Art parties are joyously messy fun for both kids and parents, and the summer months are a fab chance to do a little en plein-air painting. Take your paintbrushes, sponges and mini Monet’s outside and watch the creativity craze begin. When your “starving artists” need snacks and treats—we’ve got those covered, too. Flip through for 11 ways to host an inspiring outdoor art party.

Garden Studio

Susie Estevez took the art table outside so her daughter and guests could find their muse in the backyard. Head over to The Artisan Chef to see more of her party. We love the individual canvas provided for each budding artist!

photo: Susie Estevez via The Artisan Chef

Let us know about your outdoor art party ideas in the comments below!

— Helen Walker Green