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The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity--Includes over 60 Art Projects for Children Ages 1 to 8 Paperback – April 9, 2013
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The author has long been an inspiration for me through her blog, but I love how well she speaks to me in this book. A lot of the ideas in the book have been mentioned in her blog over the years, but many are expanded upon and tied in with developmental phases in the book. None of it was earth shattering to me, but art with children has been an interest of mine for years now, and I have read a lot on the topic.
What makes this book special? Well, I appreciate that the author has a laid back attitude about art. I like that she is a busy mother like me. I appreciate the projects she suggests and more specifically the suggestions she makes for making time and space for art in the home. Its a very practical approach and the voice of experience shines through for me.
Being already firmly rooted in the ‘process over product’ camp when it comes to approaching artmaking with kids, I ordered this book out of curiosity. I wondered whether it reveal something new or end up at the bottom of a pile of books I had high hopes for but probably won’t read. Since I didn’t yet know her approach well enough before reading her book, I didn’t know what to expect.
To my surprise, Van't Hul found a friendly and approachable way to ignite NEW excitement about what I already believe. After reading the book I felt encouraged as a parent in my effort to fill my own family's life with art and creativity. Though only a few of her project ideas in the book were new to me, I found myself thinking of ideas I could try in my home and at work right away. So, this book works for me exactly as I want it to, and as I think it was designed: helping me re-see ways for me to be a supporter, co-learner and facilitator of learning and fun with my children and students.
I particularly love that Jean shares an easy example of what a day filled with art looks like from a practical scheduling point of view. I realized I've been making too big of a production of our art efforts which is exhausting to mommy and means we do it less often. She simplifies the approach so you're more likely to offer the opportunity for creativity as part of a normal routine. My girls are going to definitely benefit from having this book in our home!
to complete with your children and fill your home or classroom with beauty.
The best part is that they are all focused on the "process" not the final "product"
(a mantra a repeated daily in my classroom as an art teacher)
and her children's work reflects it through out the book.
Jean's book is a wonderful and rare departure from the usual craft books filled with
beautifully styled projects for children that were obviously created by an adult.
The artwork in her book is child made and genuine. This book is filled with beautiful photographs of the process and the children with their finished projects, my own daughters enjoy flipping through it as much as I do. This will be my new go to book recommendation for parents of young children - a perfect Mother's Day gift with some art supplies! It is every thing I hoped it would be, just like having a copy of her blog to flip through for fun ideas and inspiration.
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A mother of two little girls told me she loved this book, and I can see why. It's full of inspiration and practical applications for taking your child beyond Play-Doh and coloring. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Editoria
What a great book with lots of information and ideas!! Thank you for the inspiration. I am now an #artfulteacher and #artfulgrandparent!Published 12 months ago by Lisbeth
I LOVED this book, i have a one year old and im interested in being an artfull parent and develope her creativity, this is the perfect guide to, it has the perfect balance between... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rosy Cuevas
I love her philosophy on art and creativity and the way she invites her children to participate in creative adventures without telling them to keep exact results in mind. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Judy W.