Rose all dressed up like a princess, coloring.
If you have an aspiring artist on your hands, figuring out what to do with all the art is a challenge. Rose spends hours on a daily basis coloring, writing “notes”, painting or “scrapbooking.”
I want to encourage creativity, without completely burying our home in pictures. These are a five ways I display her art while keeping the mess under control. (I would love to hear your ideas!)
Five Ways to Display Your Child’s Art
1. Send pictures
Slip a picture into thank you notes, letter to family or just bringing a picture to her friends. My husband’s wall at work is decorated with some of her finest.
2. Display the newest masterpieces in a “place of honor”
The honor of hanging on the fridge is usually reserved for the latest masterpieces. Once a new drawing needs the spot of honor, the old ones gets put into an art folder…
3. Turn a three-ring binder into an art folder
Rose loves putting her finished pictures into the folder and pulling it out to show grandparents… or anyone who is willing to look!
4. Decorate a portion of their bedroom with artwork.
Rose is allowed to hang a few pictures above her bed. I am a minimalist, but (like Crystal mentioned in her post about shoes) I don’t want to force her into my mold. Once the art area is filled, older pieces go (you guessed it!) into the art folder.
5. Scan the best art into the computer to save forever
Use the artwork for illustrations or add them a photo book. (For a fun grandparent gift, keep a running log of cute sayings, then make a photo book with pictures and artwork interlaced with sayings. — Thanks Crystal for the idea!)
Throw it away
So, this isn’t a way to publish the art. Much as I love Roses’ artwork and the effort she puts into each piece, not every single creation needs to be kept forever. Once her art folder is jam packed, she goes through and weeds out any artwork that isn’t her favorite to make room for more. I always want to encourage her, but also want her to learn that it’s okay to keep working and only keep the very best.
Displaying your child’s art, without burying your home
If you’ve got a prolific little artist (or two or four!), encouraging creativity without filling every spare inch in pictures can be a challenge. Scan and display the best, send pictures to grandparents, creative an art binder, but don’t be afraid to encourage your child to weed through old artwork and only keep the best.
What are your favorite ways to display your child’s art? (And do you ever toss a piece of art?)