The Art Habit includes weekly time-saving art plans and process-based art experiences that children enjoy. Perfect for ages 2-7.
With the help of arts educator, Rachelle Doorley, you'll experience art projects that engage your child's imagination and provide you with quality together time.
Best of all, these low-stress projects don't take a ton of time to prepare and set up.
This 5-week program can be experienced on your own time and takes place in our virtual classroom. Each week you'll receive an art lesson, journal prompts, and two process-oriented art lessons (Art Starters) that focus on drawing, painting, building, printmaking, collage, or sensory play.
Gather the materials from our well organized supply list that save you time and money.
All the planning is done for you. The projects take minutes to set up.
Child-tested projects that support imagination and creative thinking skills.
I was a mom to a toddler and worked at a museum where I trained docents and gallery teachers. After a long day of teaching, finding time to make playdough and dinner and do the laundry left me overwhelmed and exhausted.
We also lived in a tiny house, filled with far too many things. When anything new came in the front door (I'm looking at you, watercolor box), my husband would unleash his anxiety around all the stuff.
On top of this, while I had tons of experience teaching art to children over the age of five, I didn't know where to begin with my toddler. While I was training gallery teachers to teach printmaking techniques to adult visitors, it was clear that my toddler might have to start with something more simple than that. But what?
I wanted to support my child's creativity with developmentally appropriate, high quality arts experiences but I had so little time, and it wasn't clear where to begin.
I left my job at the museum and decided to dedicate myself to learning everything I could about early childhood art.
I was inspired to figure out how to support creativity at home with a goal of writing a book once I cracked the code.
Within three years I had a book deal, and a year later we published a best-selling book on the topic.
By this time I was a mama to two kiddos and writing a popular blog on childhood creativity. Once again I was lacking in time, but now I had the tools to support artmaking with my kids.
What I learned along the way is that supporting creativity at home can feel light and easy with the right mindset and tools.
The families I've seen succeed at this program are those who see the merits of open-ended art projects. They want to connect with their children through art. They enjoy watching their childrens' imaginations bloom.
With the right mindset, it's easy to get past the concerns and limits of time, space, and ideas.
"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!"
Rachel Jacobson, Parent | Ontario, Canada
"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."
Hala Sahely, Parent | St.Kitts-Nevis
What's the ideal age for this class？ 2-7 is the sweet spot.
My kids aren’t in preschool. Will these activities appeal to them? Although the ideal age for these activities falls into the range of age 2 - 7, I’ve even seen teens and 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 before we begin. You’ll be surprised to find that many of the supplies are already in your home. Our list includes painting supplies, an assortment of paper, drawing tools, and household supplies. I’ve intentionally curated activities that are low cost. Materials can be gathered locally or via Amazon, and substitutions are always welcome.
I’m a teacher. Can I join? And can I get professional development credit? While the curriculum is designed for the home environment, teachers who have taken the class report back that they've gotten a ton of value from it. The projects are perfect for preschool classrooms and easily scalable to a group of children. The Art Habit is ideal for teachers who don't have much experience with art provocations and art in the early childhood classroom. Many teachers find these activities are wonderful additions to the classroom, library, or after school program. If you participate in The Art Habit I can offer a certificate of completion for 10 hours or coursework. Please check with your school to ensure this certificate will work for your situation.
My space is not organized and we don't have an art table! Should we sign up? Please trust me when I say that your space is good enough. Our family of four lived in a tiny cottage all through our preschool years. If we can make it work, so can you! We will talk about how set up and organize your space in week 3. Art making can happen just about anywhere: coffee table, the floor, dining table, counter top, balcony, patio, blanket set up on a lawn. Although my kids once had a dedicated art table, they would make art just about everywhere else. Just pick a spot to start with and clear a little space to store basic art supplies.
Can I invite a friend to join me? Yes! That’s a great idea. Simply send them a link to this page and invite them to join us! Email me if they join and I'll send you a special gift!
Where does the program take place? In our teaching portal. You'll get a password and will be able to access the class from your computer or phone.
Is the class live? Yes and no :) The Art Habit officially runs from July 9 - August 10, and Rachelle will be avaiable for weekly check-ins where you can ask questions and talk shop. After August 10, the course materials are yours forever. If you can't join us live, you can easily go at your own pace.
What if I'll be on vacation during the course? Don't worry! This is a self-guided class, so you can go at your own pace. Also! You'll be able to download most of the materials so you could even take them with you on vacation.
What kind of projects are included?
How much time will this take? Plan to invest between 1 and 3 hours each week. The program will invite you to work on weekly written reflections and set up and run one-two art activities 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 up activities 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 the work look great on our walls? 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 :)
How long do I have access to the course? How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course? My goal is to help you have a great time and I would never want you to be unhappy! If you find that The Art Habit isn't for you, contact us within 72 hours for a full refund. Easy as pie.
"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’."
Michaela Rudd, Art-loving Mama | Toronto, Canada
"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 for 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."
Chantal Chin A Foeng, Fun-going, artsy parent | The Netherlands
Rachelle is the owner of TinkerLab.com, author of the best selling book TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors, and artist in residence in the Palo Alto Cubberley Artist Studio Program (CASP). She has a Masters in Education from Harvard and a BA in Theater from UCLA. Rachelle has costume credits on movies from Warner Brothers & Universal Studios, and was as an arts educator in museums around the nation including the MFA Boston and the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. In her free time, she enjoys crafting with found materials, chai tea, spending time with her family and puppy, and her new role as a dorm Resident Fellow at Stanford University.