Let’s Discuss: The Artful Parent chapter 4

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One of our optional books for Mom’s reading this year is The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art & Creativity by Jean Van’t Hul. Read my review here. Over the next few months, let’s read and discuss this resource to see what we can learn from it and how we can apply it to our families.

Read Preparing for Art: Chapter 4 “Gathering Art Materials” pages 49–77

Consider the following thoughts and questions:

It is easy to let the ideas in this chapter overwhelm you. Use the top ten lists to begin building your stash. Which of the “Art Materials You Already Have” (pages 73–75) commonly live in your home? If you are interested, make a marker holder (pages 71–72). Make sure you choose a brand of markers that is easily accessible so you can replace them. Notice the essentials list on page 73:

  • Some sort of paint [we like watercolor cakes] ideally in red, yellow, blue, white, and black
  • Something to draw with (such as crayons or markers) [crayons preferred]
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Playdough
  • A glue bottle

I would add:

  • Pencils, no. 2 and colored
  • White paper
  • Colored paper (construction)
  • Card stock or index cards
One Response to Let’s Discuss: The Artful Parent chapter 4
  1. Susanna Denninger says:

    Each chapter I read of this book is so inspiring and helpful in making thoughts and goals of daily art do-able. I guess to me the whole thing has always been overwhelming and so I plan but do not execute. This has helped me put plans in to action.

    We have almost everything on the list of “everyday items around the house” and some we have used for art already. I have begun to grow the stash of materials. A local dollar store is liquidating and I have picked up a lot of things there for little… things like pom poms, pipe cleaners, sequins, googly eyes and then cheapo colored pencils. I have plans to get some better ones but the cheap ones will work for now. We use colored pencils for a lot of things in day to day lessons, not just art. We tend to go through them quickly.

    I have always leaned toward Crayola for crayons, markers, colored pencils, watercolors and for the most part have been pleased with them. Although I have found that in the back to school shopping, other brands of washable markers are much cheaper than Crayola. The suggestions in the book have made me much more broad in types and also quality. We are using a Sketch book for drawing that included a real artist’s pencil (charcoal) and real artisit pens (fine tip marker) and the quality is incredible compared to kids art supplies. So, there are things to pay more for that are worth it to get quality. We have older and younger children – the older ones don’t want to use the “little kid” supplies anymore. So, I would add an artist’s pencil to the list if your kid(s) are 8 or so.