Honestly, we don't do a lot of art at home with Henry. I really should work on rectifying that situation, but for now I'll focus on the topic of this post: dealing with art that comes home from school.
There are so many things I feel all at once when Henry brings up a big pile of art from school:
- Where can we hang this so Henry feels honored?
- Do we have to hang all of this?
- What do we do with it when it's done being hung?
- How am I simultaneously a nostalgic hoarder and a relentless purger?
So here's the system we've been using lately that is working for us:
- Big pile comes home.
- I put some of the pieces in these plastic frames on the fridge. The frames help it feel not too cluttered to me.
- Other pieces I take photos of using the Artkive app and then recycle when Henry isn't looking.
- When more piles come in, I repeat the process. I plan to keep one to two pieces a year in his scrapbook, but the rest will be scrapbooked electronically. I will print a book for him of all his art/work when I amass enough to make it interesting. I read this review of printing from the Artkive app to a book and it sounds really promising.