What to do with children's artwork
Overwhelmed with the art your children create every day? Not sure what to do with it? You have four options:
*Display- Only a few pieces should be chosen to display. Decide where you'll do this on the refrigerator, tacked to a bulletin board or framed and hung in the hallway). Make a plan for rotating the pictures. You may refresh the refrigerator display every week, but frame other masterpieces and leave them up for years.
*Mail- What you've chosen to mail to grandparents and other admirers should be sent on its way quickly. A personal note on the back or a signature from the artist makes it that much more special. Most artwork can also be laminated and made into place mats that grandparents will treasure. You can scan twelve drawings and have them made into a photo-a-month calendar. Both make great holiday gifts.
*Discard- Having a hard time narrowing the rest down to a few pieces you want to retain? Keep it all until the end of the semester, then reevaluate. With the passage of time and the benefit of seeing it all together, it's easier to determine what represents a significant milestone in your child's development or is a truly unique creation.
*Store- Make sure you have the right containers for storing art you don't display. Insects and water are your two biggest enemies. Avoid cardboard boxes and choose plastic instead. Art supply stores have large, flat portfolios that are perfect for oversized paintings.