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

In this workshop, we will explore:

-The work of two amazing contemporary artists, Rebecca Bauman and Ralph Kistler, whose sculptures and installations explore concepts such as light, reflection, and shadow.

-How to setup children's play spaces that inspire inquiry, curiosity, and hands-on learning

-Tips for collecting, storing, and reusing repurposed art materials 

-Ideas for adapting play spaces in socially distanced learning environments


-Get a workshop handbook featuring artist information and steps for designing your own play spaces

-Links to follow-up 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 video recording. You will receive a link to the video to watch it at your own pace.


Payment can be made by Paypal or credit card

You will have access to the recording for two months.

You will receive a certificate of completion if requested 

10% of profits from this workshop will be donated to Children’s Ground, an Indigenous not-for-profit organization working to support early learning of First Nations children, families, and communities in Australia.

Sign up here!