Today, I tackled my huge Rubbermaid tub of kids art. It was time to make decisions! Do I keep all of this fabulous preschool art or do I throw it away? And how do I decide what to save and what to keep?
Here are the conclusions I came to....
1. Unless I build a small museum, I cannot keep it all.
2. If it came out of their precious, creative little mind...I'll keep it.
3. If the art is made from a teacher's template and essentially just assembled or stamped or not really their creation....I'll throw it away (even if it's cute).
4. I'm allowed to make a few, careful exceptions to #2 and #3.
Let's look at a few examples...
Stephen's turkey, Laurie's apple tree. Both adorable and colorful, but not their creations. Though making these was a great activity, they are impersonal...because every one in the class made these and they do not reflect their ideas or creativity.
I threw them away.
Keeper. It's his work, his ideas, his creation. I love it.
But the tree on the right, another cute one, but un-original to him.
Below is Laurie's signature ballerina. She's drawn at least 40 of these recently. I did not keep them all. I kept one. Probably a framer.
Stephen's snowman. Everyone in his class drew a snowman, but the work is entirely his. No pre-fab cut outs or stamps. Keep.
I reduced my huge pile of papers by more than half. I feel like I have a manageable amount of art now. But oh I know there's more coming, so much more. And that's exactly why I had to come up with a system.
What do you do with kids art?