Why encourage art at home?

Over the last few days I have been thinking a lot about the reasons WHY I encourage art at home. The reason for all this thinking is that I have been deep in the depths of planning this online art class and asking myself “why am I doing this?” and “what do I want MY children to learn?” Those are the big questions in my head right now. So why am I doing this online art class? I have to admit that part of the answer to this question is that I am probably a little insane. Having that said, the main reason for the art class is so that I can spend more one-on-one time teaching my own children, and have the bonus of documenting the projects for my own future reference and as a fun memory for my family. Every art class I have taught was to benefit my children – because I am a mom and that is my job. Inviting other kids to join in the class also benefited my children by making it more fun and by using the money earned to buy more art supplies. However, there is another important reason why I love the idea of the online art class and that is to share these ideas with other moms and hopefully help them to teach their own children. Simple right? That is what I keep reminding myself as the interest in the class grows.  My focus is on my children and what I want them to learn and get out of this class – and I think that is what any parent following along at home would want my focus to be.

So why do I encourage art at home? There are many reasons. First and foremost it is FUN! Some of my absolute favorite memories with my children have been while making a big truck out of cardboard or splattering paint all over a canvas or seeing their cute little doodles all over the house. My kid’s artwork is so precious to me. Art teaches my children that they should never be afraid to make a mistake, because there are no such things as mistakes in art and anything can be art. It allows them to express themselves in their own way and have something to be proud of that is completely unique. Art opens up a world of possibilities and never ceases to provide new challenges to overcome. I believe that every child is born with a desire to CREATE and that it is important for parents to allow them to tap into that creativity. For preschool aged children, there is no better way to help them develop their fine motor skills than to give them a crayon and just let them draw. Those are just some of the reasons I wish to incorporate art into our home. I have never wished for my children to grow up and become artists, I have never even thought about that. The focus at our home has always been the process not the final product. Before I end this post I have to say that art is just one of many things we do around our house. My boys love soccer, playing games, reading books, dressing up like superhero’s, and building things and going to University of Utah sporting events and hanging out with their friends and cousins and swimming and wrestling, and driving each other crazy…… and much more. Art is just one aspect of their lives, but I believe it is one of their favorites!

So what about you? I challenge you to think about your own children and ask yourself what you can do to help them to have fun art experiences at your home. I hope you will be one of the moms joining along with my little online art class which starts in mid March. Thanks for taking the time to read all my ramblings….. I am currently in sunny Miami with my husband and loving every minute of it. I am on my husband’s laptop which unfortunately does not have any pictures on it to share with you. I love pictures, oh well. Don’t worry I have not forgotten about the request to post about my favorite art books – I just have to wait until I get home since I don’t have them here with me. I hope you are having a great Monday!


  1. Wow Dani- I can't believe my eyes. I started teaching a summer art program last summer to my kids and friends to a great success. I can't believe how similar your summer art camp was. I was already plotting my adventures in backyard art for 2011 to include a trip to the UMFA or Kimball Art center in PC as well as a backyard art gallery stroll as the season finale. I would love to connect with you about a few details such as how you are pricing your classes and a few other details. Feel like a found a kindered spirit with art. Hope you'll take the time to reply.
    You can check out a summer of my art at my blog
    Thanks a million for your passion.

  2. Allison, it is so fun for me to hear from you. I just left you a comment on your site and I hope to chat with you soon!

  3. Dani...

    Looked for an e.mail address to contact you, but couldn't find one. Found you thru Design Mom and am so impressed with what you're doing. I write for a blog called BLOOM (www.placetobloom.blogspot.com) - we would love to interview you/feature your passion for helping children express creativity through art. Let me know if you'd be interested in collaborating :)


    aplacetobloom at gmail dot com

  4. I started doing arts and crafts with my daughter when she was very young, at first, it was just because I wanted another way to play with her and connect with her. But then when I saw how much she loved it, it became so much more!

    Feel free to check out my blog sometime, I do not have a art background, that is why I love learning from those who do!


  5. I'm new to your blog and am excited about your class. I too love art and want my kids to find their own creative talents. Do you have a special place set aside for your projects with your kids? I saw your post on organizing your art supplies. I would love to see pics of the space you use in your home for these fun adventures.