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.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween Candy Art

Candy, candy, candy....all that candy! We have an idea for you today that might help spare a few cavities and stomach aches by using that candy for something other than eating! Who said art has to stick with crayons, paint, and clay? Why not create art with candy and candy wrappers! Take a look at what our Young At Art crew came up with!

Make sure you save all those wrappers from your Halloween night harvest! See what candy art you can create and be sure to email pictures of your master piece to us so we can add it our gallery!

We found some more inspiration online for all you artists. This also includes you teenage artists! There are some pretty incredible things you can make with candy wrappers! Check it out!

***Stay tuned for new Young At Art bag Holiday pricing coming in November!!***

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

What's It All About?

     Since we have a few new readers to our blog, we would like to take just a minute to share again what Young at Art is all about.
     A little over two years ago, we had something happen in our family that changed our lives forever.  Our ninth grandchild was very unexpectedly born thirteen weeks early and came into this world weighing 1 lb. 6 oz.   There was great concern, not only for his life, but also for our daughter's life.  Thankfully, Jodee began to improve soon after the birth, but our little guy was in for a long rough road.  
     At the age of one week, he was lifeflighted to Primary Children's Hospital where he would undergo more than one surgery and spend the first six months of his life.  After a short 3 months home, he was back in the hospital for more surgery and then spent the next four months in a rehabilitation center.
     The good news is--he has made incredible progress over the last two years and the
prognosis is that in another year or two he will be equal to others in his age group!!
SO much to be thankful for!!

     So--what does that have to do with Young at Art?  About the time this little guy was born, we had been pondering what we could do for a type of "give back" project.  Art had become a big part of our lives as Dan was developing his career doing contemporary metal sculpture.  Well, life kind of came to a standstill with the birth of this baby.  Our world now centered around helping to take care of his three older brothers,  trying to support our daughter and son-in-law, and lots of visits to the hospital.
     Primary Children's Hospital is truly an amazing place and the doctors and nurses there are truly amazing people.  You can't help but become attached to them--because they are so attached to the children.  
     It didn't take us too long to put two and two together.  We wanted a "give back" project that would involve art and would involve giving back to the hospital.  We wanted to come up with something that all children would enjoy and learn from, but could also be given to a child who might be in need of a little break from hurting and suffering and could use some inspiration and fun.
     This became Young at Art.  We created a bag and an art book.  The book tells of six master artists and has an assignment for the child to do after each artist.  It also includes a sketch pad, crayons, markers, and colored pencils.

     We decided that for every bag we would sell, we would donate one to either a hospital or a shelter.  

     Our family became a part of it too.  Our grandkids drew stick figure pictures of themselves which became our logo.

     So far, we have been able to donate bags to Primary Children's Hospital, Shriner's Hospital, and two shelters.

     This year we created our second bag which focuses on sculpture.  The book tells of more master artists and again has an assignment after each artist.  It includes a sketch pad, modeling clay, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, and foil.

     We have great hopes and dreams of being able to do much, much more.  Art is a great blessing in our lives.  We love that our grandkids consider themselves artists and have a great time with their art bags.  They are well on their way of becoming great artists and art appreciators!  Besides bringing joy, we have learned much over the last year about how beneficial art can be to help all children learn in many different ways and in different areas.  We agree totally with all of it.  But mostly, we just think art is FUN!

     It has truly been a joy to see how anxious the hospitals have been to receive the bags and are so willing to take as much as we can give them.  Primary Children's Hospital has a "school room" where patients can go, when they feel up to it, to try to keep up on their school work.  We know the bags are put to good use there.      
     We hope you will consider Young at Art bags as you begin your holiday shopping this year.  When you purchase a bag to give to someone you love, then we can give one to a child in need.  It's a win-win situation! We invite you to be apart of our blog, like us on Facebook, visit our website, our Etsy shop, and to contact us at any time if you have any questions.  

     A very big THANK YOU to all of you who have helped and supported our family in so many different ways!!



Friday, October 7, 2016

Young At Art Bag Review

A local elementary school art teacher was kind enough to take a look at our art bag and share her thoughts with us. She even included a drawing that she did using the art supplies in the bag! Thank you Peggy for taking the time to review our bag and for sharing your talent with us!

"I love Young at Art and its mission to inspire young artists. I have been an elementary school Art Specialist for fourteen years and really see the importance of art in children's lives. 

Art allows a child to take things they learn like math, science, history, and language arts and use them to create something beautiful that communicates emotions on a different level. 

The Young at Art bag contains quality materials that are fun to use. The book included in the bag relates interesting facts about master artists in language that is easy for kids to understand, and the assignments that follow each artist are fun and age-appropriate.
Thank you, Young at Art!

Sincerely, Peggy Cousineau