Ready to raise creative kids? These Art Spark ebooks will give you everything you need to develop a joyful art adventure with your children.
You’ll learn how to support your child’s explorations and encourage their confidence. I’ll give you a broad range of process art projects you can try at home or in school, and introduce you to a wealth of famous art from around the world.
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The Nurture Art ebook will fire you up with ideas and enthusiasm to develop a joyful art practice with your children.
It will give you lots of ideas and practical tips that will help you easily set up your art space, be inspired to begin, and show you how to develop a rich art exploration with your children.
You’ll develop skills to positively nurture your children’s creativity, using supportive language, growth mindset techniques, and visual thinking strategies.
And there’ll be interesting personal development for you, as you think more about arts education and your own creativity.
Through the ebook you will learn:
:: how to set up an art space, and the best art supplies for children
:: how to set the tone in your art activities to encourage experimentation, creativity and confidence
:: how to handle mess, and the best ways to work with mixed age groups
:: inspiring ways to use an art journal, and great ideas for recording your art projects
:: how to talk with your children about their art, using visual critical thinking and a growth mindset attitude
:: how to find time for your art too, and month of art prompts to get your whole family inspired
The Art Spark ebook is full of gorgeous photographs and art ideas that you’ll be excited to try with your children.
It includes 30 art projects, with lots of extension ideas, that make it easy for you to explore creative techniques with your children – lots of ideas, so whenever you want to do some art you’re all set to go.
The projects include:
- mono printing
- scrape painting
- drip painting
- frozen art
- scratch art
- printing techniques
- yarn art
- and ideas to explore shape, color, gravity, and movement
And you’ll meet famous artists, well-known works, and art around the world, so you can go deeper into arts education, including:
Henri Matisse :: Rex Ray :: Pablo Picasso :: Janet Sobel :: Georgia O’Keefe :: Paul Cezanne :: Yves Klein :: Guiseppe Arcimboldo :: Jackson Pollock :: Cy Twombly :: Alberto Giacometti :: Harry Bartoia :: Lescaux, Altamira, and Ubirr cave and rock paintings :: Japanese suminagashi :: and Mexican Huichol art
Take a look inside the ebooks
You can see more sample pages here.
What do others think about Art Spark?
“My kids actually enjoyed art for the first time. I have an 8 and a 6 year old. Usually when I put out art projects, I spend a lot of time setting up, and they are done in 2 minutes flat. But through (Art Spark) I learned how to talk to them about the process and not encourage or discourage how they were taking part in the art process. Which was a VERY difficult challenge for this mom. But I did not even know I was doing that to my kids, until I took this class.”
“Loved the introductions to famous artists – an entry into the mind and world of an artist.”
“Having so much fun! I feel like the unconventional projects are opening up my perfectionist to doing art without it needing to be ‘right’.”
“It was so nice and relaxing to spend time with my son and just create together.”
“The boys are really into this!”
“My kids were really inspired. My youngest (3) was so focused and even painted with colors (not just black). It was so great to see him in the zone!”
Frequently Asked Questions
What age children are the ebooks suitable for?
The great thing about process art is that it is suitable for all ages. Toddlers through to adults can join in with the adventure and explore the projects in the ways that suit their experience and interests. This means these ebooks are great for toddlers, preschoolers, elementary and middle school-aged children, even teens. Parents and teachers can engage with the ebooks just as much as the children.
Can I buy the ebooks separately?
Yes, you can. Nurture Art: how to nurture a creative and joyful art practice with your children, at home or in school is the foundation ebook and will fire you up with ideas, enthusiasm and skills to develop a joyful art practice with your children. It costs $10 and you can get your copy here.
Art Spark: 30 process art ideas that get you thinking, experimenting, discovering, and creating is the project ebook, full of gorgeous photographs and art ideas that you’ll be excited to try with your children. It costs $14.99 and you can get your copy here.
Or you can buy both books together in a special bundle for $19.99, saving $5. Get your copies here.
What previous art experience do I/my children need to join in?
No previous art experience is needed. If you have enjoyed art before you will find plenty of ideas for extending your practice and diving deeper. You can take a look inside the ebooks here.
What art materials are needed for the projects?
The projects have been designed to use basic art supplies. It’s likely that you will have many of the materials already on your craft shelves. All the projects come with supply lists, so you can get organised in advance.
What technology do I need to read the ebooks?
You will need a device and internet connection so that you can download the ebooks. We recommend you use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader app to view your ebooks. Other PDF reader apps may work for you, but we have tested all our ebooks in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Any other questions?
Please email [email protected] and Cathy or Sean will be happy to help.
Meet Cathy James
Nurture Art and Art Spark are written by me, Cathy James. I’m the creator of this NurtureStore website, and the author of several other books including The Garden Classroom and Super Sensory Invitations to Play. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree and have over twenty years experience working in the field of education. I’ve worked in a wide variety of settings and with all age groups: from babies, toddlers and preschoolers; through the school ages; to adult learners. I now homeschool my two daughters using my arts-based, child-centred curriculum. I hope you enjoy exploring the Art Spark projects as much as my own children have.
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