Ontario Certified Teacher, Mother,
Art Educator, and Entrepreneur
I have always wanted my own studio where I can create with children all day long. It’s my dream because art and children are the two things that light me up with the biggest excitement!
One day, when my daughter was about 9 months old, I remember I was so excited to create our first art project together. I organized all the materials by steps and immediately took her to the table after her nap. Wanna know what happened next? She took a quick look, turned around and left! “Did she just ignore my art activity?!” I remember thinking to myself while feeling like a totally embarrassed art teacher.
My point? I learned that art with young children has nothing to do with breaking instructions into small steps. They certainly do not care about how cute a popsicle stick craft looks nor if they want to be told what and when to create. Meanwhile, all I see on social media are cute arts and crafts and pre-designed sensory bins all aimed at
1. the presentation
2. keeping young children busy...
It’s time we make a change.
Art with young children is about enjoying the present.
Art with young children is about helping them value their own ideas.
Art with young children is meant to be child-led.
Art with young children is about the process not the product.
Creating with young children is a mama’s way of capturing their everyday moments together.
This is how the Thankful Family Art House started.
Thank you so much for joining the Family and I can’t wait to create
with you and your little one(s).