I’ve been rearranging our dining room, which has given me a small space to create a dedicated art area. Come and have a look around with me!
Frequently used items such as pens, scissors, glue, string and tape are kept on top of the drawers where they are easily accessible. The top drawer contains many different sheet materials including plain paper, coloured paper, patterned paper, tissue paper, tracing paper, watercolour paper, card, craft foam and felt. Painting supplies are in the second drawer, whilst the third drawer is for any other medium such as chalk pastels, oil pastels, permanent markers, watercolour pencils and ink stamps. The bottom drawer contains air-drying clay, modelling clay and homemade playdough, along with some tools.
I love this cheerful rainbow of paint! We get through a lot of white paint as the children use it to mix their own colours.
This basket contains a variety of items for making and tinkering, such as cardboard boxes and tubes, bottle tops, clothes pegs, drinking straws, lollipop sticks, pipe cleaners, wire, magnets, suction cups and any interesting junk I find, as well as an assortment of small loose parts.
Ice cube trays encourage the children to use small quantities of paint and are less prone to spillage than palettes. I do need to get a mat for underneath the easel to protect the carpet from spills though.
Aaron and Tabitha like to display their finished artwork on a length of string above the easel. We rent and this wall is hollow so I had to use command hooks, but it works well enough. We all enjoy looking at the art while we are eating our meals or working at the table.
Do you have any tips for organising and storing art supplies? What do your children use the most? I’d love to hear.