Kids Creating Art At Home
By Spramani Elaun
In this blog I’m going to highlight my best tips for kids creating art at home.
As a homeschool mom, I’ve spent many years working through many art projects and art supplies in my own home with my kids and students.
It all started many years ago in my kitchen, I started teaching my own children visual arts, then it blossomed into a home art school business – Nature of Art For Kids®!
If you want to learn more, I write detailed information in my art education books listed at the bottom of this blog.
Some of these answers come right out my published books.
Where should you teach art lessons?
The kitchen table can work for art project making. If you don’t want paint all over the place then you can set-up an art space in the basement or outside patio.
Over the years our home based art school moved around the house, when I wanted to demonstrate a special technique we would gather around the kitchen table. I really liked the kitchen because it was the easiest place to clean up and wipe spills away.
If the project is supper messy, we went out to the patio.
As my kids grew up their projects got more private, and they moved art making into their own room space.
But for the most part, my advise is you do art where you are most comfortable, and where the kids what to be.
My kids always wanted to be with me and where the action was in the kitchen, the central place of our home.
Can you teach your own kids?
Yes, you can teach your own kids art!
Children can learn basic art lessons just as easily as learning to walk.
Yes, you can get your own kids doing fun art projects like the art teacher pros.
You really don’t need to know how to paint or draw realistic pictures yourself to guide your child.
I’ve spoken to and lectured to thousands of parents on this topic, you and your child can learn together and get a great art education.
One of the most important things you should know is, kids ages 6 thru 12 years should not be learning difficult drawing or painting skills, until lots of process art making has taken place.
You and your kids can learn together and get more skilled together to learn more complex projects as they grow and get perfected.
Once a child has a great interest like drawing and whats professional help, you can guide them to take art classes locally or find self guided video classes online.
What art should you teach?
I’ve spent years perfecting this and trying to figure out what art topics are important children should learn. This list is based on my book recommendations on what a balanced visual art education should cover. I refer to them as the 5 domains of visual art education:
Modeling & Sculpture
Crafting & Building
In my books I dive a bit deeper on how to develop curriculum for different ages and what methods you can use.
You can find this information in Nurturing Children in The Visual Arts Naturally , and Introducing Visual Arts to The Montessori Classroom. I also have a painting book Kids Painting, Kids Color Theory and a book on clay modeling – Clay Play. You can buy these in paperback or eBook. All very helpful for the parent teaching home art classes.
What art supplies work well at home?
Here’s my list from one of my popular blog post on art supplies. Follow that link here to get details why:
In this post I shared some important topics if you want to teach art lessons in your own hone.
I’ve focused my business for years on this topic, I do recommend you check out some of my books to get all sorts of my life long tips I’ve mastered teaching my own two kids and art students. I cover every topic on teaching children visual arts.
Being artful at home can be achieved!
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Spramani Elaun is an American natural art teacher and author of several art education books for children. Spramani Elaun has nurtured visual art lessons for thousands of children. She is founder of Nature of Art For Kids® Art School, an Earth-friendly non-toxic paint manufacturer, and founder of Colour Blocks™–the original square block recycled crayon company—and Art Kids Zone venues across the West Coast.
Nurturing Children In The Visual Arts Naturally
New Book! Kids Painting
New Book! Clay Play