I am sure many of you feel guilty at the thought of throwing away any of your children’s masterpieces. These artworks tell stories about moments in the life of your child; the things that are important to them and their developmental milestones.
Displaying your children’s artworks and talking to them about what they have made will help to reinforce your interest in their work. However, if you have pictures fighting for space on the fridge door and a collection gathering around your house, a Stella Artwork from Black Mouse Design will solve this storage problem.
Once you select the artworks you want in your collage, I photograph them, make any touch up necessary to the digital files then combine the images into your chosen collage arrangement. Tatty corners, fold lines and unwanted writing can easily be removed leaving children’s images looking true to the artworks they had created so that when they child looks at the finished piece, they see mini images of their work that they will recognise as their own.
Collages are printed on archival, 260gsm satin photographic paper and are guaranteed to last for years to come, to be viewed and enjoyed every day, marking a special stage in the development of your child and some of the precious moments in your life.
There are so many benefits that come from valuing and encouraging your child’s art. Art is an outlet to express feelings and emotions. It gives the opportunity to make choices and solve problems as well gain fine muscle control and strengthen hand-eye coordination.
I remember when my son, Samuel was four and proudly presented me with some new paintings and an explanation that “This is Dad riding a horse and this is Dad and me eating ice-cream.” Valuing these moments and appreciating children’s creativity assists in strengthening their self-esteem. As parents, we can help our children retain their enjoyment and confidence in art and remember that art is a journey of exploration with materials, techniques and ideas.
Creating artwork should focus more on the discovery rather than the destination. There shouldn’t be restrictive boundaries that make your young child feel their work is not good. As Kandinsky said “There is no must in art because art is free.”
I left a career as a secondary school art teacher fourteen years ago to follow my entrepreneurial drive and started a design studio. Stella Artworks is a culmination of my photography, art education and graphic design skills.
Don’t hesitate to reach out!
My studio is in Melbourne, Australia