Updated on January 21, 2016
What To Do With All Those Art Projects
The Heir started preschool last fall, and with that came a flurry of preschool crafts. Before that, he was home with me full time, so although he coloured a fair amount with me, we didn’t really do a lot of art projects. On his very first day of preschool he came running out at the end of class holding the most adorable necklace shouting that he’d made it just for me. My heart nearly burst and I loved it (it’s still on display on the fireplace mantle), but that was far from the end of his crafting. There’s something to bring home almost every time I pick him up from school. From necklaces to paintings, sculptures to plates of spaghetti, rhythm instruments to Christmas ornaments, there is a never ending flow of crafts and art pieces entering our home. I think it’s awesome, but I’ve also been at a loss as to what to do with them all! I haven’t quite figured out what to do with all of it (yet), but I’ve got at least one use for all those paintings!
The paintings are by far the most frequent pieces of art to cross the threshold of our house. Every time I drop The Heir off at school, I check the sign in table and rifle through the pile of paintings there. Without fail, there’s always one with The Heir’s name on it. I love that he’s getting a chance to paint at school, and I always ask him what it is he was painting that day. Some days he tells me he painted a Ninja Turtle, other days it’s Indiana Jones or Batman. Now none of the paintings I’ve picked up look like those things to me, but I love seeing him expressing his creativity and using his imagination to get his favourite things down on paper.
For a long while, these masterpieces were just piling up on a desk in the basement. I wanted to do something with them and absolutely wanted to keep them. But how? Keeping them in a pile in the basement or in a storage box somewhere doesn’t allow me to really enjoy them. Of course I look forward to being able to show him his art work a couple decades from now, but in the meantime it would be really nice to be able to display them. I do put the latest ones up on the fireplace mantle, but they come so frequently that I don’t get to see them for very long before they’re being switched out for the latest creation.
This is where King Dad comes in. You see, King Dad is about a hundred times more artistic that I am. He has an eye for design that I just don’t possess. So while I was piling up preschool art, he was thinking of ways to get it on display for me. With the help of The Heir, he selected three of the best or perhaps most unique pieces to date, cropped them down, and had them framed. I love the way he’s cropped the art pieces. It never would have occurred to me to display them in anything but their entirety, but this is so much better! I’ve put them up on the wall of our living room so now I can enjoy them every day. Better yet, our friends and family can enjoy them too!
As The Heir progresses through the rest of his school year, I know there will be more art coming home. I can’t wait to see what other creations he comes up with. I might even switch out the framed art for new paintings as the year progresses. It’ll be a fun way to change up the art in our house! Now if only King Dad could figure out what to do with the plate of spaghetti and the porcupine.
How do you display your children’s artwork at home?