Saving & Honoring Artwork by Preschoolers and Toddlers

Saving & Honoring Artwork by Preschoolers and Toddlers

I think when children and adults do artwork; it should always be about the process. For example: How colors change when they come in contact with one another...to see the contrast between black paint on a white sheet of paper...the weight of the paint on the paintbrush...or, if they're doing fingerpaints, just to have that textural sensory experience...the way the brush might resist when there isn't enough paint on the bristle. All of these things provide opportunities for children to problem solve. It is science, chemistry, and aesthetics all in one.

One of my preschool parents told me that she has a line in her rec-room, kind of like a clothesline with clothes pins on it and as the children bring their artwork home, each day there is a different wall where the artwork goes. They just rotate it out. They put up a new piece of art and one wall becomes free for the next day. That honors it for the children and the parents and they're able to recycle it.

When my kids were little and they had an especially lovely piece that they wanted to treasure, I would take it to a frame-shop and have it professionally framed and choose colors that complimented the artwork. That way they could hang it on their wall, or I even have a couple of pieces that are still hanging in our den that my children did when they were little and they're grown now.

There are lots of other techniques too. If you have access to a digital camera in a computer, one of the great things I've been doing with my preschool children's art is in Photoshop or you can use another kind of program like that, so you can convert those photos of the artwork itself and make notecards for the family. Also, if you take photographs of the artwork, then you don't need the large portfolios which is what I have for my children, but you can actually photograph that and make a nice little notebook for your child, sort of like their portfolio of their art!