We’ve always had some really simple rules surrounding art making in our home art space and my girls have been pretty good with respecting where and how they are allowed to use art materials. That’s not to say we haven’t had drawing on the walls – they both gave that one a go! – or secret glitter raids – we still battle that one! – but overall they know what our art rules are and they are pretty good at sticking to them.
I believe the key is keeping your expectations realistic and your rules simple, reinforcing them (very) regularly and being really positive overall, so that you keep art making as stress free as possible… for them and you! So I’ve created a printable poster that you might like to print and hang in your home or classroom as a reminder of what your expectations are when your children are being creative and making art.
It is more than likely that you will have more defined rules within the boundaries included in the poster, especially as they relate to specific art materials. We do. We have little sayings like, ‘Paper is for drawing,’ (ie. NOT walls) and ‘We sit down with scissors’ (ie. there is much less chance of them cutting other things they are not meant to if they are sitting at the table!) I say these regularly when my girls are using specific materials or resources, and I believe it is good to have these clear expectations and to remind your children of them. Remember, the more regularly your children have opportunity to create, the more competent they will become with the art materials and familiar with your expectations for their art making.
I hope you find this poster handy. If you have any comments or questions about any of these ‘rules’ or expectations, don’t be afraid to leave a comment below. I love hearing your thoughts and experiences too.
To download and print: Click on the poster image above. This will open the poster PDF file. Download the PDF to your own computer. Open the PDF and print. When printing, select “Fit to printable area” (or similar) to ensure the page fits with your printer type and local paper size (these have been created at A4 size). I prefer printing onto matte or semi-gloss photo paper. You might like to laminate your copy too. Personal, non commercial use only.
Do you have any art making rules in your home?
Looking for more creative ideas? Check out my book, Time to Create: Hands-On Experiences in Process Art for Young Children.