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?

Books for Toddlers

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Short Stories for Middle School

Scientific Method

Classic Books



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  1. 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!!

  2. Melissa~
    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!

  3. Melissa,
    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.