Miss Katie's Art Class

For Parents

When I was a kid we didn’t have a lot of money, but I always had something to make art with. There was always paper, pens, crayons, scraps of fabric, yarn and string, bits of wood, newspapers, magazines, boxes, tin cans, plastic bottles and containers, etc. I used my imagination to transform them into miniature houses, collages, abstract sculptures, jewelry and anything else that I could dream up! I remember making a miniature log cabin with an old gift box, white glue and rolled-up pieces of brown paper bags!

You don’t have to spend much money at all to supply your child with items to be creative with. The Dollar Store is one of my favourite stores to shop at. Basic art supply items like drawing paper, pencils, scissors, glue and crayons can be purchased there for very low prices. Add to those basic supplies any number of recycled or repurposed items and see what your child can dream up!

There are great low-cost activities that you and your child can do together to nurture your child’s creativity and imagination.

  1. Take your child to any of the fantastic (and FREE!) art galleries that Albuquerque has to offer. The Albuquerque Museum, the Hispanic Cultural Center and the UNM Galleries are other great places to take your children. Talk with them about what they see.
  2. Take a trip to the public library. There are thousands of books and publications about art, as well as those that teach different techniques and media.
  3. Check out your local Community Centers to see if there are groups that your child could participate in that focus on art.

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