I originally included this content regarding displaying children’s artwork in my blog about my Kidspace, but felt that it deserved its own place in Teaching! This blog entry will be a refresher on how I have celebrated my kid’s artwork through the years! Enjoy!
Last summer, the kids and I decided to do an “under the sea” theme for our in-home summer school sessions while they were on break. We created a HUGE wall mural with light blue butcher paper. We created waves in the water, colored some seaweed and coral to add depth and scenery to the mural. Each week we added new elements to the mural with artwork from our summer school sessions. Each kiddo made a shark out of card stock and used tiny shells for the teeth. We then created a starfish with card stock and used glue and sand for the texture. We added fish, octopus and many other sea creatures. By the end of the summer we had the most beautiful mural masterpiece on our summer school wall. You too can create a wall mural that you add artwork to over time!
Another way I like to display my children’s artwork is to use colorful yarn and clothespins to clip up their masterpieces. I like to buy plain wood clothespins so that we can decorate them ourselves for the seasons and holidays. We start this first by making it into an art project. I lay out a bunch of clothespins, paints, and stickers and let the kids decorate the clothespins. If you’d rather have your clothespins ready for hanging and want to skip this step then I would suggest trying these colorful clothespins. We want our artwork to pop! I make two rows of yarn string across the wall while securing it with thumbtacks. We then clip our beautiful clothespins on the yarn. The kids can then display their artwork in our “art gallery” by using the clothespins to clip up their work.
Recently, with Valentine’s Day approaching, and hearts and love all around us, I decided I was bored with our art wall and I wanted to come up with another way to display my kids’ artwork for the month of February. I knew that I wanted to use ribbon and also my clothespins. So, I came up with this idea!
I used plain clothes pins and let the kids decorate them with Valentine themed stickers. I then hung large pink ribbon vertically in 3 columns across our artwall using thumbtacks. The kids LOVE to display their Valentine artwork on our “updated” art gallery wall! The great thing about this is I can change the ribbon and clothespins with the seasons and holidays through out the entire year! It feels new and fresh each time!
One final suggestion I have for displaying artwork is choosing your child’s most beautiful masterpieces and displaying them as framed art. We either place them on table tops or hang them on the walls in our Kidspace.
I would LOVE to know what tips and ideas you might add to mine! Please leave them in the comments!