The art wall

I have a lot of windows all around my classroom which I love but it also means I have very, very little wall space for hanging up kid’s art. As one solution to display kid’s art in my classroom, I asked my husband if he would build me an art frame…

The Art Frame by Teach Preschool

To build the frame, my husband cut and hammered together a long strip of white wood trim we purchased from Home Depot into a big square and I painted it red. I know, that is a bright color but my walls are intentionally a very soft color so that I can add things like a bright red frame on them without it being overwhelming to the eyes…

The Art Frame by Teach Preschool

After the paint dried, I added four lengths of string across the back of the frame for clipping clothespins on…

The Art Frame by Teach Preschool

And then my husband hung the frame using industrial strength velcro to the wall. Let me warn you that Industrial Strength velcro is strong and will pull your drywall right out of the wall if you mess up and decide to pull it off so be sure you know what you want to do before you ever think about using it…

The Art Frame by Teach Preschool

The size and shape of the frame was designed to fit into one of the only large open wall spaces I had available in the classroom…

The Art Frame by Teach Preschool

The frame is up high but because we used velcro to attach the frame to the wall, I can pry the frame loose from the wall to add artwork and eventually to invite my students to begin adding their own artwork and then put it back up. Remember, the industrial strength velcro that we used is very strong but should I feel the frame might be getting unstable at any level, I will just hammer the frame permanently in place.  Although the frame is up higher than I would like, it still really helps and as needed, the teachers can use a step stool to reach the clothespins…

The Art Frame by Teach Preschool

I love the simple way the art frame can be used to display art throughout the school year. It may not be a perfect solution but the kids seem happy and I am happy with it too!

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By | September 4th, 2014|Categories: Creative Art, DIY|Tags: , , |5 Comments

The preschool art gallery

Throughout part of our school year, we began saving a few pieces of the children’s artwork so to have a sampling of each child’s work that we could display in our simple preschool art gallery…

Preschool Art Gallery by Teach Preschool

It is always amazing to me how different artwork looks once you frame it or mount it on a colored background. It suddenly can change the look of the artwork from a blob of colors on paper to having the look of a valuable piece of fine art…

Preschool Art Gallery by Teach Preschool

We decided to add the art gallery to our end of the year school graduation program and I am so glad we did. By having the art gallery included in our graduation day celebration, the parents, grandparents, friends, and family were able to all come to one event and see the amazing work my preschoolers had participated in creating throughout the school year…

Preschool Art Gallery by Teach Preschool

The art gallery also gave the children something special to share with their parents and was a terrific way for each child to feel recognized by all of us. In our end of the year program, all the children in my class come and participate. Part of the evening is a short celebration of the graduates and part of the evening is a celebration of all the children…

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To prepare our art display boards, I  purchased one cardboard display board from the Dollar Tree for each child. For each child’s board, we included the child’s portfolio, at least four pieces of artwork, and the child’s printed name….

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Some of the artwork, we mounted on a complimenting color of construction paper. If needed, we cut the artwork down a bit to fit as long as we didn’t actually cut any of the artwork in the process. Once the artwork was ready to mount to the board, we used doubled backed packing tape to hold it in place so the parents could gently remove the artwork from their child’s board when they took the board home…

Preschool Art Gallery by Teach Preschool

I wanted to use a variety of artwork such as 3D artwork (lid collages or button collages) as well as easel painting and other types of paintings on the boards. I have fellow teachers who place all the artwork into real frames for their art gallery but there was no way I could possibly to that so this approach worked really well for me and my parents loved it too…

Preschool Art Gallery by Teach Preschool

Inside the children’s portfolios were items like their journals, samples of their drawings, small pieces of artwork, and anything else that would fit that we might have held onto over the school year…

Preschool Art Gallery by Teach Preschool

The one thing I didn’t have time to do that I will be sure to add next year is a label identifying the process used to create each piece of artwork. After all, we all know that it the process is what really matters to young children so I want to be sure to highlight those processes next year.  I will just have to start planning a little earlier…

Preschool Art Gallery by Teach Preschool

So here is a little closer look at some of our art displays…

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Preschool Art Gallery by Teach Preschool

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Let me know if you have any questions I can answer about the art gallery in the comments below! I am happy to answer them.

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This is what happens when you give a set of stickers to a set of kids

Making the rounds in social networking has been this wonderful post titled, “This is What Happens when you Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids.” from Colossal. This post shares the wonderful artwork called, “The Obliteration Room.” If you haven’t taken a look at their sticker dot covered white room yet, it is worth a quick peek!

Piano Dots - Yayoi Kusama’s ‘The obliteration room’

Inspired by this work of art, I created our own mini-version of this dot art process by setting out different colors of sticker dots in our easel for the day…

The children stopped by the easel all through out the day to add a dot here or there…

This art process isn’t just visually amazing, it is open ended and it seems to reach out and invite every child in the classroom to stop by and participate at their leisure…

All day long the children kept adding dots to the easel…

And all through out the day, the children were putting their fine motor skills to work as they worked to peel off the dots from the sticker paper…

Every once in awhile, I would have a child stop and ask me if I could help them peel off the sticker. Instead, I would sit down with the child and show him or her how to bend back the sticker paper a bit to make the dot pop up and then peel it back on their own. Every child was able to do this on their own by the end of the day…

Sometimes, I would see one child off by him/herself taking time to add more dots…

And other times, I would look over and see children working on the dots with their friends…

I have to also mention that this was a great tool to use while children were waiting a turn or waiting for the other students to finish snack or when just needing something to do for a few minutes…

I was planning to leave the easel with the dots up all week, but we ended up needing the easel for another activity.  I definitely want to bring this process back into my classroom but I would like to see this process made available to the children over a longer period of time so I am trying to decide on a surface or canvas I can leave out over a longer period of time…

What resonated with me the most after reading the post shared by Colossal was that sometimes an art process takes time and the beauty of the process is that it may always be a work in progress…

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By | March 2nd, 2012|Categories: motor skills|Tags: , , , , |16 Comments

Creating a preschool art gallery

There is just something special about taking a child’s artwork and adding a simple frame. It makes simple art look like fine art.

I know these look like real frames but they are sheets of  paper stationary with a “framed look” around the edges. The teachers cut out the center of the paper and placed it over some of the children’s artwork.

Through out this summer, the children at Learning Time Preschool school have been enjoying all kinds of art experiences such as bubble painting, water bottle printing, and designing with craft sticks. I was able to catch many of the activities in action along the way but haven’t posted them all yet. I will continue to share these activities over the next few months because they are all so wonderful!

As the children created throughout the summer, the teachers saved a collection of artwork from each child to display in the end of summer Art Gallery.

Some of the artwork including the large group color wheels, made by each class, were displayed in the school library..

Artwork was then framed or mounted on construction paper, then displayed throughout the walls in each of the school hallways…..

After all  of the art was prepared and displayed throughout the school, the children were then given a tour of the art gallery.

The children were encouraged to view the art with their eyes and not with their hands.

Of course, some of that art was just too tempting not to reach out and touch!

The children were given time to look at their friend’s artwork and time to find their own artwork.

Both individual art and group art was displayed for the parents and children to view…

In the afternoon, parents arrived to view the art gallery. Some parents preferred to take a minute a look through the gallery on their own without a child tour…

And almost all parents went on a tour of the art gallery with their child…

Refreshments of cheese, grapes, and punch was offered to our art gallery guests as well…

Where possible we tried to make sure at least 3 to 4 pieces of art were on display for each child and that each child’s name was clearly printed by their work. Space is certainly an issue so trying to do this attractively was no small piece of effort…

Where possible, each piece of artwork was labeled with the child’s name, the art process (bubble painting), and the title of the artwork.

In the end, we used windows, walls, tables, and easels to display the children’s art work. I don’t think my photos really give justice to how beautiful this all turned out to be but I hope you do get the idea!

Thank you for taking the tour of our summer art gallery with me today!

By | August 17th, 2010|Categories: Around the Classroom, Creative Art|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Framing your preschool artwork

The children have been creating all summer and the teachers have been saving a selection of each child’s art for an end of the summer Art Gallery. Part of preparing the artwork for the gallery is framing the art. I took a little look around to see how the children are framing their artwork and here are a few samples I came across…

Craft Sticks

Some of the artwork was framed in colorful craft sticks…

And some were framed in unpainted craft sticks…

Tape

Electric tape was added to give a bright, shiny finish to the edge of the paper plate bubble print…

Construction Paper

This piece of sand art was mounted on a sheet of construction paper with a flair…

This ball painting was mounted on construction paper and accented with a few colorful lids…

Construction paper with a little ribbon and beaded trim…

Streamers

Feathers

Everyone really got into the process of preparing their artwork for the gallery…the frames turned into pieces of art too!

If you are considering what to do with a simple bubble print or ball painting, try mounting it on a piece of construction paper or putting it in a picture frame and you will have a wonderful piece of artwork to display on your wall!

Here is an idea of what else you can do with your child’s artwork from 4 Crazy Kings!

And check out this Art Display from Classroom for the Little!

By | August 9th, 2010|Categories: Around the Classroom, Creative Art|Tags: , |3 Comments