hello kids art is the blog of The Messy Artist.  We strive to be a destination for interesting articles about children and art.  We will be featuring posts on:

  • educational art projects for children
  • information about intriguing people and places
  • interviews with some of our amazing students
  • guest blog posts from educators and artists that share a similar philosophy
  • great things from around the internet
a view of the front door - kids are already having fun in the entry way!
a view of the front door – kids are already having fun in the entry way!

about The Messy Artist….

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art, a custom built art studio in East Hanover, NJ.  We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood.  In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions.  Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party!

The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist.  The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art.  At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

Donna Bernstein of The Messy Artist
Donna Bernstein of The Messy Artist
Art Projects: Learning Through Play
At The Messy Artist, art is a platform for learning. The bean box, goop, homemade sensory dough, and painting with potato mashers are not only fun for kids, but serve a specific purpose in promoting social, emotional, and intellectual growth.

Every session, every activity is intentional. That’s because our approach is rooted in the research of some of the greatest thinkers in child development, such as Jean Piaget, Maria Montessori, and John Dewey.

The Messy Artist grows with your child beyond the early years. For ages 6 and up, we offer fine art classes. Children learn the principles of art, color theory, art history, and advanced technical skills as they create beautiful, original works.

At all levels, we’re child-centered. We enable students to explore and learn, create and grow. All the while paving the path for a life-long appreciation of art.


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