Spring Activities… Pointillism with The Artful Parent

Last week my advanced copy of The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity arrived in the mail. I was beyond excited. Not only have I been a fan of Jean Van’t Hul’s incredible blog The Artful Parent forever, I’ve also been lucky enough to get to know her as a friend.

Spring Activities Pointillism with The Artful Parent

The Artful Parent is just as inspiring as I imagined it would be. Picking an activity to feature was difficult because there are so many I want to do RIGHT NOW! Jean has a way of making art a simple, fun learning experience. (And you know I’m a sucker for simple fun learning!)

Spring Activities… Pointillism

Spring Activities Pointillism with The Artful Parent

What you need: Cotton swabs, paint and paper.

We’ve been looking for things to do in spring and enjoying a lot of spring activities so I asked M and M to think of spring things for this project as well.

Spring Activities Pointillism with The Artful Parent
I explained that pointillism is using dots to create a picture. Using a scrap paper I made a few designs as an example.

Jean recommends looking at paintings by Seurat or other pointillists first. While I love the idea of extending learning in that way…  I was so excited to start painting I forgot that step completely! I think I will add it to our summer plan and give pointillism another go.

Spring Activities Pointillism with The Artful Parent

Jean reminds us to let kids explore. I’ve had a lot of practice with that… Little M generally makes up her own plan. Using a cotton swab was a new experience for her and letting her explore the way she wanted was important.

While The Artful Parent does include over 60 art projects, it’s also a great resource for parents looking to make art a way of life. Jean shares ways to plan for art, make space for art and encourage your budding artist. If you are looking to be inspired, this book is for you!

I did say this was an advanced copy… but don’t worry the release is April 9th! If you don’t want to wait until Tuesday you can preorder  The Artful Parent right now!

The Book Blog Tour

Do you want to see more? Follow along on the blog tour…

March 18 – Tinkerlab

March 22 – Handmade Charlotte

March 26 – Playful Learning

March 28 – Nurture Store

March 30 – Make and Takes

April 1 – Red Ted Art

April 2 – Kids Activity Blog 

April 3 – Pink and Green Mama

April 4 – Peas & Carrots Studio

April 6 – A Mom with a Lesson Plan

April 8 – Not Just Cute

April 9 – Creative with Kids

April 10 – Imagination Tree

April 11 – Let’s Lasso the Moon

April 14 – Teach Preschool

Have you tried pointillism with your little ones?

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