The Artful Parent is not just Jean anymore! As the site has grown in so many ways over the years, we have added to the hands on deck helping out. Meet us below and learn about us, our families, favorite art supplies, and what we’re most likely to be doing on a free afternoon!
The Artful Parent team
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Jean Van’t Hul
Creator and Owner of The Artful Parent, Children’s Art Enabler. You can read more about Jean here.
Lives: In Asheville, NC
Family: daughters, Maia (12) and Daphne (8)
Most likely to be eating: Baha Fish Tacos at Taco Temple
Favorite art supply: Changes all the time! Currently liquid watercolors, sharpies, giant rolls of craft paper, oil pastels.
Most likely to be doing on a free afternoon: Walking in nature, picking up leaves and nature treasures, and taking pictures of flowers and beautiful things out in the woods.
Loves: Hiking, making art with kids, reading in coffee shops, the possibilities in a fresh pack of art supplies.
Photo of Jean taken by Rebekah Brackett of Brackett Studios
Project Manager, wearer-of-many-hats. Melissa joined the Artful Parent team in the summer of 2016. She is a parent, teacher, social worker, mess maker and lover of art supplies. She has a host of experience teaching and working with lots of different age groups, especially preschoolers, and a background in music.
Lives: In Asheville, NC
Family: spouse, Kyle; kids, Lucy (age 9) and Ezra (age 6); and 7 chickens
Most likely to be eating: Chocolate. Ice cream. Croissants. Yum. Now I’m hungry.
Favorite art supply: I can’t choose just one! Chalk pastels. Liquid watercolors. Washi tape.
Most likely to be doing with a free afternoon: Drinking a latte from PennyCup, heading up to the mountains with my adventurous crew.
Loves: Finding interest sounds in surprising places, sewing with unexpected materials, messy art, chocolate, hammocks, forest adventures with kids, berry picking, waterfalls, social justice.
Blog Editorial Assistant. Rachel became part of The Artful Parent team in Summer 2017. A family portrait photographer with a passion for working with kids, she also teaches photography and art to elementary age students. Rachel lives in Portland, Maine and loves going on adventures with her family. She looks forward to creating art with her son, William, and is excited for the day when he will prefer to use, rather than eat, the art supplies.
Lives: In Portland, Maine
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa
Family: my husband, Chris; son, William; and dog, Baxter
Most likely to be eating: dessert!
Favorite art supply: Liquid watercolors–discovered late in life and I’ve loved them ever since!
Most likely to be doing with a free afternoon: Hiking with the fam! Or chasing my toddler.
Loves: Exploring the great outdoors, making art with kids, traveling, traditions.
Each month we have a group of artists who write for The Artful Parent. Meet them below!
Danielle Falk, from Little Ginger Studio, is an Art Educator from Sydney, Australia. She has a background in Primary (Elementary) Education, is a cardboard hoarder, and loves any fluorescent art supply. Her business name, “Little Ginger Studio,” is named after her daughter (who hopefully will forgive her mum in time).
She started her Children’s Art School nine years ago when she realized many students lacked adequate opportunities for creativity in the day-to-day curriculum.
Little Ginger Studio hosts after-school visual arts programs that explore all manner of making, as well as exciting school holiday (vacation) workshops with a focus on big, messy creativity & contemporary crafts. Danielle loves nothing more than letting children of all ages loose on a pile of shiny new (or recycled!) art materials and watching their creativity ignite.
Samara Caughey is the owner of Purple Twig, an art studio for kids and families in Los Angeles, CA. She has a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in Photography and an MFA from USC in sculpture.
Samara has been creating art with children for 15 years and continues to be constantly surprised and delighted by watching kids explore materials to create their work. You can also find her on Instagram.
Catalina Gutierrez is the founder of Redviolet Studio, a mobile art experience for children. She is originally from Colombia but has been based in Miami for the past 10 years.
Catalina teaches after school art classes for preschool and elementary kids and sensory art & play classes for toddlers. She is very interested in the Reggio Emilia approach to education where the children lead their own learning process with the teacher being more of a facilitator rather than a voice who shows them where to look and what to find. She loves crafting with her boys and a good process art session.
Joanna Walker is the creator behind The Blue Barn which offers art experiences for children, and she teaches preschool art classes part-time. She’s a mom to four children ages 13, 11, 9 & 7.
If you’d like to see more ideas from Joanna, you can check out her blog, Blue Barn Living. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Her favorite place to hang out online is Instagram for the positive, supportive community of each other’s creativity– and there is SO much inspiration to be found.
To contact The Artful Parent team, email us at [email protected]