Being a homeschooling family guarantees a substantial amount of artwork every week. From simple pages to colour, to intricate cut-outs and paintings. I cherish each piece because not only does it show the development of each child in hand-eye coordination and creativity, but each piece is also a memorabilia of that stage in their life that I can hold on to and remember forever. (I hear violin music in the background)
A wall outside of our schoolroom is devoted for putting up artwork that has been completed that week. It’s in a prominent area, visible from the living room, where everyone is sure to enjoy the artists’ masterpiece. Above the area of the wall where the artwork is displayed, I placed a framed sign that says “Our Artists’ Gallery”. It was printed on a cream piece of scrap paper then mounted onto an 8.5″ x 11″ red cardstock, and decorated with eyelets and some fabric flowers. The sign makes the gallery “official”, says my 10 year-old.
I am hoping to place a corkboard to pin up the papers, but until I am able to purchase the right size, we are putting up the artwork using some green painter’s tape I had left over from a painting project.
Every Friday, the display gets refreshed with the latest pieces to come out from our Artsy Fridays craft day. Sometimes there are favourites that seem to hang longer than a week. In case you’re wondering how favourites are determined around here, here are the criteria:
– when the artist who made it requests for the piece to stay up ‘forever’;
– when more than one guest compliments on how beautiful it is; and lastly…
– when it is decided as a mommy-doesn’t-time-to-take-it-down-so-it-stays favourite (most common criteria practiced).
Be it on a corkboard, a bare wall, or on a fridge door, let us proudly display our little artists’ acheivements!
How do you display your kids’ work of art in your home? Share with us what works for you!