Little Splashes of Color: Whimsical Art for Kids

I received these items to review from Little Splashes of Color.

The art that goes up in our home is very carefully picked for two reasons:

  1. We want the pieces we put on our walls to mean something to us.
  2. I am very indecisive, due in part to some perfectionism.

We have Scripture art and family pictures. National park posters and Green Bay Packers adorn the walls in one boy’s room. A professional photo of the Cornhusker Marching Band (from our days in the band) hangs in our basement.

I recently discovered a local artist who makes the sweetest artwork for children and I knew our boys would each find something meaningful to them in the collection!

Little Splashes of Color features the beautiful, whimsical work of Kathy Jurek. From construction vehicles to mermaids and everything in between, Kathy has captured all the magical loves of childhood in her watercolors. My boys had such a hard time picking out their favorite because they loved so many, but here are their selections!


Double J (5) changes what he wants to be when he grows up every week, but firefighter usually remains somewhere on the list. My grandfather and uncle were both volunteer firemen, so I love that he chose this red fire truck to hang in his room!


Little J (9) has wanted to be a veterinarian since before he could pronounce it correctly! He loves animals of all kinds, but I know he was thinking of our trip to the National Zoo in Washington D.C. earlier this year when he chose this adorable panda painting!

As the oldest boy, I was worried Big J (11) may have outgrown some of the artwork on the site, but he saw this plane and instantly claimed it. He has big plans for including flying in his future! This plane design came in blue, but Big J loves green (like his mama) and asked if she could customize it for him. It turned out just as he wanted!

I was able to choose my favorite, too…

I am a sucker for cute alphabet prints and these animals are C-U-T-E. I think I’ll keep it to myself in my office!

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Take a look around Little Splashes of Color and tell me your favorite pieces!

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Art Works for Your Kids!

Omaha has so many amazing things to offer for families! At the top of that list is the Joslyn Art Museum. Thanks to a grant starting last year, museum admission is now free, with the exception of the featured traveling exhibit.

We’ve always loved the Joslyn, but our love has grown with the addition of Art Works, a 1,500 square foot interactive space where kids can experience the visual arts!

Art Works

Art Works features nine stations where kids can paint, draw, build, and create art of all kinds! This permanent space offers new experiences with each visit as stations are updated to go along with current museum exhibits! During our latest visit, the focus was on Georgia O’Keeffe’s Flowers!

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The digital painting stations are a big hit with all of the kids!

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Double J would paint there with real brushes (and no mess) for hours – every mom’s dream! All of the boys enjoyed this, especially when they realized they could email me their creations, like this one:

Masterpiece

Isn’t that fun?! They were so proud of their masterpieces and my inbox filled up quickly!

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The portrait station is super fun! You can use the mirror to draw a self portrait or the transparent side to draw a portrait of a friend! Or just draw around the oval like Double J.

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I personally love the pottery station where kids can draw on vases with dry erase markers! It’s brilliant! The station has photographs of ancient pottery for inspiration. I think I enjoyed drawing on these vases as much as the kids did!

But the biggest hit with all of us was…

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…the stop motion animation station! Seriously – this was SO MUCH FUN! The station has two computers with two different backgrounds and tons of figurines to use.

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The boys were so creative once they figured out how to put together a movie. I love this exposure to an art form they wouldn’t normally experience! They were also able to send their finished videos to me by email so we can enjoy them over and over.

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I haven’t even touched on all of the great stations in Art Works – sketching, wooden building blocks, and lots more! We’ve been twice and will be going back frequently to create and explore. And remember – it’s FREE! If you live in the Omaha area or you’re visiting, make sure you take your kids to the Joslyn for all this interactive art fun!

What kind of art does your child enjoy? Which stations would they like at Art Works?

By the way, this is NOT a sponsored post and I was NOT asked to write this post by the Joslyn Art Museum – we just love it and I wanted to share it with you!

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