I thought I'd follow up yesterday's post about art accessibility and siblings with a post about the current art spaces around our house.
You've all seen our easel in several recent posts as Maia's been using it a LOT lately. So much so that our living room walls are completely covered with her drawings from the last couple of weeks and there's an additional stack of rolled up easel drawings in the corner of the room.
I put paints at the easel a few days ago and she's been painting since. She's working on a painting of outer space in the photo above with Saturn in the lower left corner and plenty of white stars. This is the first time I've brought the tempera paints into the living room—before I've always had her use them in the studio or outside.
- And here's where we store the art supplies in the studio. There are gallon jugs of tempera paint and a gallon jug of glue along the floor, smaller squeeze bottles of paint and glue on the first shelf as well as scissors, oil pastels, colored pencils, and an assortment of paint brushes.
- The second shelf has watercolor paints, crayons, tempera paint cakes
- The green bins hold miscellaneous art supplies (extra brushes, more glue, wool fleece, etc).
- Above them, a variety of papers (I also have a basket of paper on the studio table that Maia can reach and another of collage papers that is accessible).
- Above the paper, liquid watercolor paint, droppers, liquid watercolor stamp pads, bowls for paints, glitter, and a bin of kitchen items that I use for making homemade art materials (salt, pasta, flour, cornstarch, etc).
- Above that, mason jars of ribbons and other sewing items.
This is Maia's writing table, which we've moved into her room. She does some writing and drawing here, but not nearly as much as when we had it out in the main living area. I think it's time to rearrange things once again…
She also has a large chalkboard and felt board in her bedroom, which get sporadic use.
And here's Maia's little red table that is near our kitchen and dining area. I hung an Ikea triple wall pocket behind the table to keep some of her art supplies accessible. I don't see the wall pocket available anymore, but here's a similar one. In hers are an assortment of blank books, a hole punch, a ruler, tape, scissors, pencil sharpener, crayons, stickers, markers, watercolor paints, and an alphabet template.
So that's the overview of our current art areas—we're spread all over the house! We also do a lot of art at our dining table and, in warmer weather, outside. I'm sure we'll have to adjust somewhat as Daphne becomes mobile, so thanks for all the ideas yesterday!
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