How to: Creative Kid Art Spaces

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kids' art space

“What if we put as much emphasis on art supplies and creative tools as we do on toys?” My favorite quote from Megan Schiller’s book, The New Playroom, and an idea I’m totally on board with.

I’ve pouted and whined a lot about how kids are not getting enough art in schools, but many aren’t getting much at home, either. I know it can be intimidating, or even overwhelming, to try to figure out how to encourage a child’s art-making if you don’t feel creative yourself.

gorgeous art space for kids

One of my favorite things in the world is getting emails from parents who have used some of my projects or ideas to inspire their kids. I love trying to come up with easy art projects that might appeal to kids or even adults who feel they aren’t creative.

organizing kids' art supplies

I think one of the perfect starting points for immersing your kids in art is setting up a creative space for them, no matter how small, and provide them with the opportunity to make.

I would shriek with unbridled glee if I could hire Megan to mosey on out here and set up an art space for my kids. While I know what projects to do with them, I stink at setting up organized spaces.

This is Megan’s forte. She is gifted at envisioning and creating the perfect art spaces for kids, and this book lays out a ton of her ideas and processes. It also includes fabulous guest pieces from some of the top kid art bloggers around.

art room for kids

She covers EVERYTHING in this book, so you can just take her brilliance as a jumping off point for setting up an amazing space. I was excited to see the amount of detail she went into for everything from thinking about table height to art supply storage to personal style.

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The New Playroom (PDF) Includes:

  • 34 pages of step-by-step instructions on how to set up an art space for kids
  • Tips on measuring, layout, organizing and more!
  • Inspiring photos and stories
  • Essential art supply list plus extra goodies
  • DIY projects
  • Tips on exploring art supplies with kids and keeping them engaged over time
  • Additional resources for shopping, design, and art activities
  • Free bonus guide (PDF) Invitations To Create: 30 days of easy art prompts

Launch Price $24

Regularly $29

To buy The New Playroom, click on the image below, and get your free 30 days of easy art prompts. Prepare to be inspired!

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  1. 05/10/2015 / 10:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing my guide, Jeanette! I’d love to come visit one day and help you get organized 🙂

  2. 05/12/2015 / 6:14 am

    I love how tidy these art rooms are! Mine needs a do-over!

  3. 06/24/2015 / 5:38 pm

    Thanks for the inspiring ideas on organizing this type of space – we are starting to organize our own nursery with an eye to the future for all kinds of creative possibilities!

    • 06/26/2015 / 1:44 pm

      Adding a creative space into a nursery sounds so fun! I just love these ideas, too. I can’t wait to move next year and do up an art space for my kids.

  4. Jeana Lewis
    07/03/2015 / 12:00 pm

    where did you get the baskets with the teal on the bottom?? Perfect art area.

  5. Dahlia
    10/12/2015 / 6:16 pm

    My husband went crazy and built a loft over the garage. I set up a bunch of art supplies, sorted the ribbons from the buttons from the random shaped plastic things from the paints from the pens – all sorted! This is going to be awesome, I sez to myself. Lesson learned: don’t unleash the kids in there by themselves. In an hour the girls and two neighbors threw everything all over, glitter, buttons, gluey bits of paper and sparkles everywhere. Pretty, but no one ever wanted to go upstairs into that mess again. Now I am downhearted trying to work up the energy to clean and sort again. Sigh. Maybe I can convert the loft to another use.

    • 10/15/2015 / 11:00 am

      Nooooo! Art supply explosions are scary things. You could always use it as a place to hide away from everyone, 🙂 or maybe play the “how much stuff can you girls pick up while I time you?” game. That always works like a charm. Sometimes.

  6. 05/10/2016 / 3:50 pm

    I love this! Where did you find the paper roll holder to put on the side of the table? I’ve been looking for something like that for my craft room 🙂

    • 05/13/2016 / 10:51 am

      Hi Susie! This post is actually a review of a book by The Art Pantry, so I’m not sure where she got it- but here’s her website if you want to contact her to ask- those rolls are so cool.

  7. Pam Sohan
    08/20/2016 / 6:10 pm

    I think the message should be that you don’t need some hyper organized, IKEA decorated space for our kids to do art. A couple baskets to hold supplies, paper to cover whatever flat surface they have available, and time to create. My kids always had art supplies available but we rarely had a dedicated space. The kitchen table, deck or driveway worked just as well. Just be careful, availability of art supplies through out childhood, it could lead to your youngest child attending Savannah College of Art & Design LOL

    • 08/21/2016 / 7:37 am

      Yes, be careful of creativity- who knows where it can lead. 🙂 I never had a dedicated art space, either, but I so love these gorgeous, designed spaces. Even though you know they don’t stay perfect for very long…

  8. Alison
    10/11/2016 / 11:22 am

    Where did you get the 4 bucket organizers (the teal one pictured with four buckets together and a handle in the middle, as well as the white oval buckets that have the dot paint in them?

    Beautiful space and thank you!

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