children's art gallery wall

This week on Babycinno Kids I show how to put together a Children's Art Gallery Wall. 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.