Today I have a the honor of doing a guest post on Tinkerlab about how our kids can teach us creative self-care. Have you been on Tinkerlab with Rachelle Doorley yet? It’s an amazing art education site. Rachelle focuses on art education for kids and families, but I share tons of Rachelle’s art ideas because many of them work for everyone.
Whether or not you have kids of your own, I’m a fan of seeking out opportunities to study with and learn from little artists. Little ones are untouched by the inner critic or our culture’s standards about what art is and is not. Using “kids” art prompts is a great way to get past our own hang-ups and inner critiques.
If you pay attention and follow their lead, kids will show you how to use art as a coping skill, a way to express and explore feelings, and a way to quiet a busy mind. Kids regulate their feelings through art naturally, and we can learn to do it again too.
So grab your child, niece, grandson, or just your own inner artist, and get ready to create. Here’s the post on learning creative self-care with kids.