I am really excited about being a part of Jean Van’t Hul’s blog tour for her new book, The Artful Parent. I have followed Jean’s blog, also titled, The Artful Parent for many years. In fact she was one of the first blogs I discovered and was inspired by as I was contemplating starting my own. While I have always loved Jean’s work, I must say that she has blown me away with her book.
The Artful Parent will be a go-to resource for parents and teachers for many years to come. Not only does her writing inspire parents to nurture their children’s creativity, the simplicity of her directions and her inspiring photographs gently nudges parents to take risks and explore.
It was really hard to choose just one activity to share with you, because there are so many in the book that I can’t wait to try with the girls. The Artful Parent includes many art experiences that I have wanted to explore but always felt a bit too intimidated to dive into such as; working with clay, plaster of paris, printmaking, batik, and the list goes on. It is a pleasure to skim through the Jean’s book and see how these amazing art projects can be so simple, yet so meaningful. It is Jean’s ability to simplify the complex that makes this book so accessible and encouraging for parents and children of all ages.
Being a big fan of creating self-portraits, we were captivated by the idea of creating them on a mirror. The girls focused on the lines they saw on their faces and drew one feature at a time. The window markers and mirror were exciting new materials that kept them captivated through the whole process.
We can’t wait to follow-up with another one of Jean’s suggestions, which is to have two people look at each other through a glass door or window and take turns drawing self-portraits of one another…
Make sure to visit the other stops of Jean’s Blog Tour (so many of my favorite women!)…
- March 18 – Tinkerlab
- March 22 – Handmade Charlotte
- March 28 – Nurture Store
- March 30 – Make and Takes
- April 1 – Red Ted Art
- April 2 – Kids Activity Blog
- April 3 – Pink and Green Mama
- April 4 – Peas & Carrots Studio
- April 8 – Not Just Cute
- April 9 – Creative with Kids
- April 10 – Imagination Tree
- April 11 – Let’s Lasso the Moon
- April 14 – Teach Preschool
- TBA - Modern Parents, Messy Kids
- TBA - No Time for Flash Cards
- TBA - Inner Child Fun