Hi! Welcome to our home art studio for kids! When we recently moved, we said goodbye to this amazing art play house and backyard art studio. This home studio has brought that kind of magic back into our lives. My amazing husband agreed to let me convert our two car garage into an art studio for kids! Now that it’s done, I want to share some pics in hopes that this may inspire you to create an art space at home. I am an art teacher so this is a bit over the top for sure. But any space, big or small, will do, if you want to incorporate art and creativity into your daily family life. I will go over some of the reasons we love it so much below and share some tips I’ve learned over the years that we really benefit from and hopefully you will too.
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A little about the space – We got super lucky and there is a crazy amount of built in storage all throughout our garage. The only thing I added was our large Expedit from Ikea which is now available on Amazon! They don’t sell the big ones anymore I don’t think but they do have smaller ones and you can stack them. I am in love with this thing. I find it has the perfect cubby space for all my art supplies. It’s cheap and Ikea makes great holders and bins to put inside it. Plus, even when it’s a mess it looks amazing, like below.
*Note* We just moved into our new home a few months ago and if I waited until this home art studio was in perfect shape for pics I would never write this post. So please pardon any mess you see, we’re busy makin’ memories : )
The pic below is one of the built in cabinets that is still a work in progress. I want to take the doors of this one and make it one hundred percent kid accessible except the top shelf, but haven’t quite gotten to it yet. It will eventually have all the brushes, scissors, paints, beads, lanyard, etc. that my kids and students can have access to whenever they want. Here’s a list of my absolute favorite art supplies. These are the ones I tell my best friends to get. I am a big believer in making art supplies accessible at all times. This way when kids have the urge to create they can just get right to it and they don’t need you! That might be my favorite part. Of course, if you have a toddler, you’ll need to wait on this one.
This basket below of wood bits has been incredible! I got it at Casey’s Woodon the recommendation of my Kim at Beehive Art Studio and man oh man, has this lead to endless hours of creativity. Granted, we have more sculptures than I know what to do with, but I’m working on solving that problem and can’t wait to share my plan with you! We paint the sculptures, glue them, add wire, beads, gems, all kinds of stuff. It’s so much fun to tinker with these.
She doesn’t have to ask me for a thing to get this going. Everything has it’s place in the Expedit. I keep things I don’t want my girls to touch higher up but the great thing about the Expedit set up is I can see everything. I am a big fan of having everything out in the open so I can see it. If I don’t see it, I probably won’t use it. And what’s the fun of buying all these art supplies if you don’t use them!
I know I am just showing one side of our art studio a lot, but the other side is just too crazy messy right now because we’re getting ready for Gigi’s 5th birthday party. So while they are busy making sculptures and all kinds of stuff, I’m on the other half of the studio preparing My Little Pony craft projects. Besides, this half is way more fun to look at. I keep my art class schedule for the week and have a big bulletin board I thrifted for 9 dollars, where I can pin up inspiration for future projects.
Of course we have a lot of washi tape handy. We go through tons of this stuff! It’s really not normal. Basically my philosophy is, when in doubt, add washi. I buy a ton on Etsy, but also Michaels and Amazon. Whenever it’s on sale anywhere I scoop it up because I know we’ll use it. I’m kind of like that with all my art supplies. If it’s on sale and I love it, it’s coming home with me. It may not get used right away, but it eventually will and I have a sickness when it comes to arts and crafts supplies. I just can’t stopppppp.
This is one of my favorite pics from the studio. My girls have spent so much time in this art studio this past week. We took a week long tv hiatus and man oh man, did it do the body good. Not only did we spend hours creating and making, but more importantly, we connected and talked and communicated. It was just so so nice. We also danced a lot!
I host super fun pop up classes and Tinker Tuesdays and birthday parties and all kinds of fun stuff here. Please email me if you’d like to be on our pop up email list. I know I need a better system for sign ups and all that but growing pains are good and I’ll get to it.
Thank you so much for taking a peek into our home art studio for kids. I’ve so enjoyed sharing it with you. If you are interested in creating your own space, I have a fabulous, amazing, kind of perfect, resource for you right here. It’s so worth the price and you will learn so much about how to set up your own art space. I didn’t write it but I wish I did and I am in total alignment with everything it says. This is a fantastic resource. Promise!
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Thanks again everyone for reading along. xo Meri