Artist’s Dates, Art Books, and Art Blogs

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Artist’s Dates With Your Kids

In her book, The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron recommends artist dates with yourself.   She writes, “An artist date is a block of time, . . . committed to nurturing your creative consciousness, your inner artist. . . a play date that you preplan . . . you do not take anyone on this artist date.”  On her website she says, “The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic”– think mischief more than mastery.

Last summer, I decided to adapt the solo artist date and create a family artist date—a playful time for creating, imagining, dreaming — together. Read “Planning For Your Summer’s Artists Dates” for all the details and links to the posts, many which were written by children’s authors.

the best books and blogs to inspire your children's art


Our Favorite Books About Art and Drawing

Spot the Differences Art Masterpiece Mysteries 

Squeaking of Art 

I Can Draw Animals 

What Shall I Draw? 

Katie Meets the Impressionists (Preview here.)

We use and read these books regularly.

 SEE ALSO: 13 Picture Books about Great Artists

What books do you use to draw and learn about art?

My Favorite Artistic and Creative Blogs

I couldn’t narrow this list down – it’s a bit long, sorry! I think they all are such great and inspiring blogs. What do you think?

The Artful Parent

Made By Joel


Mommy Labs

Childhood 101


Not Just Cute

Chocolate Muffin Tree

hands on: as we grow

Let’s Explore

Paint Cut Paste

Design Mom

Chalk in My Pocket

Red Ted Art’s Blog

Makes and Takes

The Crafty Crow

Quirky Momma

Thank you to these amazing bloggers for inspiring me each week!

Any other favorites to add to this list?


  1. says

    Oooh lovely! Thank you so much for compiling the list of books. We also like “Anna’s Art Adventure” if anyone needs more inspiration! and thank you SO MUCH for mentioning Red Ted Art. Soooo appreciated!


  2. says

    Ooh must check some of these out! I’ve just done a review of an art book you recommended to me ‘Inkblot by Margaret Peot, and also a couple of others. Another favourite which my son enjoyed is the classic ‘Make a World’ by Ed Emberley.

  3. says

    I wish some of these had been available when I was a kids. I grew up thinking that I simply wasn’t artistic. Now I know that EVERYone is artist (admittedly some more than others).

  4. says

    These are wonderful links you collated, Imagination Soup. Your list is such a great resource for parents. So many creative mom bloggers are instilling a love of art in their children and sharing it with others. Wonderful. Thank you so very much. h.

  5. says

    Wow, what a cool idea. I have the Artist’s Way as a guidebook for myself but this post made me really think about how much kids would love this. I remember how my mom was always super super busy, cleaning, preparing, making everything just as perfect as possible for her 4 kids- all within 6 1/2 years of each other.

    One of my strongest and earliest memories is of her sitting down at our kitchen table and drawing alongside me. She really entered “kid time” . . . and it meant the world. Plus she was AWESOME with crayons so I was totally impressed!


  6. says

    Great post, Melissa! I really enjoyed The Artist’s Way when I read it way back when, and I had forgotten all about the artist’s dates. My daughter and I have these dates together just about every day, but I haven’t given one to myself in AGES! Thank you for the reminder!

  7. says

    Thanks for taking time to comment on my blog Melissa. “The Artist’s Way” is one of my favorite books and we’re a big fan of Usborne books around here too!

    I wrote a post on the importance of nurturing the creative process for mom’s too!

    and….here’s my post about my latest ebook “Exploring More Great Artists”

    pink and green mama,

  8. says

    Thank you so much for including us in your favourite blog list. This is an honour :)
    I just saw this via your twitter mention.
    Your compilation of books looks inspiring and interesting. I will check those out…
    Thank you again for the mention on Twitter as well.

  9. says

    Thanks for including Usborne Books in your choices!! I Can Draw Animals is a favorite here in our house too!! The Children’s Book of Art is another amazing book–it includes Internet links to recommended websites where you can view lots more pictures, play art games and create your own art online. I love that you are encouraging a love of art in your children and for others–your blog is an inspiration!

  10. says

    Big fan of the artist-date via J. Cameron….. actually big fan of all her work/suggestions/books/writing/journaling et. al. What a brilliant way to support the creative process: thru books and blogging!!!

    My blog is my own creative process and then the fun that I get to have taking my ideas/work into classrooms across the country as an author/illustrator. Seeing how you are pulling resources together inspires me to work harder on my blogging experience. I have a lot to learn when it comes to getting connected to a bigger, wider world. THANKS!!


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