Jun 8, 2010
It never occurred to me to not display my son’s masterpieces – and I wholeheartedly believe they are masterpieces – on our walls. Whenever he creates a new one, I ask him if I can hang it on the wall, and he says, “Tac, tac, tac!” This is because I tell him I need him to help me pull pieces of White Tac to put on the back of the masterpieces in order to make them stick to the wall.
We are currently visiting family for an extended period of time, and the first things I thought to pack – before clothes, Calpol, blankie, and favourite books and toys – were the masterpieces. I’m not sure if it was more for me or for him, but I immediately fixed the masterpieces on the walls in my parents’ home. And when my little guy’s cousins came over, he was so happy to share these drawings, paintings, collages, and sticker, cotton wool, stamp and leaf creations with them. He introduced each work of genius, excitedly stumbling over his words while describing the contents. He was so proud, and I was stolzgeschwellt watching and listening to him.
I’m aware that exposure to and creation of art can play a significant role in my son’s development, his cognitive and problem-solving skills, blah, blah, blah, his sensory awareness, blah, blah, and his manual dexterity, blah, blah, blah. More important to me is that it sparks imagination and creativity. I can see that creating art is building his self-confidence, and with each additional visit to a gallery or museum, he is building awareness – and hopefully an appreciation – for different cultures, as well as learning to respect alternative viewpoints. Why just the other day, we argued for two hours over what exactly Thomas Hirschhorn was trying to say in that one work in the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.
I recently found out about a fellow artist and mum, Jude, who decided to launch Artful Kids and Artful Adventures after working several years in museums and galleries. The former is a business which aims to present children’s artwork at its best. So, when displaying your little ones’ Pollock or Kandinsky renditions, if you’re considering graduating from White Tac, double-sided tape or good ol’ chewing gum to really showcasing their art, go to Artful Kids immediately. And I mean immediately; do not waste time passing go or collecting £200. Artful Adventures is Jude’s blog dedicated to the subject of children’s artwork. She blogs on a variety of topics, including tutorials, ideas and tips for displaying and storing children’s artwork, and relevant products and news. There is also a monthly “Featured Artist” selected from children’s artwork submitted to the Artful Kids Flickr Group.
Most of my little fella’s recent art projects seem to require the use of scissors. Whenever the munchkin shears are in his hands, he becomes the sole occupant of his own Scissor World. He is so focused, so completely engrossed, I waved stickers – his favourite objects on Earth – in front of him, and he didn’t blink. I did my best Shrek impersonation, and he could care less. I asked him if he wanted to go in the room and jump up and down on the bed with me, and he gave me a look as if to say, “Can’t you see I’m cutting here. Please stop your obnoxious behaviour.”
With these cut-out creations, there is one challenge – how best to stick them on the walls. He wants each one millimetre by one millimetre piece he cuts to also be presented on the wall. Luckily, the “Tac, tac, tac” allows us to accomplish this. And we are able to live in our own Edward Scissorhands Gallery.