Is My Child A Good Artist?

As art educators, we often get asked by parents and caregivers to comment on the artistic capability of their child. Time and time again, we hear questions like, ‘how are my child’s drawings compared to the other kids’? ‘Why won’t my child draw more realistically?’ ‘Is my child a good...

On the Road: 3 Kids crafts that are good for travel

Whether you’re driving to the shore or going on a cross-country vacation, if you’re traveling with kids, you’re going to need some help keeping them busy. Here are a few analog art projects to make traveling fun, creative, and engaging for kids. Plus, you get to keep your sanity! 1....

7 Photos that Show off our Summer Camp

7. The detail and prep that goes into each and every project… Our amazing and dedicated curriculum team, are seen here working on developing exciting projects and studio explorations! These aren’t cookie-cutter arts-and-crafts and every project will be as unique as the child who created it! 6. Our dedicated teachers, staff,...

11 Ways to Reinvent Your Child’s Artwork

You can find dozens of ways to display your child’s artwork on Pinterest, but what if you only have a limited amount of wall space? Here are some other ways to transform your child’s art into something new, while also cutting down on the clutter of the ever-increasing collection. A...

The Importance of Process Driven Art for Children

At the Philly Art Center we talk a lot about process driven art. What this means is that we believe there are no right or wrong answers in art, but that the experience of creative engagement is first and foremost. We believe children have a natural curiosity and drive to...

Messy Moments, and Why They’re Helping Your Child Grow

For over a decade, it’s fair to say that Philly Art Center has dealt with more than a few messy moments. Oil pastels have been crushed under chair legs, marker tips have gone off the edge of the mirror board (this is so easy to clean!) and onto the floor board (this is not!),...

Teacher Spotlight: Hannah Pipkin

Philly Art Center is staffed with an incredibly awesome team of educators and artists. This week, meet Teacher Hannah. Tell us a bit about yourself. I grew up in good olde Lancaster County, where I drew on every surface I could, played tennis on every single court, and ate all the local...

Teacher Spotlight: Caitlin Finnegan

Philly Art Center is staffed with an incredibly awesome team of educators and artists. THIS WEEK, MEET TEACHER CAIT. I grew up in the suburbs of Philly and have found that both the suburbs and the city hold a pretty special place in my heart. I gravitated towards art at...

Expert Contributor: It’s Not Just Scribble Scrabble!

A gallery wall at Philly Art Center features works created by 1-2 year olds in our Art Start Parent/Child Class Scribbling is a fascinating phenomenon in children’s artistic development. New firsts and discoveries are being made with each mark! As children scribble, they learn cause and effect, develop artistic expressiveness, practice...

At-home Art Project: Paper Marbling Prints

This is a super fun process-driven art project that can definitely be disguised as a learning activity. It’s an opportunity to talk about the relationship between water and oil (hint: they are not friends), color mixing, counting (for the little ones), and abstract imagery. There’s so much room for experimenting and each outcome is...

Tips and Tricks to Teaching Kids How to Use a Sewing Machine

If your child is showing interest in sewing, chances are that they love the idea of making something that they can wear and use! Inspire their inner fashionista! I normally recommend that kids can start sewing with adult supervision around age 6 and begin without supervision around age 8. Here...