Children’s Art Gallery wall

Hello!  I am so excited to be contributing here on Babyccino Kids.  Since its launch I have enjoyed visiting their blog and shop.  Babyccino Kids has done such a wonderful job curating and finding the best for children.  I am honored to have the opportunity to work with such talented ladies.

My son Henrik loves to draw and build and I love to see him happily creating and coming up with new pieces.  There just isn’t enough room to store all of his work.  Usually what I’ll do is display his art for a week and then throw it in the recycle bin (don’t tell him).  I do try and save only the best pieces for posterity.

Before preschool started I wanted to do something special with all the art Henrik has done this summer. He took some wonderful classes from my friend Annie.  I decided to display all his work together like a Gallery wall, but make him feel like it was an Art exhibit.  An Art Gallery wall is something very easy to put together all you need is washi tape and your child’s art.

Here’s what I did:

* I started with the main, or anchor piece of art.  I chose Henrik’s poured painting.  It is the biggest and most colorful of his work.

* With the washi tape I started taping the other bigger pieces.  I kept all the pieces about an inch or two from each other.  To create interest I placed a couple of pieces staggered further from the rest.  I played around with it a little until I was satisfied.  There is no wrong way to do it.

* I then added Henriks smaller art and some more objects, pieces I thought would be fun for my kids to interact with, like the small mirror.

I wanted this to be a surprise for Henrik, so I quickly put it together while he was playing in the other room.  When I finished I called Henrik into the room and it was fun to see the look on his face.  He was really excited and recognized that it was his art on the wall.  Maja was excited too and wanted to rip everything off the wall.

This is a great opportunity to ask your child questions and talk about their art, what’s their favorite piece, who is the green guy, etc.  I also think it makes them feel special and gets them excited about art in general. I think next time I’ll do an exhibit with his art and display it everywhere, maybe make some treats and invite a few of his friends.

-Meta

5 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Marta GM | August 6, 2012 | Reply

Hi! Children can express their feelings through art, so, I love to encourage my son to draw and experiment, even if I have to clean all the mess after his experimentation, ha, ha I love your idea of an exhibition of his art and inviting his friends, how cool!

2. Vanessa Ribeiro | August 6, 2012 | Reply

Hi, what a fab idea! And thanks for the hints on how to place them so beautifully on the wall. I always wanted to organize some of my art work but never knew how to hang them well like this. Great post (and beautiful art too :-))

3. Maria in Oviedo, Spain | August 6, 2012 | Reply

It is such a nice Idea!!!!!! I love it, thank you so much for sharing!

4. Courtney in London | August 6, 2012 | Reply

I LOVE this idea. I am definitely going to do the same thing when we’re back home in London.
The kids bring home so much artwork from school and I also secretly have to throw away so much of it. I’m sure the kids would love seeing their artwork so proudly displayed on the wall like this. And the wash tape makes it so colourful and fun!
Thanks for sharing!
xx

5. Emilie in Paris | August 6, 2012 | Reply

Such a great idea! love it! Welcome to Babyccino!

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