So. Welcome to my brand spanking new blog. I’m imploding with excitement to get this thing going, so I will just jump in even though it’s not totally finished.
I suppose by nature blogs are evolving animals, so don’t be surprised when you see little tweaks here and there.
I’ve always loved kids’ art, products, books and design, but it didn’t occur to me until recently to blog about these topics. I’m a little slow that way. I love the dichotomy of design for kids when it is simple but sophisticated, playful but perfectly executed. I love seeing the awkward, wonderfully open drawings that kids create, and the enthusiasm with which they make them. Kids need encouragement from us adults to keep creating and exploring art and design. They need to be surrounded by well-made toys and beautiful artwork. They need to know how these things are made, and they certainly aren’t learning very much of this in school. My third grader, for instance, has about an hour total of art education per week.
I am hoping this site will become a trusted resource for parents to find awesomely-designed kids’ products and learn more about providing art inspiration for their kids at home. (If you at least surround your kids with art books and materials your kids will pick up things through osmosis….) I am going to provide links to and ideas for art lesson plans in case you want to delve in a little deeper. I’ll review products related to art and design for kids, show you amazing things that people have created for kids, and test out some art projects before your very eyes…
So, there you go. Please let me know if you’d like me to cover certain topics or if you have any brilliant ideas for me. My brain can barely contain everything I want to cover here, so expect a whole bunch of good stuff. Oh yeah, and thanks for reading and supporting me!