How to Do Art in 5-10 Minutes

Q: How do you fit in art? How can you do art in 5-10 minutes? When, oh when, is a good time to do art with children of all ages and stages? (These are questions I get often.)

How to Do Art in 5-10 Minutes

A: The answer is super simple. We have found – after much practice in our home – that the best time for us to enjoy art is immediately after lunch. The morning school is out of the way, the lunch dishes cleared. We are ready for a change of pace. Baby wipes at the ready and we can do it together in 5-10 minutes.

Hope that helps!

Life is a great big canvas. Throw all the paint on it you can

More Art Inspiration

This quote speaks to me of freedom. Of permission. And of a child-like joy.

These days when I share an art project we’ve enjoyed or Nana’s latest chalk pastel tutorial, I sometimes get this reaction: “Oh my children would love that but I’m just not artistic.” Or, “my children would love to come to your house to do art.”

Dear friends. You just need to say yes. Just do it. Take a deep breath and fold yourself into the possible messiness. With children there is bound to be a mess. But that mess is beautiful.

Practice will help you feel comfortable with paint and canvas. Or chalk pastels and paper {raising my hand again}. Practice. Practice. Practice. Start small. Pull out the crayons. The paint with water. Bring on the paint another day. And watch the joy spread on their faces. And maybe the paint spill on the table. You don’t have to commit to an afternoon. Just 10 minutes.

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      Yes! And as Nana always says, “we were all born with an inborn wiring to create!” We all need to have just a bit of time for a creative outlet, activity. So good to balance these type of activities with all the others in our day.

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    Thank you for the reminder that art doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming. For those of us to whom it doesn’t come naturally, I think we can feel a little intimidated. I like the idea of the after lunch habit. Sometimes consistency and simplicity are the keys. Thanks for the great post!
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