Visual Arts

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Art Supplies

If you want to foster a creative home environment, here are some useful supplies for your child to have access to:

  • Sketchbooks, construction paper
  • Pencils, markers, crayons
  • Scissors, glue, tape
  • Watercolor paints
  • Play doh, modeling clay, or other sculpting media
  • Also add home recyclables, drinking straw, string,envelopes and hole punches.

Pro Tip: If possible, create a place for your child to work and routines for clean up.

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Projects to Try at Home

  1. Build with lego, blocks and other such toys
  2. Draw what you built
  3. Create puppets with paper and straws to explore your building
  4. Share Family Skills: Do you have a skill to teach your kids?  Sewing, crochet, knitting, cartooning, cooking and baking are all art forms best taught in small groups!

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  • The Whitney : Whitney Family Programs offer interactive tours, art making workshops, and special events that encourage kids and adults to learn about art together.
  • The Center for Arts Education Parent Toolkit: When the arts and creativity are part of family life, as well as the classroom, everyone wins! Arts activities can deepen family bonds, provide lifelong memories, and enhance children’s learning. This Toolkit includes tips to spark your child’s creativity and deepen their interest in the arts. It’s never too early…or too late to get started.
  • PBS Parents: Creativity