Are you curious about introducing kids to contemporary art?

Looking for easy, fun, and educational art activities for children?

Want to learn about interesting artists from diverse backgrounds and cultures?

Have questions like where to get affordable art materials from, how to do messy art, and how to have conversations with kids that spark creativity?

If so, this ‘Designing play spaces with contemporary art’ workshop is for you!

Dr. Louisa Penfold is a visual art and early childhood specialist who works at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

In this session, Louisa will walk you through concrete steps for connecting contemporary art and children’s play.

This session is perfect for teachers, parents, artists, or caregivers working with children aged 2-10 years. 

Workshop Take Aways

-Discover the importance of art and play in childhood development

-Learn about two amazing contemporary female artists: Charlotte Poseneske and Louise Nevelson

-Get tips for collecting, storing, and reusing art materials as well as setting up art activities that invite curiosity and imagination

-Get ideas for adapting art activities in socially distanced settings


-Get a 10 page workshop handbook featuring key ideas, artist information, and steps for designing your own play spaces

-Links to further online resources

About Louisa

Dr. Louisa Penfold is a visual art and early childhood specialist currently working as a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

She is the founder of Art Play Children Learning, a blog on connecting contemporary art and children’s play.

Louisa has worked on the learning programs at international art museums including Tate (UK), the Serpentine (UK), and the Ipswich Art Gallery (Australia).

Her PhD research, run as a partnership between Tate and the University of Nottingham, looked at the design of children’s play spaces in modern art museums. 

Louisa's writing on children’s art education has been published in MIT’s Journal of Design and Science, the Journal of Childhood studies, and The Australian newspaper.

When not nerding out about art and education, Louisa loves sewing, pot luck dinners, and the Australian summer! 

She is represented by the Curtis Brown Literary Agency.

Workshop details

This is a pre-recorded online workshop. You will be sent an email with a link to watch the video, download the handbook, and view the follow-up links.

Register here