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Preorder the new Artful Parent book by midnight on June 11th (EST) at any bookstore, online or off, then send us your receipt to receive the preorder bonuses listed below. 

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Simple Art Invitations course

Art invitations are an easy and fun way to fit art into family life. This is a free mini course on ROCKING Simple Art Invitations with your kids.


Kids Art Spot membership

1 Month free membership in the Kids Art Spot, home of the Summer Camp for Creative Kids June-August. (Note: after the 1 free month, you'll be given one email invitation to join.) 


11 Ways to Raise Creative Kids

A free virtual workshop & workbook on the easiest and most effective ways to foster children's creativity in the family environment.


Planning Calendar

The Artful Parent planning calendar (printable PDF) with creative ideas to incorporate on a regular basis and suggested ways to use it.


Weekend Inspiration E-mails

Weekly e-mails from The Artful Parent with art activities, creative parenting ideas, inspiration, news, and updates.


10 Frameable Quotes

10 beautifully designed Creativity & Parenting quotes (as PDF printables) to hang up for inspiration

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“The Artful Parent will be that book that gets dog-eared, tagged with sticky notes, and sits smack-dab in the middle of your shelf for quick artsy inspiration.”


“The Artful Parent is a wonderful compilation of ideas, strategies, and tips for all parents who want to fill their children's early years with artful play and exploration. There is so much to be inspired by in this book and it will keep your family very busy creating and connecting together at home.”


“Jean's projects and ideas are easy to implement, super fun for kids, and honor the process & individual. I can't recommend The Artful Parent enough.”


“Jean and her lovely book inspire our family on a daily basis to be more playful and imaginative, even with the mundane tasks of life like getting dinner on the table or sending mail. I love her practical tips for nurturing a more artful life because it sparks more joy in the task of raising my family.”


About the Author

Jean Van't Hul - Author, blogger, children's art enabler

Jean helps parents, caregivers, and teachers share art with the kids in their lives through her blog, The Artful Parent, her books, art classes, online course, and kids art club. A graduate of Wellesley college with a major in art history and studio art, she worked in various art and nonprofit fields before having kids and becoming passionate about children's art and creativity. Jean is also the author of The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts. She lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Photo by Rebekah Brackett of Brackett Studios

Wondering what's new?

This is a fully updated and revised edition of The Artful Parent!

The original Artful Parent was a pretty good book, if I do say so myself, but it was first published in 2013 (written in 2011) and it was ready for a few updates, including in the art materials recommendations and the resources. And as I started making the updates, I got carried away. 

I ended spent a good chunk of last year adding a couple of chapters, including one on drawing with confidence and creativity, revising and updating parts of the book, adding LOTS of new art activities and revising others, reshooting most of the photos, and getting a redesign.