I have always had the idea that the study would show case the kids art. A few years ago Abram bought me a matte cutting board and equipment to create my own mattes. Art paper is never standard and it is "easier" to make your own matte to fit a certain sized frame. I made two such matted pictured with frames, but stopped at that years ago. Two weekends ago, we rediscovered many of the kids art work that I had always wanted to frame. With Abram's help we added many frames to our study as well as other areas of the house.
From left to right:
Two pictures of Tobin. A friend of Tobin's sketched his senior picture as a graduation gift for him. I placed it with Tobin's self portrait from 9th grade. Tobin's portrait is made from magazine clippings using positive and negative space. It was on display for parent's night at the HS. I knew it was him immediately.
Center is pointillism of my dress shoes done by Sarai
Right is is water color done by Sarai.
Here is a closer look at the portrait Tobin created.
This is the water color painting. I believe it is of a microscopic organism.
Left is a picture done by Carmen if Rudolf flying in the winter sky. She did it in 2nd grade. This was one of first pictures I matted on my own.
Right picture is a digital image of a cat in a bottle by Sarai
A closer look at the cat in a bottle.
This is now the wall the couch back is against. the top two pictures are done by Sarai. the flower she did in 5th grade and the fruit and bottle was done last spring. both are done in oil pastels. The bottom two are done by Rachel. I believe the bottom left was done when she was in 1st or second grade and the shapes are either from 4th or fifth grade. The large picture on the right is also done by Rachel. Another one of the first I matted. I think it was done in 2nd grade.
The next three pictures are now in my entry way closest to the garage (for those who have been in my house).
This is a mosiac done by Carmen from 8th grade.
This is done by Sarai from her print making class. They had to carve into Styrofoam ink it and make multiple prints to create a design.
Abram purchased a poster in Spain. It is a Picasso of a bull fighter. He now greets all that come down our stairs or enter through the main entrance door.
In 2004 we took a family vacation out to the west coast. While we visited the Seattle Children's museum Carmen spent almost two hours in the art room. We learned to use oil pastels in a bucket of warm water. Using water color paper, she was able to draw and erase anything she did not like before it became permanent. the oil pastels did not penetrate the paper until the paper dried. Here is her mermaid that she did the week she turned 6. She still loves this picture. It is now in my bathroom.
There is still more art to frame!
I also began an adventure wall in the living room. I need to find pictures from all the state parks we have visited as well as great family pictures and ones of Abram and I being outdoors. Hopefully, many more blogs to come.