After having lived in our duplex now for five months, I have finally finished organizing our art room. It is a small room attached to our kitchen that is intended to be a breakfast nook but when seeing the space, I envisioned that it would be a perfect location for our art making. The art supplies are sharing space with a few non-art items, and there is no room for any adult work surfaces currently, but it works!
Ours is not the pretty art room either. No, we don't exactly have the budget or the time for an adorable art room like this one at Childhood 101, or this one at the The Artful Parent but I'll keep dreaming and working towards it! By the way, that last one is a good post about making a toddler-friendly art space.
I did, however, meet my priority of making the art supplies readily available for Everett to use. It was a bit trickier for now because some of them had to be stashed away in closed containers so Kellan couldn't get to them. For example, I originally organized our large collection of re-purposed materials into open bins but ended up combining them in one big bin with a lid because Kellan kept digging into the paper products to eat them!
Furthermore, I plan on adding to the decoration gradually, making it fun and funky. Next time I post about it perhaps the walls will be covered with Everett's best art and there will be sculptures hanging from the ceiling!
So, why post pictures of my not-so pretty art room? For two reasons. First, I am actually quite proud that I was finally able to complete it after these five long months. And second, to motivate you to do the same if you haven't yet! If you've been wishing (like me) and waiting for the money, time, or whatever to create a cute matching-furniture type art space and, thus, haven't created one, I want you to stop waiting and do it!
Art spaces can come in all shapes and sizes. They can be organized into door-less closets next to a dining room or a corner in the kitchen. They can be organized into a modge-podge of drawers, bins, and boxes like ours. The important part is that they have art and creative supplies that are easy to access so that your child can create whenever he feels inspired!