The Work of Childhood | Empowering You to Provide Stress-Free Art Experiences for Your Children

Dear Parents,

I’m an artist, writer, and parent.

I’m writing a book for parents who want to provide more art in their kid’s lives but are unsure how to go about it.

Do you feel overwhelmed at the potential mess, the required materials, the set-up and take-down of art projects that only hold your kid’s attention for maybe ten minutes? Do you want to provide more art in your kid’s life, but feel like you lack the creativity or know-how to do so?

It doesn’t have to be that way.

You can provide rich art experiences that are enjoyable for everyone without a trip to the art store, an internet search, or complicated set-up.

You just need a few basic tools and a different mindset.

I want to empower YOU to share RICH ART EXPERIENCES with your children without relying on Pinterest-worthy projects.

I want to give you confidence in your own ability to provide art experiences that promote exploration, curiosity, and most importantly play.

These art experiences not only promote bonding, but also give you tools to help your children:

  • build resilience
  • build confidence
  • learn the value of mistakes

I know because I have a reluctant artist at home who tends toward perfectionism.

My son is not likely to ever pursue art professionally, but that’s okay! That’s not the goal. He’s still an artist.

Our shared art time has given me a tool to help him:

  • break out of his comfort zone
  • work through frustration
  • and practice letting go of perfection

There is little that satisfies me more than the look on my son’s face when he creates something he’s proud of. Especially after a bit of a struggle. I know that without my gentle encouragement, without my guidance, he’d never have even tried whatever art experience brought him there.

My other child would make art 24/7 if I let her. So I also know the challenges that come with having a prolific artist in the house, as well.


  • What to do with ALL THE ART
  • HOW to encourage her creativity without losing my sanity.

Look, Art doesn’t have to be hard.

It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.

It doesn’t even have to be messy.

But it is such important work for little ones to do.

I want to show you how to make art easy, stress-free, and enjoyable for everyone so that these little ones we love so much are allowed the space, time and freedom to develop as fully as they are meant to.

Who knows, you may even find your child drawing the inner artist out of you. Kids have a funny way of doing things like that.

Who is this book for?

  • If you find yourself googling “art projects for kids” but struggle with implementing them — this book is for you. You don’t need those projects. I’ll show you what to do instead.
  • If you have a child who is not that into art but you know the value of early art experiences — this book is for you. I can give you tools to guide your reluctant artist.
  • If you want to set up an art space in your home that inspires spontaneous creativity but is also easy to maintain (and clean up) — this book is for you.
  • If you have ever thought “I’m no good at art. I can’t even draw a circle!” but you want your kids to develop confidence in their creativity — this book is for you.

You already are
everything your child needs. 

Art is not about circle-drawing ability.

Art is about a willingness to play, explore, and learn.

And THAT is the real work of childhood.

I want to give you the tools you need to feel confident in your own ability to guide your child through art experiences that are fun for everyone with the extra benefit of developing important life skills, like:

  • confidence
  • resilience
  • perseverance
  • creative thinking
  • problem-solving skills
  • and more than I could ever list here

But I need to know what YOUR biggest challenges are when it comes to making art with your kids. 

I’d be so grateful if you’d help me create the best resource possible for parents just like you by taking a few short minutes to fill out my survey on Parent/Child Art Experiences.

PLUS, once the book is complete, I’ll send a FREE COPY to 50 randomly selected survey respondents! (You want to get in on that, right?)

Thanks in advance for helping me connect parents and children through art.

With sincere gratitude,

Amanda Webster

Advocate for art in childhood