Thursday, February 10, 2011

Project Artwork, Day 1

I have always adored children's artwork. There is just something so wonderful, so innocent, and so perfect about it. When I taught preschool, the walls of my classroom were covered with the wonderful drawings, paintings, and collages of my little ones and I cannot wait for spaces in my home to be the same.

a masterpiece by my 20-month old son  :)

Last month was the first time my son really started using crayons. He has played with them for a little while, but they usually would go in his mouth or to the dog. Over the past few weeks though, he has gotten interested in coloring on paper and so I decided to start a little something: Project Artwork. For this project I will be keeping a piece of artwork in a file from various stages of his development and plan to display them on a huge gallery wall of sorts.  Obviously I will keep tons of his artwork, but until things start flooding in from school when he is of age, this will keep me organized with projects we work on at home.

Starting from Day 1 (1/26/11):

I think it will be fun to be able to look at a wall years from now and see one of his very first pieces!  I am still not quite sure how I plan to display everything, but these images I have had saved (that have been floating around the blogosphere) sure have my wheels turning:

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the jan eleni collage™ – an exclusive archival art piece of your child’s personal art.

image from Better Homes and Gardens found here

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It all brings me back to the post I did back in September about wanting to create a family wall.  You may remember I wanted to do a mix of family photos and also personal prints/artwork:

you can click here if you want to be directed back to that post for image credits

I'd love to incorporate our son's artwork into that wall.  I know this post is all over the place, but once again, that's how the thoughts are in my head!  I know I am not the only one with a love for their children's artwork.  There was a group of posts last week about favorite artists and I could not agree more with the sentiments of a few who named their children as some of their favorites.  [This link will take you to Torrie's the bottom of her post, there is a list of the other bloggers who participated last week.]

I cannot wait to continue our collection of original artwork...starting with the work of my favorite little artist.


Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I have tons of bonham's art everywhere. Last year I took pictures of some and put it in our photo album it allowed me go let go of some of them! I've been bad and haven't done that this year. I need to. I also use some to make cards (

Val said...

Nothing is more beautiful as children's artwork!!!

Sarah@Designmarc said...

I adore my children's artwork! I only wished I had thought to save it from when they were really young! How wonderful that you will have his first drawing! Great inspiration in this post! And once again, I adore your son's gorgeous face!


Rachel@Delight said...

Pretty much ditto Sarah's response. I was going to say those exact things! LOL Rachel

Torrie said...

This is such a great idea! I absolutely love those moments when they discover something new... like crayons. It's pure bliss (for the parent and child alike).

I could say so much on this topic, I don't even know where to start. But it's been really interesting to see them bring home less and less artwork... as they've gotten older, and as the economy has taken a dive. There was huge periods that nothing would come home!! It showed me that it really is an area that I need to take ownership of. It's easy, when they're in school to let go- a little too much (art, writing, etc.). It's still a work in progress, but I have lots of ideas (like you) floating around about projects, how to showcase/store/save, and other ideas... Like, one night we did a little workshop. I let Hailey be the instructor (it was based off of a project she did in class). We all completed our projects and then presented them to one another, while answering "audience" (us 3) questions. After that, we displayed them in the "gallery" (office).

I love that this is an area that is so important to you, and that you have put so much thought into. It will serve both of you well! And I can't wait to hear more about it (organization/projects/etc.)!

Torrie said...

Thanks for the link :)!