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ArtStart Challenge

Family art time with a plan. 5 days of magical art projects that celebrate creativity.

What you'll experience in the ArtStart Challenge

In this popular 5-day challenge you'll receive a full supply list for five days of process-based art projects that young children love. Think of it as a meal plan for creativity!

The child-tested projects are designed to foster creative thinking skills, bring joy to your home, and minimize prep work for you!

Do any of these struggles sound familiar to you? I ask because I've heard comments like these from thousands of parents...

I'm not creative. I'm not an artist or crafter and I'm a busy working mom, so coming up with ideas is tough for me.

Time. It's a real challenge to get it all in.

By the time we've cleaned up I'm loathe to start something new. The thought of cleaning up after the mess stifles my creativity.

I don't know what level my kids are at... where they will be both challenged and confident.

If you could use some time management help in the form of a curated plan, would like to tap into your own natural creativity, want art projects for a range of ages, and are in search of natural ways to connect with your child through art, then this challenge is for you.

The ArtStart Challenge is light, prep time is minimal, and it will help you connect with your child through art.

What’s involved? Over the course of five days, you will set up simple process-based art experiences for your child. In case you're wondering, side-by-side creating is welcome and adults can play, too! We call these projects ArtStarters because they help us get started with art.

If you're at all uncertain about what kind of art lessons your child will enjoy, are overwhelmed by a sea of online ideas, or feel fatigue from the juggle of parenting and the mess of art making, ArtStart will help you feel confident, relaxed, and supported on this journey.

It’s my mission to help you get comfortable setting up easy art provocations that will help you reach your creative goals. This challenge will be your (art)START!

Sign up for the challenge and you'll get:

  • The ArtStart PLAN to simplify your life
  • 5-Days of light and easy art-making projects for preschoolers, delivered via email
  • Beautiful and Inspiring Art Provocations
  • Art Supply List (don’t worry, this won’t cost a fortune)
  • Facebook Support Group
  • Tips to help you say YES to art making at home.
  • $20 coupon to use forThe Art Habit program

Your creative collaborator,


Your Instructor


Rachelle Doorley
Rachelle Doorley

Rachelle is the founder of TinkerLab.com, author of the book TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors, and artist in residence in Palo Alto’s Cubberley Artist Studio Program (CASP). She has an Ed.M. in Education from Harvard and a BA in theater from UCLA. She has worked in costume design on movies at Warner Brothers & Universal Studios, and as an arts educator in museums around the nation including MFA Boston and The DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. In her free time, Rachelle enjoys craft nights, everything hygge, contemporary art, crafting with found materials, chai tea, and spending time with family. And she makes a decent enchilada.



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! Feedback is important to us. If you are unsatisfied with course and feel it hasn't lived up to its promise, please let us know how we can improve.
What age is this designed for?
Ages 2-7. Children older than 7 have been known to enjoy these ArtStarters.
How much time will I need?
This challenge is designed with the busy family in mind. The ArtStarters will be easy to set up (give yourself 5-10 minutes) and should measure high on the fun scale for kids of all ages. Once the project is set up, give yourself 30 minutes for each lesson.
What supplies will I need?
You’ll receive a supply list as soon as you enroll. You’ll be surprised to find that many of the supplies are already in your home and the projects are intentionally curated with low cost supplies.
Will the results be frame-worthy?
While the process-based ArtStarters will engage your child’s heart and mind, the end product may or may not be frame worthy. You will decide! With young children especially, I encourage a healthy diet of process-based, intuitive art making experiences that celebrate material exploration. Follow your child’s curiosities and you will be rewarded by the gift of their imagination.
I'm a teacher, can my class join?
Yes, that would be so fun! While this is designed with families in mind, simply scale up the supplies and try this with your class.
My space is not set up for this. Should I skip it?
Please trust me when I say that your space is good enough. Our family of four lives in a tiny cottage and if we can make it work, so can you! Art making can happen just about anywhere: coffee table, the floor, dining table, counter top, balcony, patio, blanket set up on a lawn. Just to name a few! Although my kids once had a dedicated art table, they would make art just about everywhere else. Just pick a spot to start with, clear a little room to store basic art supplies.
I have a child who is anchored to rules and risk-averse. What should I do?
One thing that can help your risk-averse kiddo is if you jump in and present yourself as a risk-taking role model. This can go a long way! We'll talk more about this in the ArtStart Challenge.
Can I invite a friend to join me?
Yes! That’s a great idea. I love having accountability partners because they keep me going and I love to see how friends interpret the same prompts. Simply send them a link to his page and invite them to join us.

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