I love that my daughter loves to create. She is constantly drawing, painting, building and “beautifying” her toys, the cupboards and anything that will stand still long enough. I caught her painting our dogs toenails while he was asleep not too long ago.
She has been given control of which artwork goes on the fridge, which artwork goes in to the eight framed “masterpiece theatre” that is my kitchen wall and which pieces are used as wrapping paper, gifts and letters and to whom. It gives her a great thrill to curate colours and even though it can be at times very trying to wait for her final decision and it usually ends up with a kitchen full of glitter, it gives her a sense of pride in her work.
But boy, it is a LOT of artwork to try and keep around.
I started looking in to ways of controlling the mess, seeing what other mothers have done with the mountain of artwork that comes home and gets done at home, and I found ArtKive. Now, I’m not one to recommend an app that I don’t, but this seems to be a really simple premise – you take a photo of the artwork, you can track the date it was created and then you can put them in to a yearly book which they will professionally print and bind for you, or you can make it in to other presents and things. There are other companies who do similar things, but this is dedicated to chronicling children’s artwork, so it really is fit for purpose.
Now, she has just gotten in to taking videos and working with me to turn them in to movies. I’ll need ot start looking at ways of pulling this all together too… I feel an enormous external hard drive purchase in my near future!!
Posted by redsage, 31st May 2013