The Brave Artists Club is a free family art experience featuring a variety of artistic activities and mediums taught by illustrators, cartoonists, painters, potters, leatherworkers, and writers who are part of the Rabbit Room community. We hope this fun, eclectic journey will spark imagination, camaraderie, and creative courage.
Artists leading this class include Eddy Efaw, Growley Leather Co., John Hendrix, Kyra Hinton, Jonny Jimison, Aedan Peterson, Benjamin Schipper, Karen Schipper, Jamin Still, Phaedra Taylor, and myself!
Designed especially for families to do together, it is appropriate for all ages (though some activities are more geared towards younger kids, some older). Use your own parental discretion about which activities are suitable and safe for your kids. Those under 10 may need extra assistance.
Almost all the activities in this class are adaptable to whatever art supplies you already have around your house (pencils, pens, crayons, markers, white paper, scissors, glue, etc). One exception is the watercolor activity, for which you’ll need a set of watercolor paints (a kid’s pan set is fine) and brushes. Several activities have worksheets to download and print.
Since this is a self-paced course, it does not necessarily include individual feedback from the teachers. There is, however, a community forum which allows families to post their art for others to see, and to encourage each others’ art.
Jennifer Trafton served as the managing editor of Christian History magazine before returning to her first love, children’s literature. She is the author of two middle-grade novels, The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic and Henry and the Chalk Dragon, and a contributor to the forthcoming book J. R. R. Tolkien and the Arts: A Theology of Subcreation. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where, in addition to pursuing her love of art and illustration, she teaches writing classes, workshops, and summer camps in a variety of schools, libraries, and homeschool groups in the Nashville area, as well as online classes to kids around the world.