Displaying and storing student artwork

My kids love art. They love drawing, painting, crafting, all things art. We have a three-tier rolling cart full of supplies: a variety of paints, brushes, various types of papers, chalk and oil pastels, etc. We are prepared for almost any art or craft project our curriculum (or Pinterest project) calls for. What we wrestle with every year is what to do with all of the art once the project is completed.

This year, the girls were not only doing art assignments through their The Good & the Beautiful language arts curriculum, but with our artist study as well. I decided we needed a system. Not a perfect system, just a system that was sustainable for the year. My good-enough system would need two components: 1. a way to display artwork and 2. a way to store artwork.

For the first problem, displaying artwork, I came up with a solution for less than $5. I hung two white posters with command strips on the wall behind our classroom door. I use tape or poster putty to hang art on the posters, keeping the wall clean. The posters look pretty bad right now from a year’s worth of putty and tape, so I do not think I’ll be able to use them again next year.

For the second issue, I needed a way to store all of their art assignments, because obviously two posters is not enough room for a year’s worth of art for three students. I decided to simply use file folders. Once the posters get full, about every four to six weeks, I carefully remove the art from the display area and place the papers or canvas boards into the correct child’s file folder and store on their shelf with their other books and folders.

After this week, our last week of school, I will tuck the artwork file folder into the rest of their folders, notebooks, and workbooks to store in a huge bin. There is not reason to store the art long term. Taking pictures of the projects to store digitally would make more sense, but I love to pull out those boxes of years past and go through their work, remembering all the fun we had throughout our homeschool journey.


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