https://bigideasartstudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Art-Club-Invite-Header.png

Kids are already artists, fully capable and brimming with wonderful ideas.

Hi, I’m Nicole. I’m a mother of two and a certified art teacher with 10 years of experience.

After creating a child-led classroom studio and witnessing the magic of authentic kid art, I’ve made it my mission to make sure all kids have access to a place where their ideas are celebrated and supported.

With a Big Ideas Art Club membership, your child will have access to the resources they need to make their own art, using their own ideas. 

No cookie cutter projects. 

No adult ideas. 

No what to make, only the how.

An Art Club membership gives you access to unlimited online classes and on-demand resources which include:

https://bigideasartstudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Copy-of-Copy-of-Comparables-Table-1366-×-200-px-1366-×-600-px.svg

Why should we prioritize art in our home?

When we create using our own ideas, our brains engage in our most complex levels of thinking, synthesizing information from all areas of life, including math, reading, science and more.

On top of that, creativity and complex problem-solving are listed among the most critical skills for the 21st century, and several reputable institutions have even coined creativity as the most important skill.

Oh, and did you know that regular creation is considered beneficial for mental health, too? Bonus!

In short? Prioritizing child-led artmaking is good for your kids in so many ways.

Sounds like a lot of pressure, I know, but it’s not, because your Big Ideas membership will take the pressure off you by giving your kids everything they need to create independently.

https://bigideasartstudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Copy-of-Comparables-Table-3000-×-1400-px-1500-×-1400-px.svg

You might be wondering, “There are lots of art memberships for kids today. Why yours?”

Most art memberships, even the more progressive, process-based ones, are still lacking in many ways.

A Big Ideas Art Club membership is comprehensive – covering all aspects of the creative process, and more importantly, it’s 100% child-led.

So, if you have a young artist on your hands, are looking for after-school art enrichment, or an art curriculum for your homeschool setting, Big Ideas Art Studio is 100% for you. Guaranteed or your money back.

But, hurry! 15% off available now for a limited time only!
Code: WELCOMETOARTCLUB

I can’t wait to see what your kiddos create!
See you on this inside!

 

Nicole and her signature

FAQs

Big Ideas Art Studio is 100% child-centered, process-based, inclusive, and comprehensive. Each child will create their own art, using their own ideas, while being supported and guided during a live class or by a collection of resources carefully curated into three different membership levels.  Most programs focus on the creation of easy-to-reproduce 2D artworks (which is great if that’s what your child needs), but here at Big Ideas, we’re flipping the script by asking kids to step into the role of the artist, generate their own ideas and then bring those ideas to life in whatever 2D or 3D media makes sense to them. Additionally, Big Ideas Art Studio focuses are the entire process of making art including play and experimentation, idea generation, documentation, sharing, and connecting to the contemporary art world. Our instruction is about more than making pretty pictures, here we’re learning how to be artists.

I created my classes and membership based on my experience with elementary-aged kids. However, both can be used for slightly younger children and upper-elementary preteens depending on individual development, skill-level, and needs.

 

Kids who’ve developed reading skills will be able to access and use the site independently. There are voice-over audio options on same pages (eventually all pages) to help pre-readers, but they might still require adult assistance navigating the virtual studio and finding what they need. With that being said, the best way to figure out if this program is right for your kid is to give it a try!

Yes, the class/membership price includes all children in one household. When you purchase a membership specifically, you’ll be asked to provide individual names so I have an idea of who’s who.

For the membership, whatever you have available is enough to get started. From there, you can purchase materials that pique your child’s interest during the video demonstrations, or you can ask your child to get creative using the materials you have available. I have students who work only with pencil and paper, some who are sculpture lovers and work only with recyclables taken from the kitchen, and some who prefer materials like pastels and paints – it all depends on your child. Regardless, buying new materials isn’t a necessity.

For live classes, a list of necessary materials will be provided.

You can find all of my favorite art supplies for kids here.

The art process is sometimes messy. With that being said, I’ve created resources available within the membership portal to help you and your child maintain a clean work area. Also, it’s okay to limit access to certain materials based on your personal tolerance for mess as there are plenty of options within the how-to libraries that don’t require messy materials.

Yes! Directed drawings can be a fantastic way for some kids to learn how to draw and to build confidence. At Big Ideas, I’ll include my own directed-drawing PDFs for those kids, but we’ll also learn how to take those drawings, add our own creative voice, and make them our own.

Many things, but mainly access to an actual art teacher and peace of mind. While accessing the skill libraries, you won’t have to worry about your child stumbling onto something they shouldn’t or becoming distracted with advertisements. Not only that, but YouTube doesn’t offer printable activities, an weekly creative challenges, or feedback from an art teacher!

Art teachers use these terms when describing the type of instruction they offer. Traditionally, art instruction has been teacher-directed and product-driven, meaning the teacher created an art lesson based on skills, topics, or artists they wanted to teach, and then walked students through the creation process, leading them to a curated result. Child-centered means placing the child in the role of the artist and asking them to use their own ideas. Process-based means focusing on the process of making art rather than the product, or the actual art. So, in other words, while the product is an important part of making art, it’s not the most important part. The process is where all the magic happens- it’s where our brains light up as we problem solve, create new connections, and learn in deep, meaningful ways.

Creating a home studio space for kids isn’t necessary, but it could be helpful to dedicate one single space to creating, whether that’s the corner of a room or even the kitchen table. If you’re tight on space, portable centers or even just an “art box” that can be taken out during creation time and neatly stored away is PERFECTLY FINE! Whatever you choose, keeping it simple enough for your artist to work and clean independently is important to the sustainability of your space.

At this time, no, but you can still add a bookmark of the log-in page to the home screen of your child’s device so your child can use their art studio independently. Make sure to have “remember me” selected on your log-in page. This way your child can access the studio in a similar way to their other applications.

How-To for Apple Products

Add website shortcuts to your Android phone’s home screen

Open the Chrome browser

Navigate to the bigideasartstudio.com/account

Tap the three-dot menu in the top left corner

Tap “Add to Home screen” and a shortcut icon will appear on your home screen

A weekly challenge is an open-ended prompt meant to give kiddos a starting point for creative art-making.

Weekly challenges are posted every Monday at noon EST in the Inspiration Station section of the Art Studio. They come with a brief tutorial and explanation of the challenge for the week and often include supplementary printables to assist kiddos in completing the challenge. Artists who complete the challenge are encouraged to snap a pic and share their art to the communal art gallery!

Below is a link to an example:

Alphabet Challenge

Each live workshop or class comes with access to a private dashboard. The dashboards are complete with recorded lessons in the event that a live class is missed.