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Handheld Arts is a virtual space inspired by Waldorf curriculum, methods, and materials. We are here to support aspiring artists and teachers with activities and experiences that elevate the soul and advance artistic skills.

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I'm Kelly Beekman

ARTIST, TEACHER, MENTOR, WORK IN PROGRESS


"Today I fully embrace my life as an artist. Artistry is a skill. It is an ability to find solutions and to create order and beauty where once there was none.

I have spent too many years thinking I had to be one thing or another: teacher, painter, organizational assistant, artist, craftsperson, creator.  I came to realize I don't have to choose.  I can flow from one to the other, depending on the situation and the needs of those I care for and support.

My personal mission is to cultivate the creative core of my being, and through this work awaken the creator within you. Through the practice of art making, by teaching workshops, offering training and being a mentor to others, I hope to fulfill that mission."

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Free Art Resources

CHOOSE THE RIGHT LEVEL OF ASSISTANCE AT THE RIGHT TIME.

You may not be sure about what you need right now. We offer free videos for you to get to know Kelly and her teaching style.  You are encouraged to visit and subscribe to her social media feeds for a selection of resources, free of charge.

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Can you relate?

  • ​"I am overwhelmed! How will I ever know enough to be an effective art teacher?"
  • ​"How can I teach art if I am not an artist? I don't know what I am doing! Where do I begin?"
  • ​"I am not creative enough to come up with all the pictures and paintings I have to teach each week!"

Awaken your Creativity!

... AND sILENCE THE LIMITING BELIEFS THAT STAND IN YOUR WAY OF SUCCESS!

You do not need to be an "artist" to cultivate creativity in yourself and in the children that you teach. It just takes a little practice.  Join the Handheld Arts community to make space for creativity and be free to play with color, crayons, paint and paper.  

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS

Discover the Impact of Kelly's classes:

Year after year, the reviews remain the same.

"I enjoy Kelly's classes thoroughly."

 This is my second year with Kelly as an art teacher for this course, and I come away learning more and more about how to approach teaching the artistic elements in each grade.

- Grade 2 Waldorf teacher, 2021 

" I have never felt more prepared with my painting lesson plans than I do this summer."

In my 18 years of preparation for Waldorf teaching, I have never received a more thorough preparation for the art component. Kelly has mastered the use of google classroom, her arts portal was extraordinary!

- Grade 5 Waldorf Teacher, 2021

"My attention was captivated"

I was surprised by how much Kelly Beekman's art class captivated my attention. She weaved together methodology, curriculum, and practical advice in a gripping way and I truly found it impactful.

- Grade 3 Homeschooling Mom, 2022

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"Let's work together to expand the limits of your artistic abilities by trying new techniques and experimenting with new approaches."
~ Kelly

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Online Art Courses

CHOOSE THE RIGHT LEVEL OF ASSISTANCE AT THE RIGHT TIME.

You know what skills you need to develop right now and are here to take short courses that give you a boost, redirect your attention, or enliven your inspiration. These courses are pre-recorded and are available for you to watch at your convenience. 

Color Conversations

Watercolor Painting and Color Theory 

5 Tools for Planning Success

Personal Organization for Teachers

The Full Story

Join online classes to develop your artistry, gain more confidence and learn new skills that will help you to teach with greater ease.

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Through Zoom and other learning platforms, I provide demonstration and interaction with participants. My students work at home in their own space and with their own materials. 

After many successful years of teaching in summer training programs, I launched Handheld Arts, a year-round resource for parents, teachers and artists."
~Kelly

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Join the HHA Community

CHOOSE THE RIGHT LEVEL OF ASSISTANCE AT THE RIGHT TIME.

When you make time for your own creative activity,  you feel more connected to the creativity that lives in your students.  Your teaching improves.  Join us for monthly gatherings to make art and talk about teaching. 

When you become a member, you can enjoy live seminars on Zoom or watch recordings of the sessions that you missed. The themes of these courses will develop and change over time. As a member you can suggest new themes that are important to your creative development.  

Artist's Play Date

Designing your Art Lessons

Nature Stories 

Drawing

Painting

THE SMALL THINGS

A Collection of Articles About Teaching, Art and Life. 

Visual Language

Sunday, December 04, 2022

All About Crayons

Saturday, December 03, 2022

Drawing With Children

Saturday, December 03, 2022

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