Interested in learning more about how the Kids Art Projects 101 membership program works and how it will benefit you and your little artists?
Then you are in the right place.
Read over this FAQ section to find the answers to the most common questions we receive about the program.
How does the Kids Art Projects 101 program work?
For the first year of the program our focus is PROCESS ART.
If you are new to this term (and that’s okay!) this means an emphasis on process over product. It is an open-ended approach to having an art experience without any specific outcome in mind.
It’s most commonly used with young children (3-6 years old), but Process Art offers research-based mental health benefits to people of ALL ages and ability levels. The flexible nature of this approach can bridge cultural gaps and language barriers as well.
The sequence of process art activities we’ll explore together this year is called the Fostering Creativity Through Process Art series, and it includes 48 authentic and engaging process art activities.
Each week will focus on a different project.
A huge part of the value of this program is the thoughtfully planned sequence of activities. There is a rhythm to the sequence and you may find it helpful to understand what to expect.
The activity sequence will repeat this 4-week cycle:
- A Painting Process Art Activity
- A Sculpture Process Art Activity
- A Printmaking Process Art Activity, and
- A Mixed-Media Process Art Activity
Every Friday the new art lesson for the upcoming week will be released. You can access it directly from your member dashboard, or you can print out the PDF version.
We’ll also send you a reminder email each week so you never miss a thing!
Throughout the week give the art project a try with your kids.
The activities are designed to take about 30 minutes each week. However, you can make it as quick and simple as you’d like or extend the activity with the additional suggestions I’ve included. You can easily differentiate the activity to meet your needs and time constraints each week.
And don’t worry! You’re not in this alone. We’ll be building an online Facebook community where we can chat, share ideas, ask questions, celebrate success and more.
Ooh, sounds interesting! Can I see a sample art project?
Of course! Click the button below to download a sample art project.
What about the member area? Can I see that, too?
Sure thing! Watch this video for an inside look at how the member area is setup. We’ve intentionally made it very easy to navigate so you can easily grab what you need each week.
Who is the Kids Art Projects 101 membership for?
As adults we have an incredible opportunity to provide enriching and meaningful experiences to the children in our lives. This program is designed for anyone who is in a position to be an art facilitator and introduce kids to new art activities.
- counselors and therapists
- after school care providers
- club leaders
- …anyone who wants to be the art hero in a child’s life!
However, those who will enjoy the Kids Art Projects 101 Program most are those who:
- Value art experiences as an integral part of a child’s development
- Are looking to do art projects regularly with children
- Are open to a process-oriented, child-led approach to creating art
- Don’t mind a little mess from time to time
Who shouldn’t join?
While I do think all children will benefit from a program like Kids Art Projects 101, this community may not be right for you if you prefer adult-led craft projects instead of process art experiences.
Although there is a time and place for doing crafts with kids, this program is designed to nurture a sense of free exploration and give kids the chance to create based on their own instincts as they interact with different materials and creative art prompts.
What age range is best for this program?
Process art activities are open-ended and can be done by kids (and adults!) of all ages. Generally process art experiences can be introduced to kids as young as 2 or 3 who are beyond the “put everything in your mouth” phase. We have provided an age recommendation on each individual activity so that you have a clear suggestion for each project.
You will also notice that children of different ages (or different art experiences) will interact with materials differently as they rely on their own impulses and background knowledge to create.
My children have a wide range of artistic abilities. Will the lesson plans help me meet their needs?
Children bring unique experiences and background knowledge to every art project, and that is part of the fun!
Because each project this year is open-ended children will be able to freely experiment and interact with the materials based on their own abilities.
Additionally each specific art activity includes suggestions that will help you simplify, enrich or extend the activity based on student needs and preferences. This will allow you to easily differentiate at home or in the classroom.
Since we envision this first series, Fostering Creativity Through Process Art, as a foundational year of the Kids Art Projects 101 program, we are focusing on helping kids feel free to take artistic risks, experiment with different materials, and express themselves through different media.
We will continue building upon skills learned this year as we move forward with the program.
I’m not an art teacher. Is that okay?
Of course! In fact we’ve designed the program so that no matter what your artistic background is you will have the guidance and insight to do these art projects with your kids. I want to make it as easy as possible for you, so that you are free to enjoy the experience as much as your kids.
And rest assured. You don’t have to be an art teacher with a doctorate in education to take part in this program, but I am one. And not only do I have years of experience doing art with kids in the classroom, I’m also an artist and a parent. I’ve learned many tricks and tips along the way, and I am so excited to share them with you.
I am an art teacher. Will I benefit?
Yes, and I’d love your feedback as a member! I’m an active K-5 art teacher, and I would recommend this program to any of my art teacher friends.
In my experience there is a significant lack of cohesive, skill-based, yet open-ended art programs that start in the early years and move forward as kids learn new skills.
I’ve scoured the art skills and standards recommended by various organizations, and I’m building this program to align with them while still focusing on the artistic goals that are most beneficial for children long-term.
My goal is to do this while still keeping it fun and easy to implement for busy teachers and parents alike.
I’m BUSY! How much time will these art projects take?
The beauty of process art is that it is open-ended, and you can set parameters for the amount of time you want kids to spend on these projects. Some days you may need to keep it short, and others you may want to let kids spend a little more time in the creative phase.
In general most of the projects can be done in 30 minutes or less, including set up and clean up.
This will vary between children, and you can choose to extend the amount of time if preferred.
I’ll also make it as easy as possible for you by providing materials lists in advance…no scurrying around on the day of to get materials.
And I’m including projects that rely on common items so you won’t need to be venturing off to the local arts and crafts store for every project.
What if I miss a week? Can I still do the art project later?
Absolutely! While we think it will be tons of fun if a lot of us are doing the same project each week and sharing about it in the Facebook group, we also understand everyone has their own routines and commitments.
The art projects are released weekly to help you stay focused and not feel overwhelmed, but once an art project from the Fostering Creativity Through Process Art series is revealed in the member area it will remain there to access as long as you are a member of the Kids Art Projects 101 program.
I actually hope you will revisit projects often in the future. A small tweak or a change in age can reveal an entire new experience for kids.
I’m not crafty. Is that okay?
Yep! In fact, I want you to know that you don’t have to be crafty to set up engaging art experiences for your kids. I’ll show you how to keep it simple and make clean up a breeze so that art projects become something you look forward to doing with your kids.
Because each project is process-oriented you won’t have to worry about a complicated set of instructions or a project not turning out the “right” way. These are not craft projects. They are designed for kids to learn to create freely.
I don’t have a lot of extra money for supplies. Is that a problem?
Nope! You will need some basic art supplies, but for the most part I’ve tried to keep the supply lists short and focused on common materials that can often be found at home or a local discount store.
I will also send you the supply list for each set of four projects in advance so that you’ll have time to locate your items and get them at the lowest cost possible without having to splurge at the last minute.
I’m not techy. Will it be too hard for me to get my materials each week?
I am SO excited about the online platform we are designing for you. One of the main things I am trying to do is make it as easy as possible to find what you need no matter what level of tech expertise you have.
Each week you will receive a reminder email with a link to go and read the newest activity online or print out the PDF version of the activity, whichever you prefer.
And if you have questions or tech troubles along the way, I’ll be there to help.
Can’t I just find process art ideas on the Internet?
You could, but why would you?
For starters I’m betting you’re probably quite busy. I think it’s likely that you have other things on your to do list that are more important, and even if you’ve been gathering ideas for years I’m wondering how many ideas you’ve collected but never tried.
One of the perks of being a member of the Kids Art Projects 101 program is that you have a group of people to motivate and remind you not to skip the activities each week. It’s more fun to do these projects together!
Not to mention the value of having a clearly designed, sequential program to follow, a program designed by a veteran art teacher to align with various arts standards. As you gather ideas on the Internet it’s hard to quickly discern which activities are just right for kids and how they can be adapted for different ages and abilities.
Participating in the Kids Art Projects 101 program takes the guesswork out for you and allows you to focus on setting the stage for a meaningful experience that you can actually enjoying, too.
What happens after the Fostering Creativity Through Process Art series is over?
The Kids Art Projects 101 program is an ongoing membership. Each year we will provide new experiences based on member feedback.
This year we’ve chosen to begin the journey with Process Art because we feel it is an ideal way to get acquainted (or re-acquainted) with the most fundamental concepts of art-making and artistic thinking like being present, embracing uncertainty, and exploring impulses.
We intend to focus exclusively on process art this year but are already dreaming up exciting content for the future. We are currently developing fun, hands-on art activities relating to “Harnessing Imagination,” “Art Around the World, and “Art and Nature.”
What if I don’t like it or I need to cancel my membership?
We hope you love the program, and we would appreciate any feedback if you are not fully satisfied.
However, there’s no contract, and you can cancel at anytime if the program doesn’t meet your needs…but I’m pretty confident you and your children are going to LOVE it!
Now that we’ve cleared those questions up it’s time to take action.
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