I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.
Below are suggestions to preserve these enchanting years of self-expression. Ask your child first, as what may look like a container lid with four pieces of plastic taped to each side is actually the human spine with joints and limbs. Trust me, ask the artist first.
Ways to Store Your Picasso's Work
1. Take a picture. Most projects are recyclable. If you cannot stand the clutter, take a picture. With smart phones, tablets and cameras it is easy to create folders in your cloud or drive to organize, share and store your child's art. Store by age, year, class, teacher or project.
2. Make a book. After taking pictures and uploading you can easily create a coffee table book of your child's work. There are a handful of sites, apps and software programs that will help you facilitate this project. (A few of our favorites - www.shutterfly.com, www.snapfish.com, www.costco.com). The fun part about this project is you can include text and descriptions by the artist!
3. Make a portfolio. A little different than a book, the portfolio has the actual project pieces glued or inserted into a book. You can make your own, or get fancy and buy a real artists portfolio at any art store.
4. Make an art/project folder/drawer. Find a large drawer in your home that serves as the landing place for non-displayed work. Once the drawer is filled, go through with your child and chose keepers. It's amazing how some pieces are way cooler to you and your child than others after being stored for awhile. You can also buy hanging folder bins and folders to store upright.
5. Mail it. Guaranteed you have family and friends who would love to receive a custom piece of work in the mail. You can put a bright spot in someone's day just by putting a little gift with all those yucky bills.
6. Donate. With consideration, common sense and caution you can teach your child to brighten a community member's day. Have a few pieces in the car. When you go to the grocery store, doctor, dentist, coffee shop...ig. you can have your child give a piece to a familiar worker. Most likely they will love it and your child will have a first hand experience on how to put a smile on someone's face.
7. Send to work. There is nothing cuter than watching a child's face when their grownup takes a custom made project to work with them.
8. Wrap with it. Use flat pieces as wrapping paper. I love the re-usability and thoughtfulness of wrapping a gift with a one-of a kind piece.
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- CS Parent