It's fun to see the projects your child brings home from art classes at Museo Art Academy. But maybe you're itching to make art with your child at home. After all, being hands-on in each aspect of your child's life helps them feel connected to you and confident of your support in their interests. This includes being involved with art!
If you don't consider yourself to be the creative type, it can seem daunting to plan and execute art projects at home. Luckily, no one expects you to come up with college-level art lessons...leave that to us! Even the simplest art activity counts. Here are a few ways to become more hands-on with your child when it comes to making art at home.
Create a Portable Art Bucket
Maybe you've avoided making art at home with your child because you simply don't have the supplies (or they're strewn about the house in various nooks and drawers). Make a portable art bucket with simple supplies. Take your artsy child to Walmart or Michaels and pick out basics like:
-plain white printer paper
-watercolor paints and brushes
Then add fun extras like:
-tiny pom poms
Bring out the portable art bucket whenever your child says they're bored. You'd be surprised how fun it is to just sit and make something together without a prompt or a lesson. Believe us, your child will find something to make. And if you're stumped, try making a monster or a popsicle stick puppet.
We've all been stuck at the doctor's office or the car wash with nothing to do. Instead of relying on the iPad, stash a little notebook and a couple of pens in your car or purse. Encourage your child to draw something they see, then take turns adding to the picture until you've drawn the scene in front of you. Or take turns drawing each other, then sign and frame your work!
Use Art as a Reward
If your creative child can't get enough art, use it to your advantage and present art-making time as a reward. If they finished their chores early or came home with a nice note from their teacher, set aside an hour to do something artistic with your child. This could include making a larger art project (like a hand-painted doll house or a personalized, painted skateboard). Or you can take them to a local museum on a mommy/daddy date.
Let Your Child Teach You
When you really feel unqualified to make any kind of project that resembles good art with your child, we understand. Instead of taking the reigns on an art project with the suggestions above, let your child teach you. They learn a lot at Museo Art Academy and would probably be excited to show off what they know! Ask them to teach you what they're making in class step-by-step. This not only reinforces their learning, but lets them feel like an expert, which boosts their confidence. The perk for you? You don't have to plan a thing.
Maybe you're already a hands-on art parent. What insights or tips do you have for other parents? Share them in the comments below. We'd love to hear your opinion!
Have you ever been to a Friday Night Event at Museo Art Academy? Each Friday of the month, you can find instructors and students making art in the studio. We're excited for this Friday's Pizza & Picasso Night featuring Claude Monet! (Other Friday Night Events include Masters Night and Manga Night.)
Bring your kids to the studio this Friday to experience the awesomeness first-hand. The workshop starts off with a pizza dinner and fun facts about that night's featured artist. Then the instructor leads the class in an art activity.
Pizza & Picasso Night is a great event for kids ages 6 and up. We encourage students to come with friends and be prepared to have a blast! Many of our students sign up for multiple Pizza & Picasso Nights in advance because they enjoy them so much. This is a great excuse for parents to have a relaxing date night while kids are at Museo Art Academy. You can feel good knowing your child is learning, making friends, and having a blast while you're away. Or, if your child enjoys art, but your schedule doesn't allow for weekly classes, you can start with a few Friday Night Events to spark their creativity.
Past artists have included George Lucas (mastermind behind the Star Wars world), Edgar Degas, Nintendo's Pokemon, and the art of Disney's Zootopia. For upcoming events, check out our schedule here. We're excited for this week's event, featuring Claude Monet.
Have you ever been to the Wine Walk downtown? It's a fun "first Friday" series that offers wine tastings and fun events at various venues throughout downtown Issaquah. We're happy to partner with the city to provide fun art projects at each Wine Walk this year from February through June.
The first night is on February 5th. We'll be in the library making fun linocut prints. Stop by to say hi and make one yourself!
Being the awesome and supportive parent that you are, you're always looking for new ways to connect with your child. If your son or daughter can't get enough of all things art, you might consider adding art journaling to your list of projects to try out in the upcoming year. Art journals are essentially visual journals that combine sketches and writing. Your child might already keep a sketchbook to organize drawings, but they can take it to the next level by turning their sketchbook into an art journal with words and pictures intermixed.
The best part about this project is that you can do it with your child! Read on to learn more about how to start an art journal and ways to bond with your child by getting involved yourself.
We're so happy with the turnout of our first ever Manga Night at Museo. Manga Night is our newest Friday Night event (in addition to Pizza & Picasso and Masters Night). Over 20 people showed up to learn about Character Design with Miss Sarah! Students learned about body proportions and manga styling, then created their own characters with markers and watercolors.
Seating is already limited for our next Manga Night on February 12, so be sure to sign up early. If you're interested in diving deeper into the world of manga, check out our weekly classes here.
We love living in the Pacific Northwest. But after so many days of rain, your kids might be bouncing off the walls with pent up energy. When you've exhausted all of your go-to activities and resources (and there's still 3 days until art class), it's Museo to the rescue! We've come up with a compilation of fun art activities to keep your creative child happy on that 8th (9th, or 10th) day of rain.