Top 5 artist inspired art activities for toddlers

You are are never to young to get inspired by great art so I thought of finding 5 brilliant artists to inspire some creative fun with these simple art activities to do at home. The activities are super easy to do and can be done with basic art supplies. Me and my full of beans toddler had a lot of fun trying these out so hope you have some too!


MONDRIAN

mondrian painting

The bold primary colours used in Mondrian’s paintings appeal to both young and old and the rectangles and squares the lines create are excellent for explaining shapes to preschoolers.

For a simple Mondrian inspired activity either with black pen or with black paper strips (as in the photos) create a grid like structure.

Then with yellow, blue and red paint, ask your little artist to colour in the squares. It’s a great activity to learn how to control the brush by staying within the given lines. Make sure to use a good size piece of paper for little ones and create quite large squares and rectangles so that it’s not overly challenging for them.


JACKSON POLLOCK

A toddler can easily identify with the splashes, drips and lines of paint that Pollock creates as hey they can do it too right?!

How about getting them really excited by letting them loose with chocolate with this great idea from Tate? You’ll need a piece of A4 Acetate and preferably 3 different coloured chocolates – milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate plus 3 food bags. Now the real test – can they wait for it to set in the fridge or will they eat it straight away!

https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/make/paint-draw/make-chocolate-painting


DAMIEN HIRST

It’s no surprise Hirst’s art appeals to children; he openly admits much of his art is actually based on children’s art ideas as he says unlike adults they ‘dive in, throw it all around’. So many of his works can inspire little people but spin painting is super fun to try with young children and the results are so fantastic they will be really proud of what they create.

You’ll need a salad spinner, a couple of different colours of paint, some card and something to put underneath as you spin.

Cut the card (paper doesn’t work for this as it ends up sticking to the side of the salad spinner) into a disk to fit inside the salad spinner and add some blobs of paint. Give it a good spin and re-spin if needed. As it’s quite a quick activity I would suggest cutting several disks in advance and experimenting with different colours!


MATISSE

If your little one is ready to practice scissor skills, Matisse is a great artist to inspire, he even called his cut-outs ‘painting with scissors’. Give them some child friendly scissors to practice cutting out shapes with some coloured paper which they can then use to stick down onto a white background. If they are a little young for scissors then prepare the shapes beforehand for them and leave them with a bowl of different shapes to choose from. The Snail (Tate collection) is a great collage to show them to inspire their designs!


HELEN FRANKENTHALER

A key figure in Post-Abstract Expressionism, Helen Frankenthaler was a pioneer of a technique which consisted of staining the canvas. Her practice, which other artists assumed around the same time, became known as Colour Field Painting.

With some paper towels and some liquid watercolours you can have a great time creating your own Colour Field inspired art with your toddler! If you don’t have liquid watercolours you can easily make some with some old felt tip pens. Just put the pens in some water for a few days to soak and then you’ll have some of your own liquid watercolours ready to use!

Using child friendly pipettes drop the colour onto the towels and then hang to dry. If you haven’t got pipettes then medicine syringes work well for older children – I’d say around 3 upwards (younger than this and it’s difficult for them to control the force as they push down). It’s a great lesson in absorption for little ones – AND it will be fun for them to see kitchen towels used for something other than cleaning up their messes!

Hello Teddington – my first blog post!

Hello!

Thanks for visiting my website. I thought I’d introduce myself and ARTventurers art classes for babies, toddlers and children.

mum holding baby

My name is Sidonie, also known as Sid! I have lived in Teddington since 2017 and have two children, a little girl and boy. Before the kids came along I worked for a commercial gallery in Mayfair organising exhibitions and buying and selling paintings.

I’ve been drawn to art since an early age and just love seeing people’s creativity. Having been a full time mum for the last couple of years, I wanted to find a role which could fit in with my family life and also give me a creative outlet. I’ve been attending classes with my little girl since she was a baby, and they have been so important not just for her but for me too! I love the way they give us structure to the day and give us an activity to focus on together. I’ve also met other mums and made friends at classes. It’s really nice to see a friendly face who can commiserate when you’ve had a really rough night of sleep! I was looking for an art class locally late last year and was really surprised I couldn’t find one. It got me thinking, if I can’t find one I can start one! And that’s how I came to find ARTventurers, an award winning activity provider of art and creative play classes for babies, toddlers and children.

Why an art class?

I am passionate about the importance of art and creative play for little people but sometimes when home painting ends up like the below you can end up being slightly put off! I love that with ARTventurers classes you can have fun but leave the clearing up to someone else (er that will be me then!).

toddler and baby with paint on their hands and faces

Plus you don’t need to buy and store a million little bits at home, we provide all that for you. Art is so brilliant for everyone but for children it is paramount. The diagram below shows the many benefits of art and practising it in a safe environment with others helps children develop social skills too.

why art is great diagram

So what happens in an ARTventurers class?

We will be offering two different types of art classes for babies and toddlers in Teddington:

Baby ARTventurers is for babies from 6 months to 18 months with heaps of messy play. It is 50 minutes long.

Little ARTventurers is for toddlers from 18 months to 4 years and has more structured activities focusing on developing specific skills and exploring mediums that our Baby ARTventurers wouldn’t be ready for. These classes are an hour.

Below are some photographs of our classes to give you an idea of what goes on!

The aim of ALL our classes are to nurture and develop children’s creativity by providing them with the opportunities, guidance, inspiration and materials to explore, experiment and express themselves. All of our activities for pre-school children support the Early Learning goals and are in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Our classes are free flow and children can explore and create at their own pace and in their own time. We also incorporate singing and dancing providing a jam packed session of colourful and creative fun!

What awards have ARTventurers won?

ARTventurers have won numerous awards. In 2017, 2018 we won awards with What’s on 4 Kids and in 2019 we won Most Loved Academic/Creative Activity.

We are a fully accredited member of the Children’s Activities Association giving parents Peace of Mind. You can read more about that here

Where and when will classes start?

Weekly term time classes will start at Teddington Baptist Church in September all being well and as long as it is safe.

How can I register my interest?

Sign up to our waiting list here and I’ll keep you up to date with news as to our start date. You’ll also get priority booking if you wish to book, and a special launch offer.

So what are you waiting for! Get on our waiting list and Join The Most Colourful Class In Town!

Thanks for reading my first blog! ARTventurers are sharing lots of arty ideas on Facebook at the moment so check out my Facebook page for some art activities for you and your little ones before classes start!