Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Child-Size Art Gallery

This post is authored by Anna Reyner, a registered art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist. Anna is a nationally recognized arts advocate that has conducted over 500 hands-on art workshops for learners of all abilities. Follow Anna’s blog at Art and Creativity in Early Childhood Education.

Special Needs Application:
Encourages non-verbal expression and enhances self-esteem.

Don't forget to display children's art at their own eye level. This "gallery space" is a great example that uses black butcher paper and black construction paper to create a dramatic background for preschool artwork. The gallery is further enhanced by combining 3-D art (coffee filter art) with 2-D art (paintings and yarn collage). Change out your art displays as often as possible - and make sure everyone's art is represented.

This second photo shows what hangs overhead in this same room, a 3-D hanging display of CD covers painted with BioColor®.

These simple but effective gallery display ideas are from the Hill n Dale Preschool in Santa Monica, CA.

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