Mirrored Self-Portraits with The Artful Parent

March 26, 2013

Mirrored Self-Portraits with The Artful Parent...

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.

Mirrored Self-Portraits with The Artful Parent

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.

Mirrored Self-Portraits with The Artful Parent

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!)…


Mariah Bruehl is a parent, educator, and author of the book Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder (Shambhala Publications, 2011). In 2008 Mariah brought her expertise online, creating the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal award-winning Web site Playful Learning. In 2011 she launched the Playful Learning Ecademy, which takes virtual-learning experiences to a new level by incorporating the best practices in education with engaging hands-on lessons, bringing parents and children together from all over the world into a unique, creative, community environment.


  1. Sarah M said on March 26, 2013 #

    I, too, have loved Jean’s blog and preordered her book. We have found a lot of fun projects that we do over and over again through her blog. Thanks for sharing this sneak peek, we have window markers–we are going to do this today!
    Sarah M

    • Mariah said on March 26, 2013 #

      Thanks Sarah! The window markers are fun :-)

  2. Amy E said on March 27, 2013 #

    Looks like fun! Do you think you will do a tour of the atelier? Looks like a great space!

    • Mariah said on March 27, 2013 #

      Thanks Amy! Yes, I have a couple of fun tours coming up in the near future…

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