Build an Art Habit
We want our children to think imaginatively, build creative confidence, and experience a comfort with self-expression. Often life gets busy, time slips away from us, chores pile up, or supplies have gone missing, and we start to stack the excuses for skipping out on creative exploration.
The Art Habit can help you develop a weekly art rhythm where you will learn to set up meaningful art experiences that help children tap into their creative genius. I’ll walk you through which supplies to buy and how to organize your art space with little effort, and through a weekly diet of open-ended art prompts — how to set up an art habit that sticks.
This program is designed to fit your busy schedule, so while the commitment will be low, your potential for transformation is limitless.
My Art Habit Journey
When my parents enrolled me in kindergarten, we took a tour of the class I was slated to join and my mom was alarmed by the cookie-cutter art lessons she witnessed. My parents filed a transfer to another class, where I succeeded at happily painting my heart out in a celebration of individual expression and joyful art making.
That year, one of my easel paintings was selected for a district-wide art show. I remember the piece in full detail, and the thoughts that went through my mind as I created it.
There are so many pivots and bumps on our road to adulthood, but I credit my mother with this brave move to follow her heart and provide me with a chance at finding my creative voice.
We all have this opportunity to encourage children to trust their voice, tap into their ideas, and move with their imagination.
This is what The Art Habit is about.
A passion for art and creativity took me to graduate school and I worked in schools and museums with students from the ages five to seventy-five. When my first child was born I wanted to apply what I knew about arts education to the time we spent together.
I was enthusiastic, but also overwhelmed with so many possibilities. I invested in books, followed blogs, started my own blog on the road to self discovery, and searched for a road map that would divulge all of the trade secrets to building creative experiences for my child.
What I found on this joyous journey through art-making with young children is that it takes very little to bring out a child’s creative genius. Children are naturally gifted artists, and each of us has it in us to support this innate wisdom.
I also learned that building a routine around making is vital to working the creative muscle. The Art Habit is the roadmap, complete with lessons on how to support a child’s creativity, gentle suggestions on how to build ritual and rhythm around making, along with easy prompts that are vetted by children and classrooms.
I found what I was looking for and I’m eager to share this joy with you! I promise it’s attainable and that your child or classroom will be the better for it.
Each week also includes two art prompts and a supply list. Schedule is subject to change
- Week 1: Introductions, Set an Intention, Wishes and Dreams
- Week 2: Build an Art Habit, Set up and organize your art space
- Week 3: Process Art, Set up Successful Provocations
- Week 4: How to talk to children about their art
- Week 5: Sensory Experiences
- Week 6: Loose Parts
- Week 7: How to Keep Children Engaged
- Week 8: Artistic Development
- Week 9: Saving, Storing, and Sharing Art
- Week 10: Collaboration and Art Games
Who this class is for:
- Families who want an art plan of weekly activities that children will enjoy
- Parents who can commit to one art session each week.
- Parents who feel rushes and not well organized in their art efforts
- Preschool educators who want to learn more about open-ended art experiences
- Families who want fresh ideas to inspire their children
- Busy families who want their children to experience the joy of art-making
- Home educators who want to enjoy spending art time with their children
- Parents who want to supplement a school art curriculum
- Parents who don’t feel artistic and want inspiration
This class is not for:
- Parents or teachers who want cookie-cutter crafts that all look alike
- Anyone who doesn’t value process-oriented art experiences, self-expression, or curiosity
- Those who cannot invest two hours a week on art-making
The Art Habit | Spring 2017 includes
TIME-SAVING ACTIVITY PLANS
A welcome week where we will set up your art space for success, write intentions, learn about habits and how we can establish our own winning habits
2 prompts per week that will feel light and easy.
Activity plans are provided in PDF booklets that you can download and use again and again.
We will cover drawing, painting, sculpture, building, collage, and sensory activities
Extend It! Ideas for pushing the prompt into new territory
SUPPLY LISTS & CALENDARS
Weekly supply lists
How to set your Creative Space
How to set up Sensory Bins
Basic Supply list for making art with children
Clean up tips that work
The why and how behind process-based art
JOURNAL PROMPTS, ART RECIPES, PLAYLISTS, AND MORE…
Bonus: Community is such a big part of this experience, and you will receive an invitation to join a private Facebook book for sharing and support during our 10 weeks together.
Bonus: Spotify playlists that will get you moving and set a positive tone for your art making adventure.
Bonus: Facebook Q+A with Rachelle in the Facebook group
Bonus: Art Recipes such as play dough and homemade paint
What you will need:
- An email account.
- Internet connection to download materials.
- 1-3 hours each week for set up and clean up.
- A space to make art. This doesn’t have to be fancy. It could be a table, floor, patio, or countertop.
- Basic art supplies. A supply list will be sent to you ahead of time. You will probably have most of these supplies already. There will be some specialty supplies and I often include ideas on cost-conscious variations. I interviewed past participants and the cost is between $5 and $60, depending on what supplies you already have. The supplies you invest in can be used over and over again.
- A willingness to support process-based art making through play and experimentation
- A Facebook account (not required) to join the private Facebook group.
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