Kids Get Arty - exploring great artists with kids - art with kids made easy - with great projects and books making this a fantastic resource - where you are just starting out in art with kids or are experienced already! Welcome to Kids Get Arty! This section of the blog is dedicated to Art (vs crafts) and is all about getting kids exploring Art in general, as well as exploring  The Great Artists.

Three steps to take part:

1) Take an Artist – any artist – be it contemporary or not .
2) Look at a piece of art by them with your children. Be it at a museum, in print or wherever!
3) Then let that piece of art inspire you to get creative. And share it with us at our link up parties!

Kids Get Arty, is all about exploring together, having fun and having a go! There is no “right or wrong”, but just having ago. And the theory is that any exposure to real art is good! It is also a great opportunity to learn with your children and rediscover art again for yourself!

There will be a monthly Link Up party where you can join in and share your art session and art. This will always be on a Wednesday mid month! Look for the “Kids Get Arty” title. 

The Link up Party are every two months and the next one is  on 16th April 2014 – and we invite you to pick ANY artist you wish.. and get Arty. The resources below should help you along you way!

I also have two previous post to help you along:

the great artists kids projects   art books for kids

1) A round up of over 30 Kids’ Art Projects from blogs around the web – combination of teachers, non teachers, artists and non artists – showing you that there are many different ways of approaching The Great Artist with children.

2) A collection of over 20 Art Books for Kids – be it picture books or artbooks. I am sure you will find something that suits you and your kids!

Our Art for Kids Projects to Date:



David Hockney, Photo Montage

Banksy, Street Art – Stencils and Spray Paint

Explorig Andy Goldsworthy with kids   Andy Warhols for Kids (2)   Karel Appel inspired Junk Collage

Andy Goldsworthy – Land Art

Andy Warhol – Flowers

Karel Appel – Junk Collages

Colour theory with preschoolers   Lichtenstein-Art-Project-for-Kids   Jean Miro for kids

Colour Wheel – Paul Klee


Miro Sculptures

Mike Kelley - Memory Ware Flat 18

Mike Kelley

So. Join me on this Arty journey Get Kids Arty!

Red Ted Art

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And now some top tips to getting Arty!

Lesley from Child Art Retrospective kindly shares some brilliant tips with us to help you get Arty with your child!


* Always use good materials – for instant tempera – you will know the tempera is good as it will stain (huge smile – embrace the mess!)

* When you teach children about oil pastels, tell them it must feel like velvet when you are done. This speaks to children and makes sense to them

* We rarely use crayons except for these fabulous soy crayons that look like pebbles


* Have a variety of brushes and talk about the different lines each will make – have at least fourkinds – a fine round, a larger round, a flat, and a bright.


Paper does not make a difference. We use mostly donated paper from print shops though I do use construction paper to mount work. I never write on children’s work ({ah! good point.. I have done in the past.. eek!})

Lastly ({my FAVOURITE tip, as it makes such a difference to the artwork AND it really helps reinforce what you have been doing}):

Work in layers. Let things dry. Put them away and come back later. It takes us WEEKS to finish many of the studies we do.

Thank you Lesley for these tips! Now, readers… please do go and visit  Child Art Retrospective where you will find some great projects!

More Arty tips to follow.