Today's guest post is by Clara from A Slice of Homeschool Pie. She blogs about family, homeschooling, and life, and is a fellow member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. You can find her on Facebook and Pinterest.
I love creating art! It was one of my favorite subjects in school; therefore I wanted to do what I could to inspire my children’s creative side. When my oldest son was about 5 years old, I decided to create an art nook for him, somewhere where he could go at anytime and create a “masterpiece.”
When planning an art nook, decide how much space you have to work with. We converted our dining room into a school room/office. This allowed me to purchase a long, thin table from Ikea. I wanted a table which would be long enough for two people to be able to work side-by-side together. (My son seemed more inspired to create art when I was creating alongside of him.)
I suggest you cover your table with a product like Vyco translucent clear vinyl board cover sheets. These are easy to clean and will protect your table. http://www.draftingsteals.com/catalog-drafting---drawing-equipment-vinyl-board-covers-vinyl-sheets-translucent-vinyl-sheets.html
Some of the supplies you want to have on hand include:
Paper – I bought the roll pictured below at a craft store. It’s a thin paper which is great for doodling or drawing on, but not for painting.
High Quality Paper – for more serious artwork or watercolor painting
Paper Tray – to hold paper and finished artwork, or work in progress
Paint brushes of various sizes
Find fun containers in which to store your art supplies. I found the glue/scissors and pencil holder at Target. I purchased the paint can, which holds the paint brushes, at Home Depot.
Serious Art Supplies such as: oil pastels, watercolor crayons, watercolor pencils, and chalk pastels. These are the type of supplies your older children will especially enjoy using.
If you have wall space, take advantage of it as this person did with their art space.
Creating an art nook is fun for both parents and children. I hope this will inspire you to create your own art space.
Clara Stacko is a homeschooling mom of two energetic sons. She is passionate about helping and encouraging her fellow homeschool families. Her favorite hobbies include creating art, reading, and scrapbooking. You can learn more about her and her homeschool journey over at her blog, A Slice of Homeschool Pie. www.asliceofhomeschoolpie.com.