As my mother is an artist, the kids have visited the Queensland Art Gallery many times and also enjoy creating in Nanna’s studio. There are few blank walls in our home, but I wanted to create a gallery space to showcase the kids’ own work. We chose an awkward spot in our stair well which is seen by everyone as they enter our house. (It’s also awkward to photograph!!)
There is space to add further “works” to our gallery. Mr 2 doesn’t have anything on display as yet but will do soon. I used basic frames from Ikea, and left the wooden frames bare. I like that these frames have perspex instead of glass. This means that the kids can be involved in framing their works. (And did I mention they are dirt cheap?)
You might notice the small cards on the wall below each art work. In galleries these often give some detail about the piece or the artist. As the kids get older we will include more information such as medium used. For now though they have title, artist and year, and the centre painting has information about the story in the painting.
Here are some reasons why you should set up a gallery at home too!
- Celebrate the unique creativity of each child in your family. Having your children’s art works beautifully displayed communicates a strong message not only to visitors, but to your kids as well.
- Give purpose to artwork. Although it is lovely (and important) to paint purely for the joy of painting, as children get older they often produce amazing results when they work purposefully.
- Connect literacy with art by talking to your child about a title for their work.
- Allow the opportunity for others to see from the child’s perspective. Information on the tags helps visitors to understand where the child is coming from, and they are great too for stopping THAT question, “What is it? Is it a ……?”
- Define great art. Not every piece an artist creates makes it into a gallery, and not every piece in a gallery is everyone’s taste! Great art is subjective. Having gallery space provides an opportunity to discuss with your child why they think a piece should be in the home gallery.
- Memories. Already Miss 4’s drawings have moved on from this stage, but I hope I never forget the sweetness of a felt pen stick figure titled, My Mummy.
So what do you think? Are you inspired to let your kids create with paint this week? Perhaps even set up a gallery in your home? Does anyone have a home gallery already?! Share your thoughts in the comments below.