KIDS’ ART STUDIO ON THE GO
If you read my post about How to Set up an Art Studio for Kids, you know how important it is for your child to have a creative space of their own. But how can your child continue creating (and using messy art supplies like paint) if she is at her grandparents? Traveling? On vacation or just not home for some other reason?
Below are a few studio set-ups from some of our world-wide trips the last few years. The main issue while traveling or staying at people’s houses is that you want to respect the surroundings. In each space we found different things we could use to protect both furniture and floors as well as objects to upcycle for art-making.
HOW TO PROTECT FURNITURE AND FLOORS FROM PAINT
- Use a tarp or drop cloth. You can easily find them at home improvement shops.
- A table cloth can be used both on the table or the floor.
- You can also upcycle plastic water bottles for cleaning brushes.
- Old rugs or carpets are a good way to protect the floor.
- Place a pile of newspapers to protect a table and recycle once finished. You can use bowls or paper cups for paint.
- If you are traveling in a city, you might be able to find creative spaces at a museum. This way you won’t have to worry about cleaning up a mess and your child will have freedom to experiment. 😉
- Cut trash bags and tape them to the floor. If you don’t have tape, you can weigh them down with art supplies.
- We have used trash bags often to protect floors, tables, chairs and even cushions.
Once I forgot to take Adèle’s smock on a long vacation and there weren’t any art shops around to buy a new one. If you also find yourself in an urgent need of a smock, here is the easiest and quickest solutions:
- Fold a (preferably recyclable) trash bag in half, lengthwise.
- Make sure the opening is on the bottom.
- Cut in a curved line as pictured below. Tip: make the top left cut SMALL. It’s easier to make it bigger later if your child’s head doesn’t fit through.
- Open and voila, you have a smock!
- Note, if it looks too big on the top, you can tie it behind or tape it.
Do you set up a creative space for your kids when away from home? If so, I’d love to see the photos! Tag me on Instagram @Rainy.Day.Sunny.Play and use the #Rainy.Day.Sunny.Play hashtag.