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Saving Masterpieces

Here at Averyboo Arts we have some pretty awesomely devoted art students who eagerly come to our studio weekly to create art. These students leave with a huge sense of accomplishment, having learned new skills, and with a new work of art every 1-2 weeks. As our students transition from class to class over a number of months or years, their art collection grows along with their artistic skills – we often hear requests for ideas on how to save each and every single masterpiece.

Saving your budding little artists art work can be quite a feat when wanting to support your child’s artistic growth, saving memories of their youth for posterity, and a whole slew of other reasons. Averyboo Arts is here to help with simple, creative, and effective ways on how to keep your art students works of art!

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The Portfolio, it’s a romantic reminder of all the great artists throughout history. Just hearing the word conjures up an image of paint splattered artists roaming cities with their portfolios under their arms. This age old artists companion is a must have for art students of any level. They store work wrinkle free, protect from sunlight, yellowing and degradation in general, and best of all its thin flat storage.

You could also create an e-portfolio, photographing all your favorite pieces of art and creating a Shutterfly book. You could also set up a virtual portfolio by using your digital copies of art work as a screen saver on your computer.

Another modern portfolio option is to use an app like Artkive, check it out in your App Store.

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The Gallery, another quintessential element of all the great artists, is just as effective as it is chic! The very first public galleries in France were annual salons where work was hung from wall to ceiling. Create your own gallery art home with varying sized thrift frames, place them in a small wall at the end of a hallway, in your child’s room, or in your dining room. A gallery is a great way to highlight your child’s talents, plus you can switch out the art as it gets made. Once it’s done being displayed store it in your portfolio!

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Recycle Reuse Reduce, this solution is by far the one to employ when at a loss of what to do.

Recycle, we have seen a lot of creative uses for art work, consult the Internet or Pinterest for ideas, but some of our favorites are handmade cards, wrapping paper, book covers…

Reuse, art makes a wonderful gift of any occasion and any space, a small gallery over your desk at work or on grandma’s coffee table maybe?

Reduce, while every single piece of art is in deed a treasure, some pieces are a little rougher around the edges, or not as shiny as the rest of your loot, it’s a part of the process of being an art student… Have a show for two, decide along with your student what to hold onto, and how you want to use what you’ve got – they will love having involvement over their art.

From Averyboo Arts, enjoy making art, tame you space, and save those masterpieces!

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February 6, 2015 at 7:42 pm Leave a comment

Keeping Kids Busy – Shaving Cream

If you have a sliding glass door or a low window your child can reach from outside, then this activity may give you a few peaceful moments to yourself…

You will need:
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– A can of  99-cent-store shaving cream
NOTE: If your child is still putting everything in his or her mouth, you can substitute for canned whipped cream.
– A silicone spatula, a paint brush & any other tools that won’t scratch the glass
– Your kid outside in messy clothes

Averyboo Arts, Natalie Meza
If your child is strong enough, let them go ahead and spray cream onto the window. Remember, the point is to keep your child busy for a little bit, so don’t jump in to rescue them & spray out all the cream – that could cost you 10-15 minutes of free time…

Averyboo Arts, Natalie Meza
Let your child fiddle with the can for a while on their own. If your child is frustrated then of course, give them some help & spray a few globs around the window.

Averyboo Arts, Natalie Meza

Next, let your child have at it.
Don’t be afraid of the shaving cream… it will all wash off.
They can spread the cream with their hands or tools. They can pretend to paint, draw, cook, slay dragons, whatever they like. If you’re lucky, you’ll get at least 20 minutes out of this activity.

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When your child is all finished, give them a hose and tell them you need a fireman to help clean the window and, BAM, you’ve just squeezed another 10 minutes out of this activity.

Simple but fun. Enjoy.

 

June 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

Museum with Kids : Idea #1

Ellsworth Kelly at LACMA

This is the first in a series of posts I’ll be making (when I have time) about taking young children to the museum. Not all museums have to be “hands-on” to be fun or educational. National & county museums are open to families, FUN, change regularly and can help children learn about boundaries, respect & appreciation.

Remember the ground rules:
1) The trip should be no more than 2 hours to avoid overstimulation & tantrums.
2) Decide which areas of the museum you will explore before you go.
3) Explain rules about no touching (unless it’s hands-on) and no running.
4) Ask your kids open-ended questions about what they see
5) Pack a snack & be flexible – don’t force your child to read/listen to every description or stay in an area that is creating a negative vibe. You want to instill a love of art, not dread.
6) This article is a good read before you plan your visit: Exploring the Art Museum by MaryAnn Kohl

Museum with Kids : Idea #1 – Matching Game
This idea seems so obvious, but it had never occurred to me until my son came up with it all on his own during our last visit to LA County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Usually, temporary exhibits have some sort of free pamphlet available with info about the art & artist. Ask your child to explore the exhibit and match the artwork in the pamphlet to the real art on the wall. Children might be surprised to see that the actual art is enormous or tiny in comparison to the printed size. They might also observe the texture & color are different as well.

Below are pictures of my son matching prints in the Ellsworth Kelly Exhibit, which was simple, vibrant, and had lots of shapes… Sorry for the blurry photos, I wasn’t supposed to be taking pictures in there (oopsy), but snuck a couple on my phone because I’m a Mom and it was cute 🙂 If you try to sneak a photo, be sure to keep your flash OFF. The flash can be harmful to the art.

Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly

May 7, 2012 at 7:24 pm 2 comments


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