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    « Daisy Yellow Zine {Issue #11} | Main | Art Journaling 102: Materials »
    Tuesday
    Apr292014

    Art Journaling for Kids + Teens

    "The artist must possess
    the courageous soul
    that dares and defies."
    Kate Chopin

    "stories," my daughter (8) created this 9x12" art journal page on loose watercolor paper, neocolors + water

    "love," my daughter (9) created this 8x11" page with colored pencils on loose black card stock

    "without paint," my daughter (9) created this 9x12" page on loose watercolor paper, neocolors, watercolors

    "candy," my daughter (11) created this 9x12" art journal page on loose watercolor paper, neocolors, oil pastels, watercolor

    I wanted to share with you some examples of the work that kids can do on loose paper or in a journal. My kids started doing a bit of art journaling simply by playing around with the art materials out on the table. The key word is PLAY. If you want to work with kids to inspire them to start a journal, or a journaling habit, I suggest letting them see you work in your journal. It is so much fun, and your exhuberance will inspire them to try something creative. Be sure that they know that they really can't make a mistake in their very own journal. It is not about the pretty page at the end! It is about enjoying the part where you create the art. The part where you get thoughts out on your paper.

    Art journaling is a great outlet for kids that love... the freedom of a blank canvas, to explore color + images + words, to decorate their thoughts, to get messy with paints. Young kids are so free about exploring creatively. As they get older, they often get concerned with what others think, get more critical of their work, less free with their creativity, more likely to worry about "rules" for whatever form of art they are doing. That's why art journaling is important. It focuses on the DOING not the RESULTS. Kids, especially tweens and teens, are more likely to play creatively with freedom from constraints or expectations. For moms who art journal, it's also a wonderful way to stay close and keep the lines of communication open -- arting together.

    Learn how to start an art journal in Art Journaling 101 {freebie}

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    Reader Comments (4)

    Wow! I wish I had exposure to this when I was a child...

    04.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Gibbons

    What a wonderful tool for kids (people) to use and it's a good thing to be introduced to this early!! Any time we get clear on who we are and what we think....it just benefits ourselves and our relationships!! I, of course, need to practice some in an art journal...and with text alone....i'm free...but start asking me to put color and shapes to my words and I freeze!! Words- alone...i'm ok. Art-alone...i'm ok. But mix the two together and I get timid!!

    05.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterEden

    How cool is this? Really wonderful.

    Also: All this time I've 'known' you, you've had three daughters? for heaven's sake! I can't get everything done and I only have one dog. Who doesn't talk back.

    {Tammy} I should clarify! Just two daughters; I indicate the age when they created the work, because I went back through my digital photos to find examples. And our dog DOES talk back. She controls our every move, I think.

    05.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

    Both my kids have art journals. I love seeing how they both fill them. Victoria lives colour and paint and does not care about the other pages once she has done them. She just plows on. Fearlessly...without worrying about ruining pages or wasting paint or creating mud.

    Sebastian is very much into black and white creating comics and superheroes. I love both of them. They are so them.

    05.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

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