Meet The Artful Parent Team

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

Need to contact us? Send an email to [email protected]

Jean Van't Hul, Artful Parent owner and creator

Jean Van’t Hul

Creator and Owner of The Artful Parent, Children’s Art Enabler. You can read more about Jean here.

Family: daughters, Maia (14) and Daphne (10)
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.
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

                                                       Rachel Withers

Rachel Withers, Editorial Assistant at The Artful ParentEditorial Manager for The Artful Parent

Rachel became part of The Artful Parent team in Summer 2017.  Rachel lives in Portland, Maine and loves going on adventures with her family.  Before having kids, she taught photography & art in school enrichment & after school programs. Now she runs toddler & preschool art groups with both her kids!

Family: Chris, William (3), & Ella (1)
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 or biking my kids around in our cargo bike.
Loves: Outdoor adventures, making art with kids, traveling, traditions.

Gianna, General Assistant at The Artful ParentGianna Christia Bumanlag

Administrative coordinator for The Artful Parent

Gianna lives all the way in the Philippines! There’s a great chance that she’s the one responding to your queries or requests if you send an email to [email protected]. She likes working behind the scenes, and enjoys anything and everything art (digital or visual). She’s a graduate of Master in Business Administration and has been a part of The Artful Parent team since August of 2018.

Most likely to be eating: Cookies, Brownies, or a Brookie *winks*

Favorite art supply: Colored pencils for my grown-up coloring book, and Photoshop brushes and fonts for my digital artworks.

Most likely to be doing on a free afternoon: Hanging out with friends at a small, cozy coffee shop, or a picnic at the park. On a rainy day, watching Korean Dramas on Netflix!

Loves: Making digital art, exploring new restaurants, road tripping, and traveling abroad!

Contributing Writers

We have a group of artists who regularly write for The Artful Parent. Meet them below!

Danielle Falk

Danielle Falk of Little Ginger StudioDanielle 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.

Follow Little Ginger Studio on FacebookInstagram or Pinterest.

Samara Caughey

Samara Caughey of Purple TwigSamara 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

Catalina Gutierrez of Redviolet StudioCatalina 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.

Follow Catalina on Instagram and Facebook.


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