Artchoo Begins

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So. Welcome to my brand spanking new blog. I’m imploding with excitement to get this thing going, so I will just jump in even though it’s not totally finished.

I suppose by nature blogs are evolving animals, so don’t be surprised when you see little tweaks here and there.

I’ve always loved kids’ art, products, books and design, but it didn’t occur to me until recently to blog about these topics. I’m a little slow that way. I love the dichotomy of design for kids when it is simple but sophisticated, playful but perfectly executed. I love seeing the awkward, wonderfully open drawings that kids create, and the enthusiasm with which they make them. Kids need encouragement from us adults to keep creating and exploring art and design. They need to be surrounded by well-made toys and beautiful artwork. They need to know how these things are made, and they certainly aren’t learning very much of this in school. My third grader, for instance, has about an hour total of art education per week.

kids' early drawing

I am hoping this site will become a trusted resource for parents to find awesomely-designed kids’ products and learn more about providing art inspiration for their kids at home.  (If you at least surround your kids with art books and materials your kids will pick up things through osmosis….) I am going to provide links to and ideas for art lesson plans in case you want to delve in a little deeper. I’ll review products related to art and design for kids, show you amazing things that people have created for kids, and test out some art projects before your very eyes…

So, there you go. Please let me know if you’d like me to cover certain topics or if you have any brilliant ideas for me. My brain can barely contain everything I want to cover here, so expect a whole bunch of good stuff. Oh yeah, and thanks for reading and supporting me!

kids' self portrait paper collage


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  1. 05/02/2012 / 9:39 pm

    Love your site and can’t wait to see more!

  2. 05/02/2012 / 9:55 pm

    Congrats and great start to this great project! It is strange to me that children get such little art time in school when it really is the basis or at least a component of everything we consume!

  3. 05/02/2012 / 11:11 pm

    Girl you’re absolutely right about blogs evolving. mine has evolved and then morphed and then evolved again. lol i’m looking forward to your lesson plans. i’d be happy for anything for 3 yos. my son loves drawing circles. sometimes they’re daddy sometimes they are car wheels. whatever he wants them to be. my teens have been lucky enough to have 2 hours of art a week in school but i’ve always encouraged them by buying art supplies regularly since they were in Pre-K. i believe giving them the opportunity to be creative has contributed a lot to them being brilliant now. looking forward to visiting and learning

  4. 05/03/2012 / 2:03 am

    Yep. So sad- why is this not apparent and incredibly important to everyone in the world?

  5. 05/03/2012 / 2:04 am

    It’s so fun watching little kids draw and just decide what they’re going to turn the shapes into!

  6. 05/03/2012 / 7:40 pm

    Congratulations on your new project!! I love the idea of bringing art to kids through the things they play with and create, even though my kids are just about beyond toys.

    I hate that my kids are beginning that stage where they are more critical of their creations, and don’t put their heart and soul into everything they make. I think it’s because we don’t do enough to foster their creativity. I will continue to watch your new site for ideas!!

  7. 05/04/2012 / 3:32 am

    Oh! There really should be lots of talk about the wonderful illustrations in children’s books and media and how it inspires kids at home. There are so many fantastic artists for children. This is pretty exciting.

  8. 05/04/2012 / 3:48 am

    I love that period of unbridled creating! My daughter is getting so critical of her work, too, which I suppose is the natural progression to learning and getting better at anything, right? Part of my goal here is to get my kids used to making art every single day, even as they get older.

  9. 05/04/2012 / 11:03 pm

    Definitely lots of kids’ books illustrations and such. Love it love it love it.

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