Monday, 7 November 2011

our art-space

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Today I thought I'd share our little art-space.

You guys know we love to spend time creating, painting, drawing, modelling etc. I wanted a place where I could keep all our supplies, in easy reach of the kids to encourage spontaneous and self-directed art time.

My dad bought Vinnie this easel for his birthday. It is the perfect height for the kiddos right now and writing/drawing on an easel uses different muscles and coordination skills to writing on a flat surface so is great for their development.

One side is a chalkboard the other is meant for drywipe markers. We do have some markers and I let Vin play with them somtimes, but I wasn't keen on having them out all of the time, while he is still in the draw on walls phase! Instead I turned the whiteboard side into a colouring side...

I used wood glue to attach some wooden clothes pegs to the top of the easel, so the kiddos can pin up sheets of paper...

I always keep this side 'stocked' with paper so there's nothing stopping the little ones getting to work...

On the tray underneath we keep all of our supplies...

Recycled jam jars full of crayons, colouring pencils, chalks, spatulas, paint brushes and those little Ikea pencils that are perfect for little fingers - we also have marker pens and paints, but they are more supervised activities at the moment!

we also have a supply of different kinds of paper, coloured construction paper, lined, squared and plain - as this space grows I plan to separate the different kinds of paper using an in-tray type thing so the kiddos don't have to rifle through to find what they're looking for

Underneath I keep our playdough centre, a roll of drawing paper (this is from Ikea and is designed to fit over their own brand of easel - we use it for rolling out on the floor to do big doodles!) and our collage kit

We are short on space here so it is perfect that our little space tucks neatly between the bookshelves in our living room, with enough space for a kiddo either side. I love that it fits under the window because we all know artists need natural light to create!

So what do you think guys? Do you have a space like this for your kiddos? Have I missed anything out?

p.s. you should check out my friend Mother Porridge's post to see what her kiddos did to their art space


  1. I am beginning to think I need to invest in an easel - and I know how inexpensive they are at Ikea. We have a chalkboard on the the wall, but this is so much more than that. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness. I think it's a wonderful space.

  2. you convinced me to get an easel! looks like they are having tons of fun!

  3. fabulously fun art space!
    Thanks for sharing & linking to the Sunday Showcase! Hope to see you this week.


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