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

Baby Books

Mental Health Books

Days of the Week


Short Stories for Middle School

Scientific Method

Classic Books



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  1. 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).

  2. 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. 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!