I have recently read a couple of things online about how to keep your children’s artwork. It got me thinking….. why would you want to keep all that stuff? These articles were talking about photographing or (worse yet) scanning each painting, drawing etc and then creating photobooks or albums showcasing the art. I just thought, “Are you serious?” My kid (the kinder one) brings home multiple paintings, drawings and box constructions (oh I HATE them!) EVERYDAY. Can you imagine the time it would take to copy them into whatever format, arrange them artfully in some sort of considered way and then produce the book or CD or whatever. And for what? I can’t see myself trawling happily through thousands of four year old creations in my retirement and I hardly think they’ll want them. I’ve never thought to myself, if only I had copies of my own artwork from that age. Personally I just don’t see the point, or have the time to do it even if I did. But it does seem like other do, perhaps their craft-makers are not quite so prolific, or perhaps they can see a future Picasso or White or something.
Miss Five’s artwork is all the same, just varying colours. Blobs, lines and dabs with the occasional flower thrown in. You ask her what she’s painted and she simply says, “Art!” Don’t get me wrong, I love them because she’s spent so much time getting them just the way she wants them and has gained so much enjoyment out of the creative process (that I didn’t have to organise, set up or clean up!!), I just don’t need to keep them.
My theory on the excessive amounts of craft that comes home each night is simple. One goes on the fridge each week, anything particularly colourful or pleasing to the eye gets stashed to use a wrapping paper (I may never have to buy paper again!) and the rest gets quietly filed in the recycling bin.
There is one exception, a painting on canvas that the kids did for Mother’s Day. This perfectly sums up my child and her idea of art. It’s all pink, purple and light blue and the usual abstract style. I’m going to frame this one and hang in it on the wall somewhere as a tribute to her passion for the paintbrush over the last year.
Do you think I’m lacking in appropriate maternal sentimentality or do others take a similar approach to kids’ artwork? Are you an avid electronic (or hard copy) collector of the stuff, stashing it away for future nostalgic occasions? Or is artwork so rarely done that you treasure each and every item?