Artful Parenting 101

Learn to use art as part of your parenting toolkit to improve family life, have more fun, & foster kids' creativity.

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Become the creative family you want to be...

Would you like to foster your children’s creativity through art, but don’t know where to start or would like some guidance along the way?

If so, this is the course for you. 

I’ll guide you through setting up an art space, choosing the best art supplies, incorporating art into your everyday life, using art invitations, and best ways to encourage creativity. As we go through this course, you’ll learn to prepare your home and family for long term creativity and fun.  

 

Foster Creativity at Home

Artful Parenting 101 will give you the tools and inspirations you need to

  • build connection through creativity
  • create an inviting art space & stock it with the art supplies you need to inspire creativity
  • craft art invitations that fit the art to the child
  • encourage creativity with process art and experimentation
  • rock as an artful parent!
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Artful Parenting 101

This online course is divided into three powerful modules:

Lay the Foundation

Lay a strong foundation for the creative family you want to be. You’ll learn how to set up an inspiring art space, stock the best art materials for kids’ art, use simple art invitations, match the art activity to the child, foster creativity through process art, make time for art, and rock it as an artful parent.

Do Fun Art Activities

Foster children’s creativity and development with fun art activities you can do at home. Encourage kids to draw with confidence and use nature as inspiration. Learn how to plan for art, do group art activities, and why messy, action, and sensory art are important for children's development.

Creativity + Connection

Connection and creative activities work hand in hand to improve family life while fostering long-term creativity and self confidence. Make easy tweaks in your family so you can lay the foundation for a lifetime of creativity, self-confidence, and success.

About Artful Parenting 101

This course is set up for you to work through at your own pace and convenience. Components of each lesson include:

  • An Engaging Lesson to help you lay a strong creative foundation for your family. The lesson will be available both as a audio-visual presentation and a PDF printable.
  • Videos to watch that demonstrate fundamental aspects of the lesson
  • Worksheets to help you apply the lesson to your family and life
  • Printable Activity Sheets to do with your kids to practice the artful parenting skill being taught
  • An Accompanying Resource Guide to refer to as you implement ideas
  • Action Steps to help you put the lesson's idea into practice
  • Guided Emails to help you work through the course material
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Want to learn how to fit art into your day? How to foster creative confidence? Or how to set up an inspiring art space?

These are just 3 of the many topics we'll cover in the Creative Family Foundation module. Lesson topics include...

Build Creative Connections

Build stronger connections and foster creative self confidence in simple ways that you can fit into your family's life now.

Create Spaces That Inspire

Set up a children's art space that they'll gravitate toward and tweak or transform home spaces to better foster creative activity.

Stock Up on Art Supplies

Learn the best art materials for children of different ages, what you truly need, and how accessible to make them.

Simple Art Invitations

Use art invitations to engage your children creatively and match the art to the child, taking into consideration age, stage, skills, and interests.

Think Outside the Box

Foster children's creativity with open-ended process art activities, experimentation, and asking What if... and I wonder... questions.

Rock It As An Artful Parent

How to pull it all together and be an artful parent your own way! Plus tips for making time for art when life gets too busy.

Want to build up a creative arsenal of simple, hands-on kids' art activities? Learn how to foster creative confidence? Or how to offer messy art experiences without destroying your home or your sanity?

These are just 3 of the many topics we'll cover in the module on Kids' Art Activities. Lesson topics include...

Get Started with Kids' Art

Build stronger connections and foster creativity through process art, experimentation, and asking What if... questions.

Drawing Skills & Confidence

Encourage creative confidence while also teaching drawing skills and techniques in age-appropriate ways.

Nature Art & Inspiration

Let nature inspire your art and creativity all year round. Plus, make nature-based arts and crafts.

Messy & Sensory Art

Creative activities are great for bringing together different personalities & ages, creating shared purpose, easing transitions, and FUN.

Art for Groups & Playdates

Creative activities are great for bringing together different personalities & ages, creating shared purpose, easing transitions, and FUN.

Planning for Art

Make time and space for art even in your family's busy life with guidance, a creative wishlist, and a planning calendar.

Fostering Creativity at Home

This course includes lessons that guide you through a foundational aspect of family creativity, including art spaces, materials, and using creative invitations. The lessons are available for you to watch & listen to or to print out and read.

Printable Worksheets & Guides

Each lesson includes a worksheet to help you think through your own creative process and evaluate how to fit the lesson into your own family's life. Weekly resource guides help you find the materials we recommend.

Creative + Fun Activities for Your Children

You'll receive creative activities as stand-alone printables to do with your children. These include process-oriented art activities such as painting, drawing, collage or sculpture that correspond to the lessons.

Videos to Demonstrate Key Concepts

Helpful videos wll show you how to integrate key components of artful parenting (such as Simple Art Invitations) into your everyday life.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT ARTFUL PARENTING 101

I have loved this course. It has changed my way of thinking and has gotten me to think more about encouraging art and creativity in my family. The knowledge I learned has transformed the way I do things in my home! -Brooke, Colorado, USA 

An inspiring course which re-energised our creative play. It gave me a quick reference guide so I could pull something together quickly. It was also great to engage with an international creative community! - Kirsty Strachan, Wiltshire, UK

This eCourse changed my way of incorporating art in our family life. It made me focus on how to talk to kids on their art, it gave me a ready made schedule for activities, and it inspired me to do my own versions of art activities. I am in love with art, and this eCourse made me love it even more as it re-connected me with my kids. Thanks, Jean!!!! - Marwa Abuelnasr, Egypt

This course was chock-full of ideas. I loved that I was asked each week to really think and reflect on where my family is and where we'd like to be in our creativity. I will be looking over this resource over and over in the future! -Anne Berg, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Having activity ideas fresh in my mind is so helpful & makes it much more likely that we'll do something. Jen D, Rio Rancho, NM, USA

Today I found myself with 5 children to entertain, ranging in age from just under 3 to 7, and so we tried out the beaded bubble wands. So much fun!! Even after we were done with the bubbles, we continue creating with the dowels, pipe cleaners, and beads for a loooooong time. Thank you for this!!!! -Virginia S., Seattle, WA, USA

I think the best part of this course is that now I can see things in a different way... Everything is an excuse to explore and think about why things work like they do. - Crilibru, Colombia

A Passion for Creativity

Hi there! 

My name is Jean Van't Hul and I will be your friend and guide throughout this course, helping you to foster creativity in your family through kids' art activities. 

As the founder of The Artful Parent blog and the author of two books, I have years of experience making art and creativity easy and fun for families. I will give you the tools, info, and inspiration to help you connect through creativity and encourage experimentation as you do fun art activities with your kids.

I'm a mother to two children, ages 9 and 13, and live in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina in the United States. I have a degree in art history and studio art from Wellesley College, and years of working in arts organizations, but it wasn't until I became a parent that the pure potential of art and creativity gelled in my mind. 

I am passionate about helping children reach their creative potential and I look forward to helping you create a strong creative foundation for your family!

FAQs

This course is designed for parents and caregivers who want to raise creative kids. The material is best suited for those with children ages 2 through 10. 

This course is self-guided; you can sign up and take it at any time. Once you enroll, you'll receive access to all course materials. It's divided into 3 modules for you to work through at your own pace.

This 3-module course costs $297 with a one-time payment or you can choose a 3-month payment plan. 

Yes, absolutely! That's the beauty of an online course. :) You can take it from anywhere! 

Absolutely! You don’t have to feel confident in your own artistic abilities in order to foster your children’s creativity. In fact, this course would probably be perfect for you as I think it would give you tools and strategies for encouraging art and creativity in your household (plus the confidence to do it more regularly). It might even help you with confidence about your own creativity… 

f you have and use my books and my blog extensively, and don't need help with integrating the material into your life, then you probably don't need this course. If you would like some help in making creativity a priority, with action steps and a supportive, like-minded community, then I think you could benefit from the course, even if you have my books and read my blog. I think it mostly depends on you and how much you have incorporated art and creativity into your family's life on your own... If you're still not sure, feel free to sign up for the course and try it out! If it's not for you, you can ask for a refund within the first 30 days. 

I'd imagine that some of the material would be relevant to you and some not so much as I am focusing on parents and the home with this particular course. Because of your work, though, I think you would enjoy the course and find plenty of information to use with your students and to share with their families. You can always give the course a try and if you find it's not ideal for you, you can ask for a refund (within 30 days). 

Once you enroll, you'll have access to all of the course material. I recommend that you download and/or print the written course material and keep it to refer to again and again. It's yours forever!

I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund. 

If you have a question that is not answered here or in the course description above, please feel free to e-mail The Artful Parent team at [email protected]!

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Artful Parenting 101 is my complete, step-by-step course to help you foster your children’s creativity for the long-term so they become innovative doers, thinkers, and problem solvers.

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