05 September 2006

Create an art gallery in your garage

If digitizing your kid's artwork is too much trouble, how about creating an indoor art gallery? Sara found one in an unlikely place:

Out running in my neighborhood, I nosily noticed a neighbor's garage open with the lights on.  When I glanced in, I saw that the entire back wall was covered with a child's artwork, and big letters spelled out what I assume is the artist's name -- "Caleb."  I thought this was a great idea -- after all, how many pieces of art can a refrigerator hold?  I can imagine kids getting a big kick out of having their own art gallery, and taking vistitors out to see it.

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Heres an idea. Lets take the gallery one step further. Have your kid have a Gallery Opening. (S)he can learn about promotion by posting flyers and individule invitations to VIPs (Grandma?) (S)he can learn about purging thier art collection and the value of a dollar by selling or auctioning thier art. Could be a great lesson in Suply and Demand Economics aswell. Kids could also learn a bit of etiqute as they make sure that hourdurves are served and as they are the featured artist/host. Teach cooperation and community building by making it a group show between your kid and thier best friends. I dont even want to get into the educational possibilities of doing istallation pieces for thier show. If only there were a way to work spelling into this idea, because I think that I could use that.

I forgot to mention the most obvious gain to this idea... increased self-esteem for your famous little artist.

What a great idea! We have some Ikean magnet boards installed to accommodate the overflow art, but this beats it, hands down!

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