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. Her first novel, The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, was a nominee for Tennessee’s 2012 Volunteer State Book Award. Jennifer lives with her husband, Pete, and teaches creative writing to children in Nashville. She’s currently working on several delightful new books such as Henry and the Chalk Dragon (to be released in 2017 from Rabbit Room Press)