After the Artwork Goes Home…
Do you ever fear as artwork leaves your door it will be looked at with a second glance and then promptly crushed, torn or thrown away? We know parents can’t keep all of the precious little treasures we make in the art room, but as advocates for the arts, art teachers can play a huge role in helping parents see the importance of art in their student’s life. This starts at home with parents keeping, displaying and more importantly VALUING the creativity things going on in the art room.
Recently I ran across this blog post from Simplify 101’s Creative Organizing Blog, one of my favorite organizing blogs. Abby posted 5 Ways to Organize and Enjoy Your Kids Artwork. She gives readers some clever ways to store, keep and enjoy student artwork. This resource would be great to share with parents who seem overwhelmed at all the “stuff” being sent home.
Her tips include:
- Putting them in a book or binder
- Framing the Artwork
- Creating a Collage
- Photographing the Art and Artist
- Laminating and Hanging
This post also got me thinking of other ways parents could save student art:
- Choose your favorite 5 to frame and then Take Digital Photos of rest of the work and..
- Create a book in iphoto of flicker of each year’s artwork
- Create a poster with thumbnail versions of the photos
- Give as gifts framed to family and friends for holidays