at 12:31 pmHi there. I love your blog, thanks for all the ideas. I was wondering if anyone knew where I could get an easel like the one in the above photograph. I would love one that is tabletop but lays flat instead of standing upright. Would appreciate any tips, thanks!! Reply Jean Van't Hul October 8, 2014 at 5:27 amKatie – That drawing table is wonderful! We use it all the time! Here’s my post about it: https://artfulparent.com/2014/03/slanted-kids-drawing-table-ergonomic-portable.html Reply Kylie October 19, 2014 at 1:53 amLovely perspective – thanks!! We have a beautiful little art space on our verandah… Here in Queensland Australia even in winter the days are warm enough to paint and create in the shade on our deck. The girls 1 & 3 love it and all can be ‘hosed down’ for a clean every now & then :-) Reply Marta October 19, 2014 at 3:30 amThanks for sharing all ideas:) We love them all. We display our art – my child is 3 year old – on the cork board and fridge in the kitchen and frames in her bedroom. We also give them away to family members-they put them on the walls too. Reply Caitie October 19, 2014 at 8:59 amI loved this post. We have converted our living room to a playroom and there is a lot of space for art in our playroom, including easy access to all art materials. Friends often cringe when they come over our house because they cannot fathom that our children can reach paint and glitter and glue. Reply Becky October 19, 2014 at 9:20 amWe have a large bin that is designated as our craft bin at Nana’s house. All of our supplies, as well as table and floor covers, newspapers, etc. are stored in the bin. Whenever we are ready to craft, everything in one place to create where ever the family action is, be it upstairs at the dining room table or downstairs in the family room. When we are finished the bin is filled with everything and is ready to stow away and store any supplies for the next craft, such as empty egg cartons, containers, etc. Reply Ana October 29, 2014 at 7:32 amGreat post! Our most heavily used art space is the breakfast nook which is really now the “art room.” So true about it being in the heart of the home. Reply Surabhi April 27, 2015 at 12:04 amVery true that a space in the heart of activities will be utilized and otherwise left for itself to fetch!Its my first hand experience, glad i realized it before i could have blamed my son for not playing where he Should!!they need our attention and involvement even if its as little as providing them with the activity kit!! and being around they feel connected of sorts. My son is 4.5 years old and very often he needs my involvement in all the painting and art activities that he does, except his car race games ;)Thanks!!! Reply Diana Auerhammer @ ParentWhiz July 11, 2015 at 2:08 pmWhat a great article! As a therapist, I am always encouraging parents to gather art supplies for their children as a way to help their children be more calm and focused. Lost in time with their art! The best space for art is one that does not have to be put up and taken down every time the child does art. So, probably not the kitchen table. Houses are small and it can be hard for parents to find such a space. I try to emphasize that the “mess” is not important if the space is well chosen. I will reference this article on the ParentWhiz blog. Thanks! Looking forward to more as I read your blog!Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyName * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.