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Back-to-School with a Creative Twist: Artistic Ideas for Parents and Kids

As the back-to-school season approaches, let's infuse a touch of creativity into the traditional routine! Artistic activities provide a wonderful opportunity for parents and kids to bond, learn, and have fun together. Below we'll explore a variety of imaginative and artistic back-to-school ideas that will inspire both parents and kids to embark on a creative journey as they head back to the classroom.

Back to school with a creative twist
Back to school with a creative twist

1) Customized School Supplies: Put a unique spin on traditional school supplies by customizing them with your own artistic flair. Grab plain notebooks, folders, or pencil cases and let your creative juices flow. Use acrylic paints, markers, or even decals to add personalized designs, patterns, and colors that reflect your child's individual style.


Personalize your notebook or water bottle with these adorable stickers!

2) Collaborative Vision Boards: Kickstart the school year with a collaborative vision board project. Sit down with your kids and gather magazines, newspapers, and printed images. Together, cut out words, pictures, and phrases that inspire them for the upcoming academic year. Arrange and glue these elements onto a large poster board to create a visual representation of their aspirations and goals.


3) Creative Study Spaces: Transform study time into a creative experience by designing a visually appealing and functional study space. Let your child's imagination run wild as you brainstorm color schemes, organizational solutions, and decorative accents. Incorporate DIY elements like hand-painted desk organizers, motivational wall art, or a bulletin board for showcasing achievements.


This table top easel would be an artistic add-on to your study space, enabling you to do some painting on the side!

4) Art-Inspired Lunchbox Notes: Add a touch of artistry to your child's lunchbox routine by slipping in colorful and creative notes. Draw quirky illustrations, write inspiring messages, or incorporate puns that bring smiles to their faces during lunchtime. These personalized notes are a wonderful way to nurture creativity and show your love and support.


5) Interactive Reading Nooks: Encourage a love for reading by transforming a cozy corner into an interactive reading nook. Create a comfortable space with bean bags, pillows, and soft blankets. Then, involve your child in designing bookshelves or wall art that celebrates their favorite stories and characters.


Who doesn't love a comfortable hoodie to wear as they settle in to read a good book?

6) DIY Locker Decor: Make the school day even more exciting by helping your child craft DIY locker decorations. Create magnetic photo frames, inspirational quotes, or mini artworks that can be easily displayed inside their locker. These personal touches will make their locker stand out and create a cheerful space to start and end the school day.


7) Nature-Inspired Art Walks: Combine nature and creativity by taking art walks as a family. Explore local parks or natural areas, gather fallen leaves, flowers, or interesting rocks, and then use these found treasures as inspiration for nature-inspired art projects. Create leaf rubbings, paint rocks, or press flowers to preserve your artistic outdoor adventures.


Of course, the BEST way to add creativity to your routine is to sign up for an art class!


Fall registration is live on the site, all ages, painting, drawing, and combination classes, perfect after-school activity
Fall registration for classes is open!

Fall art courses at US and Art include:

  • Art Preschool (3-6 yrs): This program places a strong emphasis on art education, encouraging our students to explore their creativity and develop their artistic skills through a variety of hands-on activities. We aim to engage learning and stimulate children's imagination and curiosity.

  • Combination: These 12-week courses explore multiple art mediums such as watercolor, drawing, acrylic, and clay. They range from Pink Painters (3-5 yrs.) to Intro to the Arts (Adult and Senior), and every age group in between! (Amber Artists 6-8 yrs, Crimson Creators 9-11 yrs, Blue Brushes 12-17 yrs).

  • Specific Focus: These 12-week courses dive deeply into one art medium, such as watercolor or drawing. They include our Drawing (6-10 and 11-17 yrs) and Watercolor classes (Adult and Senior).

  • Elites (10-17 yrs): This 24-week course is for teens who love art more than anything, need a creative outlet, and who would love to have a community of peers who also love art! Unlike ANY of our other courses this class travels as part of their curriculum! Picture this as their Advanced team! This class is designed for students who want to dive deep into the arts. Students will be exposed to multiple mediums and work towards individual growth. They will be taught techniques and go through different ways to implement these techniques into their artwork.

  • Private classes (all ages): Would you or your child/teen thrive working one-on-one with a teacher on art techniques and projects? This 8-week course is one that is driven by your chosen medium. It can be a Combination class or Specific focus.


This back-to-school season, unleash your family's creative potential with these artistic ideas that bring a refreshing twist to the traditional routines. From personalized school supplies to collaborative vision boards and DIY locker decor, to honing your creativity and art skills at an art class, the possibilities are endless. Infusing creativity into the back-to-school experience not only strengthens family bonds but also nurtures artistic skills, fosters self-expression, and adds a joyful dimension to the academic journey. So, gather your art supplies, let your imagination soar, and embark on a back-to-school adventure that's both educational and artistically inspiring.

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