The Art Habit is a 5 week online course for families who want to find more time for creativity with young children.
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Do you struggle with getting organized and finding time in the day to set up meaningful art experiences for your child?
MY ART HABIT STORY
When my toddler started crawling and showed signs of creative promise (she could hold a crayon!), I was eager to put my arts education degree to work at home. But where to begin?
I was enthusiastic, but overwhelmed with possibilities. I also struggled to keep my sanity while curating activities that were developmentally appropriate for my curious children. Fast forward a couple years, I wanted to find a peaceful way to support my children's creative spark while also running a business, attempting to keep the house tidy (ahem), and being a responsible adult.
Despite holding a graduate degree in arts education from Harvard and over 15 years experience as a classroom and museum arts educator, what I found through trial and error is that it takes very little to bring out a child's creative genius.
A combination of setting up a self-serve art area and "Creative Table" invitations that encourage children to think independently is the magic bullet for fostering creativity at home...in a way that felt peaceful for me and meaningful for my children.
I did it, and I'm eager to share this joy with you! I promise it's attainable, even for the art novice.
If you're like many of the families I encourage and support, you may:
- feel burned out as you run from one activity to another.
- avoid setting up art projects because they're too messy.
- have trouble finding time to shop and prep for supplies.
- feel that your home is too small to support art experiences.
- lack inspiration.
- stay away from art because it's not your strength.
- have more than one child and can't figure out how to set up projects that appeal to everyone.
- wish someone would give you a plan.
I'm here to help you DEVELOP A FAMILY ART HABIT with EASE and JOY
We loved doing the Art Habit with Rachelle! It has started us on a life long journey to enjoy art and exploration in our house. Everything was laid out for us in an easy manner that took a lot of the stress out of the activity and let us enjoy the experience!
HOW THE eCOURSE WORKS
The Art Habit takes place in our virtual classroom on the TinkerLab website.
We will have an active community in our private Facebook group. Be sure that you have access to Facebook if you'd like to take part in this. It's fun, and sure to be one of your favorite parts about the course.
Week 1: We will kick off the Art Habit with a welcome week where you will set up your art space for success, write intentions, gather supplies from a master list, and learn about habits and how we can establish our own winning art routine.
Weeks 2-4: You will receive four art prompts each week, plus a bonus sensory experience. Use as many as you like. Prompts that don't get used during the e-course can be accessed at any point in the future. These are your creative provocations forever! During these active "maker" weeks, you will also work on journaling exercises that will help you think deeply about your goals in this course. For those who enjoy keeping a sketchbook, there will be a 30-days of sketchbook prompts to enjoy.
4 WEEKS OF ACTIVITY PLANS + SUPPLY LISTS
- A welcome week where we will set up your art space for success, write intentions, learn about habits and how we can establish our own winning habits
- 5 prompts each week (4 art experiences and one sensory experience)
- Activity plans are provided in weekly 15-page PDF booklets that you can open even after the course closes.
- We will cover drawing, painting, sculpture, building, collage, and sensory activities
- Daily one-word Art Journal Prompts
- Extend It! Ideas for pushing the prompt into new territory
- Journal writing reflection prompts that help you think deeply about your creative journey
- $150 Value
CALENDARS + SUPPLY LISTS
- Daily and Weekly supply lists
- Weekly calendars
- Suggestions for favorite supplies, with an eye toward cost friendly, child-safe materials
- These booklets are downloadable as PDF's and can be printed for easy, tactile access.
- $50 Value
BONUS: THE ART HABIT (PDF)
- Downloadable e-guide that will include useful information such as
- How to set your Creative Space
- How to set up Sensory Bins
- Basic Supply list for making art with children
- Clean up tips that work
- The why and how behind process-based art
- FAQ's on how to make the most out of this 5-week experience
- $25 Value
BONUS: ART RECIPES, PLAYLISTS, AND MORE...
- Bonus: Access to a private Facebook book for sharing and support. This is where interaction will take place during our 5 weeks together.
- Bonus: Spotify playlists that will get you moving and set a positive tone for your art making adventure.
- Bonus: Facebook Live Q+A with Rachelle in the Facebook group
- Bonus: Art Recipes such as play dough and homemade paint
- Bonus: Weekly sensory experiences to engage the mind and body
- $100 Value
We loved the Art Habit! It inspired us to create a process space in the center of our home and to incorporate art into the everyday. Rachelle provides wonderful and easy to implement inspirations, and connecting with other people in the Habit let us inspire and support each other as well.
Your family's art practice doesn't have to take a back-burner for lack of time or organization. The Art Habit is a 5-week experience that puts more artistic intention, ease, and a boost of creativity into your family's life.
IS THE ART HABIT RIGHT FOR YOU?
Join The Art Habit if you...
- want to support your child's creative growth with process-focussed art activities
- have children between the ages of 2 and 6. The projects may be a stretch for some 2-year olds, but extension ideas will be included for even the youngest makers. If you have children who are somewhat older than 6, you'll most likely find these activities engaging as well.
- can commit to one art session each week.
- have a willingness to invest in art supplies that support their child's creative growth. (between $5 and $60, depending on what you already have)
- can show up with positive energy and enthusiasm to play and try new things.
- are willing to share feedback with Rachelle along the way.
STORIES OF TRANSFORMATION
I love working with parents and educators and my goal is to see you succeed.
Enjoy reading through this helpful and inspiring snapshot of success stories from happy families and teachers who saw big changes, personal growth, and experienced community connection through The Art Habit.
The Art Habit was motivating, inspiring and just so much fun for my kids and for me! Rachelle guided us superbly and the community we created was so helpful and supportive. I would highly recommend this course to anyone that is looking to boost the creative confidence of their children as well as their own.
The Art Habit was exactly what my family needed to bring art into our home on a regular basis! The prompts were very clear which made it so easy to get everything started. By the end, my son wanted to explore on his own and gained confidence in just ‘going for it’.
As a preschool teacher, The Art Habit gave me some wonderful open-ended process art activities to do with my class. It also gave us ideas for sensory play and activities to extend the experiences. Being part of the Facebook group was a great support as you could see how others interpreted the activities and what worked for them. Rachelle was a wonderful guide and mentor and I would highly recommend this course to any family or classroom teacher.
The Art Habit really helped us get past the usual obstacles (not enough time, not enough space, not enough money) and just DO IT! It was so helpful to have curated prompts and inspiration at the ready, and so motivational to see what other families were doing in real time.
My kids and I enjoyed every minute of the Art Habit. The prompts are easy to do and fun. There are extensions for more fun or older kids.The instructions are clear and easy to read. The community helped me stick to my goals. The support from Rachelle is awesome. I loved the reflection and ‘anchor’ questions in the workbook and the discussion about them on Facebook. Rachelle is really committed to helping you set a habit along the way.
Rachelle meticulously maps out open ended art activities that you and your littles will enjoy creating from here on out. Fear and time keep most of us from jumping in to playing with art, and Rachelle gives us permission and the framework we need to be brave. Art Habit will give you the tools to be empowered.
- Basic art supplies. A supply list will be sent to you the week of February 12. You will probably have most of these supplies already. There will be some specialty supplies and I often include ideas on cost-conscious variations. I interviewed past participants and the cost is between $5 and $60, depending on what supplies you already have. The supplies you invest in can be used over and over again.
- A willingness to support process-based art making through play and experimentation
- A space to make art. This doesn't have to be fancy. It could be a table, floor, patio, or countertop.
- Internet connection to download materials.
- An email account.
- A Facebook account to join the private Facebook group.
- For your investment, you will receive four weeks of activities (5 per week), a downloadable PDF eGuide, an active Facebook community and support network, Q + A's with Rachelle, weekly music playlists, and more.
- Time. You will want to invest 1-3 hours each week for set up and clean up.
- Art Supplies. You will receive a list on February 12. The art supplies will include materials for painting, building, drawing, and sculpting. You probably already have some of these supplies, and others will be investments that you will continue to use after The Art Habit ends.
- Once The Art Habit ends, you will continue to have access to all of the downloadable materials.
THE ART HABIT: FAQ's
What age is this designed for？
Families with children ages 2 and up. 2-6 is the sweet spot, but children younger than 2 and older than 6 can also benefit from this. I've seen high school kids (and adults) who crave an authentic connection to art-making deeply enjoy and make meaning from these projects.
My kids aren’t in preschool. Will these activities appeal to them?
The ideal age for these activities falls into the range of age 2 - 6. However, I’ve even seen adults try all of these activities with great success. Because they are process-oriented, these projects meet the artist wherever they are. More experienced makers will simply bring more ideas to the table.
What supplies will I need?
You’ll receive a full list of supplies on February 12, a week before we begin making art. You’ll be surprised to find that many of the supplies are already in your home and I’ve intentionally curated activities that are low cost. Supplies can be gathered locally or via provided Amazon links.
I’m a teacher. Can I join? And can I get professional development credit?
The Art Habit is tailored for a family experience, but teachers can also get a lot out of this experience. The Art Habit can be used for personal use and you are invited to set up and try these activities with your students. If you participate in The Art Habit I can offer a certificate of completion for 15 hours or coursework. We are not ACE accredited, so please check with your school to ensure this certificate will work for your situation.
My space is not set up for this! Are we ready for this?
Please trust me when I say that your space is good enough. Our family of four lives in a tiny cottage and if we can make it work, so can you! Art making can happen just about anywhere: coffee table, the floor, dining table, counter top, balcony, patio, blanket set up on a lawn. Just to name a few! Although my kids once had a dedicated art table, they would make art just about everywhere else. Just pick a spot to start with, clear a little room to store basic art supplies.
Can I invite a friend to join me?
Yes! That’s a great idea. I love having accountability partners because they keep me going and I love to see how friends interpret the same prompts. Simply send them a link to his page and invite them to join us!
How much time should I plan to invest in this?
You will want to invest at least 2-3 hours per week. The more time you can invest, the more you will get out of the experience. If you're short on time, The Art Habit materials will be yours forever and you can take your time working through them at your own pace.
What kind of projects are included?
Drawing, Sculpture, Painting, Building, Printmaking, Sensory Experiences
If I have a toddler and an eight year old, will this work for us?
Yes! I will include tips on how to scale the projects for different ages.
Will The Art Habit take a lot of time?
You will be expected to invest between 1 and 3 hours each week, erring on the side of more. The program will invite you to work on weekly written reflections and set up and run at least one art activity per week. If you have more time than that, I'll include bonus activities for you to fill extra time with.
I work full time and feel overcommitted. Will this work for our family?
The Art Habit will help you establish a routine that works for your family by providing you with a plan that's workable. This program is designed to make things feel lighter, not heavier. What's important is that you find a flow that feels good and sustainable. I will encourage you to take control of the things that are within your control, and release those things that are not. We will work on finding the right time to set activities up and work on rules for clean up that will help keep things more sane on your end. Again, this is also where having a plan can help.
Will this work be frame-worthy?
While the process-based projects will engage your child’s heart and mind, the end product may or may not be frame worthy. You will decide! With young children especially, I encourage a healthy diet of process-based, intuitive art making experiences that celebrate material exploration. Follow your child’s curiosities and you will be rewarded by the gift of their imagination.
What will we gain from this experience?
Your child will experiment with a large variety of art materials, which will build creative confidence, your family will spend meaningful time together, you will feel how light and easy art making can be with the help of a plan and supply list, and you will have fun! We will also set personal intentions so that you can grow this experience in a way that's meaningful to you and your family.
Will I be expected to help my child make art?
Even if you don't consider yourself creative, I would encourage you to try these projects with your child. Not only are they fun and low-impact, but you will also be a great risk-taking role model for your child. If you’re more comfortable setting up the project and then watching from the side, these projects will also work for you. They are designed for ages 2 and up. If you have a young toddler or early walker, they could be engaged with a bit of help from you. Otherwise, children should be able to access these activities without too much assistance from you.
Will we have fun?
That's the name of the game! My goal is to help you have a great time. If you find that The Art Habit isn't for you, I will offer you your money back within the first 10 days of the program. Win-win.
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FEBRUARY 12 - MARCH 18, 2017. REGISTRATION CLOSES FEBRUARY 4.