We often associate being creative with our own ability to paint and draw. But it's much more than that. Creativity is thinking. Creativity is doing. Being creative is finding out that there is more than one way to solve a problem. Being creative is trying something new. As a parent, it is not your job is not to “build” a creative child, but rather to encourage your child’s natural inclination to be creative. The goal is to support, rather than stifle.
What child doesn't love to pick up a pencil or crayons and draw? Many children lose interest as time goes by, but why is that? Many of us are operating under the mistaken belief that only a few people are artists. The truth is that everyone is born with some degree of artistic ability. The difference between the artists and the non-artists is ‘nurture’.
We at Slurrp Farm believe - the best thing a parent can do for their child is to help keep their curiosity alive and to encourage them to explore their interests. If you have a child who has taken an interest in art, encourage that interest. Your little one just wants to communicate with this world is not just words but increasingly with images.
1. Draw Paint Print Like the Great Artists
In this imaginative activity book, Marion Deuchars makes learning about art fun. Young readers discover new ways of making art by being introduced to 18 great artists, learning about the methods, materials, and ideas that made up their masterpieces and how these can be applied to one's own creations.
2. Let's Make Some Great Fingerprint Art
This book shows how to make letters, patterns, animals, characters and even whole works of art from your fingerprints. Deuchars inspires kids (and adults) to invent their own creatures using inky and imaginative fingertips. From flowers and bees to dinosaurs and skeletons - let the inky fingers begin!
3. Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos
If your kid is a dog lover then you should definitely give this book a try. is based on the life of one of the world's most influential painters, Frida Kahlo, and the animals that inspired her art and life. The story recounts Frida's beloved pets--two monkeys, a parrot, three dogs, two turkeys, an eagle, a black cat, and a fawn--and playfully considers how Frida embodied many wonderful characteristics of each animal.
4. My Museum
A wonderful and original way of engaging children with art, ‘My Museum’ is full of works by famous people that could be introduced along the way. The book could inspire creativity and exploration. Perfect for your little artist, this is such a lovely book, beautifully illustrated, and very satisfying!
5. Kids Artists
This book just makes your life easier as it truly understands what you are and what you are facing. Every great artist started out as a kid. Forget the awards, the sold-out museum exhibitions, and the timeless masterpieces. When the world’s most celebrated artists were growing up, they had regular-kid problems just like you. With hilarious childhood biographies and full-color illustrations, read about some famous artists and how their life was not different from any one of us.
6. Henri’s Scissors
An inspirational book which talks about the author’s journey to becoming an artist, “He was happy, and his paintings made people happy” he said, and how later due to his illness his world turns upside down.
7. Katie and Mona Lisa
Make art an adventure for your child with a classic picture book character, Katie! This unique approach to exploring the art of the Renaissance painters is funny, beautifully illustrated, and is sure to urge an interest. This book could really be the best way to introduce children to a lifetime love of art.
8. Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama is one of the most exciting artists working today. Once you have seen one of her dot paintings, books, or installations, she is impossible to forget. This picture-book biography follows her life from a young child who saw dots everywhere in nature, growing up in Japan, to moving to New York at the age of 28, struggling to survive until her first exhibition and her eventual success.
9. Artists and Their Pets
Illustrated profiles of 20 famous artists and the pets they owned. This intriguing concept—telling stories of artists and their pets—unfortunately, doesn’t get off the ground. The book offers an interpretation of some of the recognizable paintings of each artist “to familiarize the reader with certain iconic works.”
10. The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing
This one-of-a-kind book explores the life and art of Keith Haring from his childhood through his meteoric rise to fame. It sheds light on this important artist's great humanity, his concern for children, and his disregard for the establishment art world.
11. The Great Big Art History Colouring Book
Filled with imaginative drawings and sketches to colour in and paint, this book features all twelve large plates and many more individual scenes from Annabelle von Sperber's Where's the Artist? The drawings encourage coloring and learning about artistic movements and personalities, making this a source of information as well as a welcome outlet for the artist in all of us.