My N loves to draw. I love that he loves to draw. So, to foster this I signed him up for art classes at The Bean and Belle when we were living in NC. He learned so much. It was so great how the teacher had them work on a single project for weeks, concentrating on all of the details needed to make the artwork amazing. Here he is at his first art show with one of his masterpieces:
Don’t let the serious look fool you, he was beyond stoked and so proud. I have always displayed his artwork in various areas throughout the home. I enjoy looking at them as much as he enjoys making them. When we moved to CO, I wanted a way to display his art but also be able to change it out easily. So, one day I saw this picture on a blog that I read, and I posted it to one of my Pinterest boards.
Don’t you just love how clean and simple this looks? It looked like a great way to hang a lot of different pieces and to interchange it easily. So, the hubs and I got to work. Well, I gave him the idea, and he actually did most of the measuring, cutting, and staining. I did not take pictures of each step in the process. Sorry, that was pre-blog. But basically, we measured the wall going up the staircase to determine the length of the boards we needed. After taking measurements of the boards that would go horizontally and vertically, the hubs cut them. He then laid them out and stained them with a dark stain. We have a lot of woodwork in our home, so we wanted to contrast the boards for the art wall with the other wood. After several coats of stain and dry time, we brought the pieces indoors and mounted them to the wall. I purchased hangers from the trusty old Target at less than $5 for four and Voila!
Here you have it as it looks ToDaY.
You will notice his Wild Thing named Hairy is still with us, along with some newer pieces he has created. I have also added some quotes to the art wall. If you are not familiar with Katie Daisy (Take a Hike, as seen above), check her out. I have several of her prints hanging in my home. I love it, N loves it. I plan on changing out the quotes as I find ones that “speak” to me or a member of my little family.
So, what do you think? Do you have one area in your home where you display the kiddo’s art? Does your kid enjoy drawing? Does he/she draw anything in particular?
Every time I look up at this wall, I just smile because sometimes it is just the little things.