Hi! My name is Jean Van't Hul. Thanks so much for stopping by. I live with my husband and two daughters in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. I love homemade cherry-almond scones, am a dedicated springtime gardener (but a lazy summer one), and read way too many books.
I am passionate about children's art and creativity.
I want you to be passionate about them, too.
On The Artful Parent I share ideas, information, and inspiration to encourage you to enjoy and share art with the kids in your life (whether in your home or your classroom). I post several times a week on children's art, seasonal crafts, and family fun. You can expect:
- EASY and FUN kid-friendly arts and crafts
- Unique Ideas as well as Tried-and-True Favorites
- A Useful Resource with Hundreds of Arts Activities to keep your family happily creating and learning day after day
Please feel free to e-mail me at ArtfulParent@gmail.com, leave a comment on a blog post, or connect with me on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter. I would love to hear from you! You can also follow me on Pinterest (I'm completely addicted).
If you're new here (Welcome!) you may like to start with my Arts and Crafts Directory or some of my more popular posts:
- Making Melted Bead Suncatchers
- DIY Frame Wallpaper for Children's Art
- 39 Ways to Play and Learn with Playdough
- Melting Ice Science Experiment with Salt and Liquid Watercolors
- My Art Supply List
- Homemade Candy Cane Playdough
- Cooking with Kids :: 35+ Ideas and Recipes
Besides writing here at The Artful Parent, I am the author of a book on children's art, a seasonal crafts eBook series, and have also written articles, a monthly column, and more. You can read about my publications here.
Photo by Lenka Hattaway Photography
For more about me, you can see my press page or read my interviews on the following sites:
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Here's a bit about my art background, our children's art group, and why I started blogging:
Why Blog? I started The Artful Parent partly to chronicle and share the art experiences we had with the art group, and also as a way for me to focus more on what it means to me to be an artful parent. I want to parent in a way that encourages creative expression, imagination, joyfulness, and a love of learning, not just in my daughters but in our entire family. I welcome you to join me as I attempt to be an artful parent...
My Art Background: I drew and painted my way through childhood, then went on to study art history and studio art at Wellesley College. My first jobs out of college were at an art museum and an art magazine, although I later left the art world to work in nonprofit development.
Our Children's Art Groups: After my first daughter was born, my interest in art was revitalized and I realized that I wanted to raise her in an art-rich environment and to encourage her creativity and imagination as much as possible. I read Young at Art by Susan Striker and First Art by MaryAnn F. Kohl, and thus guided by their ideas, I started the Toddler Art Group with several other moms and their toddlers. We met weekly and did everything from body painting and papier maché bowls to printing with flowers and making our own puffy paint. We also returned to the basics (painting, drawing, and collaging) again and again. For more about the Toddler Art Group, see FamilyFun's profile or Mothering magazine article, "Small Hands, Big Art" (Jul/Aug 2007). And if you are interested in starting your own group, here are some tips.
Photos by Lenka Hattaway Photography