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Over the next few weeks I will be giving you a look at our learning spaces and I have decided to start with my favourite, art! The art shelves live at one end of the playroom. First of all, how awesome are these shelves? I love them. My husband made them for us. There is 3 of them down in the play room and art takes up a whole one alone. I give the most space to the things my girls are interested in and they both create art every single day. Some of their art gets displayed above the shelves, and it’s constantly changing. All we did was get some small stick on hooks, string, and mini wooden pegs. Easy! Ok, lets take a closer look at the shelves…
Starting from the top left we have lots of materials for drawing: oil pastels, chalk pastels, charcoal, pencils, watercolour pencils, markers, crayons, eraser, and sharpener. In the blue cup with the charcoal is also some broken candle pieces, they sometimes use them to draw on white paper and then paint over with watercolours to reveal the picture. We also have two art books displayed ‘Usbourne Lift-the-flap Art‘, and ‘Famous Paintings‘. And our little ‘Mannekin‘ there who looks like he’s dancing.
Underneath that we have all of our art books, journals, and paper.
The bottom left shelf is painting! From left to right we have paintbrushes, micador watercolour palletes, liquid watercolours, washable poster paint, and then trays/cups/pallettes for putting paint in which there are more of but they were in use today. You can see that the ice cube trays are currently being used for liquid watercolours, I find that they are best for them because they don’t end up using too much.
Back up to the top, on the right we display any art that can’t be hung up, or work in progress. At the moment it’s filled with clay sculptures.
Underneath that is all of our crafty bits and pieces. In the tray on the left there is felt, foam, and tissue paper. The bowl in the middle is the ‘scrap’ bowl. All of the loose bits and pieces that end up everywhere get put into this bowl for later use. There’s ribbons, wool, wooden pegs, recycled materials, and who knows what else! On the right there is jars of small things like rubber bands, beads, pom poms, craft sticks, and pipe cleaners. Then there is glue, a tray full of lots of different types of scissors, tape, and hole punchers.
On the bottom right shelf is all of our clay/play dough materials: loose parts, pattern stampers, clay tools, wire, jars with play dough and clay, rolling pins, and mats to put underneath when working with the materials. The mats are just those cheap thin chopping boards found in supermarkets.
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the tour of our art space. I am often asked how my kids go having free access to everything and the answer is, great! I did envision a lot of waste and constant mess when we first started but that hasn’t been the case after the initial excitement wore off. There is mess, sure, but you have to expect that with artists in the house! They have surprised me with how responsible they are with it.
You can read more about how we approach art here, and I’d love to hear about your art spaces too!