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 has been a teacher of photography and art to elementary students in a variety of settings. Rachel lives in Portland, Maine and loves going on adventures outdoors 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 (22 months); and dog, Baxter
Most likely to be eating: Some sort of 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, art (especially with kids!), traveling, traditions.
Surprising fact: I once biked from Pittsburgh, Pa to Washington, DC. It nearly killed me. And our bikes got stolen at the very end. But we saw that White House! I’d do it again. Maybe.
To contact The Artful Parent team, email us at [email protected]