their drawings

October 28, 2013

drawingdrawingdrawingdrawingdrawingdrawingThey love to draw and this book is so great to springboard off of for our art lessons. True and Brave are a little over a year apart, but you can still tell how that slight bit of time affects their perception, spatial understanding, and certain developmental abilities. It probably isn’t so obvious just by looking at these pictures, but I totally see it in their drawings that they often leave all over the house.

I love all their drawings, but they do so many, so often, that I frequently end up putting some in the recycle box. I try my best to not be a hoarder, so I always feel bad when I toss something they drew. I do keep some (a lot actually) and put it in a memory box, but it’s so hard to pick sometimes what to pick to save and what to toss.

Our “memory box” is in a coat closet and I put the things I want to save into that box. I try to encourage them to do a lot of their drawing into their designated sketchbooks to make things easier to save since it’s all in one place, but those girls love to get printer paper to draw on and I find those drawings everywhere! What are some of your tips for keeping your children’s artwork?

16 comments on “their drawings”

  • Tenmackie says:

    I photograph my children’s artwork and save the images for future projects. I’m thinking a poster with my favourite sketches? In the meantime, we call all view their work on the ipad and watch the progression as they get better. It’s such an encouragement to them.

  • Heather says:

    That’s what’s so great about this digital age… just scan or photograph them all… and keep the images, then keep the hard copies of the ones you really feel are the best of the best. Think of it like their portfolio… you only want the best in your portfolio. XD

  • Beth says:

    We use artkive, too.

  • Lacy says:

    I love saving my kids art…I have a very hard time deciding what to keep and what not to. So each of my kids has their own file box, and I have folders for each year that I put their work in. If a folder gets too full, I have to get rid of some. This just helps me be more organized and not feel terrible for throwing stuff out 🙂

    • Niknak says:

      Having one folder for each year is a great idea! And then you have to sort out some, and still its enough space to keep lots of good ones. i always have a stack of the good ones on a shelf, but it gets too messy of a pile and then i usually put them in a see through plastic bag (about a pile from one year) … why didn’t i think of folders?

  • nikki says:

    love how you incorporate creativity into their learning! you inspire me as a mom. truly!


  • Kaori says:

    My mom used to take our drawings and punch holes on one side of the paper and put a cardboard cover and back on it, and used a yarn/rope to bind it together. Apparently, it was one of my favorite “books” to look through even as I got older.

    PS: Just wanted to say I’ve been following your blog for a bit now and I really love reading about and seeing the gorgeous photos of you and your family. x

  • rachel says:

    I love love love this book and so did my daughter.
    She also got My Beautiful Life- An Autobiography in Pictures as a Christmas present last year, and it’s a great keepsake too, though some of the “prompts” aren’t yet applicable.

  • kelly says:

    here we keep the dated & signed drawings {only}
    i hate throwing their art but there are lots around
    so i let at their disposition a stamp & an ink pad & they love this autonomy
    bise from france

  • sunny one says:

    wow~ so amazing draw book!!
    i really wanna buy one too for my kids~
    my kids loves draw too!
    and i know that’s a lot! hahaha^^

  • Rosalind says:

    I have been photographing or scanning Anya’s artwork for the last 3 years to make a book! The art has slowed down since she started school!! It was my solution to her wanting to keep EVERYTHING!!! She finally will let me use some for wrapping paper for gifts too. I scan and re-print for cards also after a bit of photo shop!

  • Phillipa says:

    I still love looking at my paintings my mum saved! We’ve got a gallery wall and as my daughter has got older I ask her to choose her favourites – interesting to see what she loves vs what I love. I save a lot and divide often by themes (seasons etc) – I frame quite a lot and so much gets turned into thank you cards/birthday cards etc. I really liked the idea of a digital book but never managed it in reality. Lovely post thank you!! I really love the ideas/illustration books – there is a lovely french one I saw that has a little story then blank page for kids to illustrate what they imagine – so wonderful!

  • Ajabaja says:

    What’s the name of the book? It looks amazing!

  • When imagining the head, ribcage, or pelvis as boxes, we find that they are rarely seen at predictable views but are continuously changing in their positions in space. Illustration 1 shows a series of rectangular cubes presented as a head thrown into different perspectives. In the center row and middle rows the cube is tipped and turned and all of their respective positions appear to be vanishing to a true horizon—that is, all lines are vanishing to the eye level of the viewer. The outside rows show the cube tipped, turned, and tilted, which means all lines are vanishing to a false horizon—they are no longer vanishing to the eye level. This is most often the case when drawing the head. Note the axis of the head that orients its position in space. The axis is an imaginary rod running through the middle center of the mass.

  • Lia paradiso says:

    Glue them into the sketch books

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