Colleen Fitzsimmons-Wiviott

Colleen Fitzsimmons-Wiviott
A native of St. Louis, Colleen lives in South City with her husband, two kids, and rescue dog. She has worked in museum and art education for the past ten years and is the founder of Start With Art, which provides early childhood art workshops and classes around town. She is passionate about helping children discover their own creative processes while building community through art. When she's not lesson planning, teaching, or momming, you can find her baking treats for her family, visiting the farmers' market, or checking out all the amazing art exhibitions and performances St. Louis has to offer.

A Guide for Making Art With Babies and Tots

As soon as a child is able to sit up and grasp a rattle or a spoon, they are ready to make art! This idea might have you running for the hills, but with...
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10 Art Supplies to Add to Your Young Artist’s Toolbox

If you're like me, you might be trying to balance the wants of your child's holiday wish list with things they actually need and can use. I love gifting art supplies for holidays and...
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Rev Up Your Child’s Art-Making Practice with 10 Household Items

Are your art-making invitations to your child met with unenthusiastic groans? Is the box full of broken crayons and unsharpened colored pencils not sparking joy for them? Looking for ways to reinvigorate your art-making...
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The Ten Minute “Me-racle”

Leave room in your day for a ten-minute “me-racle”!   I recently had my second child, Levi. He is a quintessential second baby. He is easy-going, sleeps pretty much anywhere regardless of how much chaos ensues...
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5 Tips for Developing a Regular Art Practice With Your Young Artist

Make room for art!     With school back in session and the hustle of the fall season upon us, I often look to making as a way to ground my day when things feel hectic. Making...
some essential items that can help during pregnancy like a water bottle and body cream

10 Essential Items that Helped Me Enjoy Pregnancy

Take note of these essential items to ease your way through pregnancy!         When I was expecting my son, I went through an endless process of trial and error, online research, and advice from family and...
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Family-Friendly Summer Arts Events in St. Louis

Sweltering humidity aside, summer might be the best time to live in St. Louis. On any given day, there are a plethora of events to attend, most of them free! Amidst the pools, ball...

Vegetarian-Friendly Recipes to Try This Earth Day

Looking for some yummy vegetarian eats you can make at home this Earth Day? Look no further!   As parents, caregivers, and moms, we make a million choices a day for ourselves and our families. Choices...

5 Women Artists To Inspire This Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. Come celebrate the accomplishments of women artists!   Women’s work and accomplishments should be celebrated and centered not just during Women’s History Month but all year round. Women have contributed to...
The St. Louis Art Museum in St. Louis, MO

A Guide to Visiting Art Museums with Kids

I love visiting art museums with my son. When I tell people this, I usually hear, “My kids would break something!” If you are one of these parents or caregivers, you are not alone!...