Thursday, April 7, 2011

Art Supply Organization

Living in a very creative household where art is created daily, the art supply box can get jumbled. Every so often a thorough reorganization is needed, some items are donated, pencils are sharpened and materials cataloged.

Then the boxes go from a busy mess... a much neater easily accessible supply box. We dug in yesterday with new projects and plan to do more today.


  1. *sigh*. I would much rather do the kind of reorganizing that you're doing instead of the chore that I am: cleaning the tile wall and SS range hood above my stove. In fact, I'm supposed to be looking for a good way to get the soap and water stains off the 'stainless' steel hood, but I got sidetracked...

    Have fun!

  2. I have trouble organizing the pre-production art supplies but even more so the post-production art! What do you do with all the creations? Our 2-d stuff generally gets hung up and then put into a big folder or box but the 3-d stuff doesn't pack up so well.

  3. Rena, I completely empathize with your situation. I will admit our post-production art could be handled more smoothly, but it's not bad. Everything is dated with the initials of the creator. The art goes into a box. When that box is full, the boys were is separated into larger storage boxes, one for each kid. Periodically, the art is reviewed and a pieces are selected to represent an era of work. The art is typically photographed before being recycled or repurposed.

    3-D art usually is kept on display for awhile, then photographed and recycled or repurposed. However, I look up from where I write & see four meticulously crafted paper houses with drawn shingles, painted walls and "furnished" interiors with drawn rugs and lights. The 3-D houses have had an extraordinarily long shelf life because I think they are too cool., I believe, had a post suggesting strategies for art storage. I've searched, but I can't find it. It was quite rigorous, suggesting that only a few pieces are kept each year. That's a bit much for my tastes.

    I have been trying to encourage the use of sketch books because they are easier to store & tell an interesting story as you flip through them.


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