Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire and encourage children to be artists by providing basic tools and inspiration for them to create. Every Young at ART bag sold, will also provide a bag to a child in need.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Gettin' Creative Around Here

     Boy, are things busy here at Young at Art!  The creative juices are flowing big time!!
Our Book 2 is almost ready to go to print, supply shipments keep coming in and our research and development team, creative design team, and project development team have been crazy busy!!

     Check this out for a sneak preview:

Modeling clay for a young Donatello, Michelangelo, or Rodin.  You know your kids have got talent!  Give them some stories and tools and watch them create.  E made this pink alligator eating a chocolate chip cookie. 

The team of A, L, and E created aluminum foil sculptures in the style of 
Alberto Giacommeti.  Imagine walking into a gallery someday and seeing the work of your child!  

Whoever said a sculpture has to last forever?  These sculptures, made by the team of M, P, and K might not have even survived the day since they were made from candy!  With a little inspiration and imagination, your kids will see art in everything they do!

Some master artists succeeded in spite of the fact that their parents thought that art was a waste of time.  Other master artists succeeded because their parents encouraged and supported their work. Creative parents understand that creative children learn problem-solving, communication, ability to see the world in different ways, positive emotions, collaboration, and the list goes on and on.

At Young at Art we believe, like Picasso, that all children are artists.  We want to help and encourage them to keep being artists even when they grow up.  By doing that, we think the world will be a better place.

"Why should we all use our creative power?  Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate."
Brenda Ueland

You can see Young at Art Book 1 and bag at 

and watch for our Book 2 and sculpture bag coming soon!

For every bag sold, we will donate one to a child in need

Friday, January 15, 2016

Something Beautiful

     We once listened to a gallery owner tell the story of opening their brand new gallery, (the gallery they had worked so hard for and wanted for so long) for the very first day... on September 11, 2001.  As you can well imagine, no one came into the gallery that day. They had some serious reservations about what they had just done. The second day was the same.  No one came in. 
      Sitting at his desk on the morning of their third day of business, he heard the bell ring as someone walked in.  He could hardly believe it.  He walked into the showroom and warmly greeted his customer and invited her to look around.  She quietly walked from painting to painting viewing the amazing art on the walls and then said, "I just had to turn off the TV and look at something beautiful".

     When January comes and the lights and decorations of the holiday season are put away, the parties are over, and even the December snow takes on shades of gray, the world can feel pretty drab, depressing, and dark. 

    As  a rule, we generally find what we are looking for.

     Like the lady in the new gallery, maybe this is a great time to "turn off the TV" of drab and depressing.  Did you know gray is the perfect background color to "make colors pop"? Create a still life of fresh fruit with orange, red, yellow, and green.  Pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers from the grocery store and design a centerpiece.  Take a picture of the most colorful thing you can find. Wear the brightest clothes in your closet. 

image from jenkinsartstudio.com

     "Tests have proven that creative expression releases dopamine, a chemical associated with the brain's pleasure or reward center. So dancing, painting, playing an instrument stimulates the very chemicals which boost a person's feelings of well-being, reduces his/her anxiety and effectively works to combat depression." (recoveryranch.com)  

     So if the grays of January are making you feel a little down, consider it the backwash of a new years painting. Sketch an outline, add color, and expect a masterpiece to happen this year!

     Please share with us how you beat the winter grays....

Friday, January 8, 2016

Be the Change

On December 24, 2015, members of Element 11 donated 40 Young at Art bags to the New Hope Crisis Center in
 Brigham City, Utah.
This donation was given in appreciation for the support that Box Elder County has shown to them for their annual 
arts festival. The Element 11 festival community is based on principles such as "radical self-reliance, leave-no-trace, civic responsibility, and participation".  Their mission is to ignite a culture of creativity and self-expression.
We appreciate their vision.

We think they chose a great way to give back!
New Hope Crisis Center provides all-inclusive victim centered services to stabilize and support individuals and families in their community.

We also appreciate the support shown to us. 
Their desire to give back to a community helped to
further our quest to encourage and inspire all children 
to be artists.

Our desire to give back has been fueled in many ways.
Gratitude to Heaven for blessing us with the love of a wonderful family, good health, and a comfortable home.  
The support and encouragement from family and friends 
to follow a dream to create art
 --and the spark that ignited the fire--
many, many loving and skilled hands that
cared for a tiny little 1 lb. 6 oz. baby boy.
No doubt those loving hands came from hearts
touched by the kindness of someone else.
And so the circle goes.

"Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much"
Helen Keller

Who has made a difference in your life?
How can you
be the change to make our world 
a better place?

Friday, January 1, 2016


                    Dear 2016,
                           I am going to paint you AWESOME!

New beginnings, a fresh start, a clean slate...however you want to look at it
2016 is a blank canvas 
and it is waiting to be created by YOU!

Danny Kaye once said,
"Life is a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint 
on it you can!"

What colors will you paint this year?

Red means love, passion, and energy!
Green is natural, restful, and balanced
Yellow gives energy, warmth, and optimism
Orange means wealth, youth, and happiness
Pink brings love, tenderness, and caring
Purple stands for royalty, luxury, and creativity
Blue brings trust, calm, and faith

Today is an opportunity to forget about what is gone,
appreciate what we still have, and look forward to what is coming next.
We, at Young at Art, are extremely excited
for this new year and the opportunities that will come
for us to give, to share, and to make new friends.
A favorite quote of ours by George Eliot says

"What do we live for, if it is not to
make life less difficult for each other." 

We hope that, in some small way, we can do just that.
We believe that every child is an artist, and
we hope that Young at Art can provide a child with fun, encouragement,
inspiration, and sometimes, when needed, even an escape from difficulties.
If we can do this, then we will succeed in our quest.   
We hope you will join us in this exciting journey!!

2016 is a masterpiece
waiting to happen...


P.S.  What are you looking forward to most this year?
Please share!