Make Art with Kids on Skillshare

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My niece Abby is an incredible artist at 9 years old!  I was excited to have her spend the night this weekend because I never get girl time in my house of boys AND I knew she would be happy to do a few art classes on Skillshare with me.  Armed with snacks & watercolor supplies, we went through the course catalog and decided on taking two classes.

By the way, if you have kids at home this summer, Skillshare  is a GREAT resource for you. If you’re not familiar with Skillshare, it’s an online community for learning & teaching creative skills. Skillshare connects expert practitioners with students around the world who collaborate on everyday skills from culinary arts, photography to design.

They have kindly offered my readers TWO MONTHS free of Skillshare Premium!  

You can basically set up your own Summer Art Camp using their workshops!

OK So let me show you what our afternoon art date looked like!

We started with:

Watercolor Biscuits & Cookies | Delicious Food Illustrations

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Abby + Me!!

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Look at us go!  We eventually left the family room because baseball was on.

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Art with Kids on Skillshare! See more on!

She was on a roll and wanted to paint more food!

The best part about art time with kids is the conversations. We discussed our favorite foods and least favorite foods. We went around and talked to the guys (who were watching baseball in the other room)and asked them their favorites too.

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While she was painting food, I put on another class-

Create a Beautiful Floral Illustration (pen + watercolors)

I thought it would be a good way to get one of my #100daysartbeforebreakfast paintings out of the way!

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This one is a fun class because you use a ballpoint pen to do outline your drawing.

I’ve been so into inky pens that it was fun to do something different. I REALLY ENJOYED ballpoint pens more than I thought I would. I love that these little skills + tips find a way into my own art practice.

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I loved the result!

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And while we were playing around, we collaborated on this cat graphic!

I LOVE HOW IT TURNED OUT. Would make a great fabric or wrapping paper, huh?

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What a great way to spend the afternoon. Now we just need an art show!

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Oh, and this is probably my favorite piece from our art playdate:

It’s ME AS A CAT with headphones on and a skirt!


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It’s a good reminder that the best gift you can give a child is YOUR TIME!

If you’re gonna be on a screen, at least have something to show for it.


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Curious about Skillshare???

Watercolor classes with Skillshare-


Skillshare is offering Shutterbean readers a 2-month membership for FREE!




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Classes on my list to take:

Creative Exercises: 6 Prompts to Jumpstart Your Next Project

Sketchbook Practice: Create Freely with Ink and Watercolor

Art Hacks To Overcome Creative Block : The Power Of Series

Use Mind Maps to Solve Problems Creatively

Become A Greeting Card Designer

Inky Maps! Illustrate a Beautiful Map Using Digital and Analog Media

A BIG thank you to Skillshare for sponsoring this post and helping to invest time in my art practice! As always, all opinions are my own.

  • Jane M

    Your flower pictures have really come a long way! Great project! Will go you past the 100 days? Me, I’m a knitting tear! WEEEEE! Even took a mini break to Seattle and visited 2 shops. Sadly work cuts into my knitting time! HAHA!

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  • Crista

    Love the cat graphic. I think it would make purrfect wrapping paper.

  • Bethany

    I love everything about this post! What a great idea for the summer! I love all the art and I would love a notebook with your cat graphic collaboration on the cover! 🙂

  • Christina Clancy

    LOVE! Love creating art with my daughter, one of our favorite ways to spend time together! That cat piece is amazing, I vote for turning it into fabric!

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  • Linda Renzulli

    How wonderful that you were able to spend such quality time with Abigail! I love to do arts & crafts with her too.

    • Tracy

      It’s such a gift to work with a child who has the inherent love for art!

  • Emily

    These posts (and all your art) is so inspirational!! I just signed up, and can’t wait to take some classes. Now all I need are some supplies 🙂

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