Oct 14, 2009

The Great Pumpkin



I think it's pretty much going to be impossible to save and store every single piece of artwork created by my kids. Jameson can crank this stuff out by the dozens per day. I'd like to hang on to these things for posterity (especially in case one of my children becomes a world famous artist) but keeping everything isn't realistic. Even keeping a small sampling of it won't be easy.

I think I have at least a partial solution -- one that wasn't available a generation ago. I'm going to create deviantART accounts for each of my kids and start scanning in their creations. Obviously, it's not the same as keeping the actual handiwork. But while it will lack in tactile nostalgia, I think it could end up being a very cool collection if I can keep up with it over the years.

I wonder if Warhol's dad kept Andy's first construction paper pumpkin?

11 comments:

Chatter said...

Great idea! And what a great 1st pumpkin. You put me to shame in the "art class" with our kids category. Way to go dad.

the projectivist said...

i let the children choose the pieces that they really, REALLY love and we pop them into display folders.

A4 folders full of clear plastic sleeves. this way they're kept looking nice, and you can 'read' back through them and admire your work easily. my kids love it.

although it's not the same as actually being able to touch the original artwork, i thought that making a book out of them might be nice too. using on of those online places where you send the images and they whack it all together in a real life publication. imagine how great that will look!

the projectivist said...

ps. my kids absolutely CHURN out the artwork, they're always sketching (see my latest additions to flickr as proof) so there's an awful lot of artwork, but you can fit a surprising amount in the display folders, then sit them in a magazine holder. neat.

my name is Amanda said...

That's a cool idea!

It sort of makes me want to have a baby, so I can display their eventual artwork in one of those accounts.

WILLIAM said...

Buy one of those giant plastic containers and date each piece of art and save it. Your kid will have so much fun going through it as an adult.

James said...

Chan - You're missing out on a huge opportunity. Art = occupied kids.

Pro - Where do you get these folders with clear sleeves? Standard office supply stuff? And where is your flickr account?

Amanda - If ever there was a good reason to create a new life...

William - That's what led to this. I was shocked at how quickly the plastic bin was filling up. I can't wait to go through it years from now.

Trike said...

Yeah, do what Pro said and get a bunch of those sleeves. I've used them for the dogs' records, and you can pick them up pretty much anywhere. They're just clear plastic sheets that go into 3-ring binders. Sam's Club etc. has them cheap.

http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=398721

I mean, heck, if Karen and Ron can store the output of their army, you can, too!

James said...

Thanks for the link. I think Karen and Ron just started to recycle after kid 5 or 6.

"Oh yeah, Sam, you drew this My Little Pony when you were five. You were big into ponies that year."

Kirst said...

Love the new pic!

Jay Ferris said...

We try to scan in as much of their artworks as possible, or at least hang it up for a few months so it finds its way into a family picture or two. I think you should set up a CafePress for your kid's stuff, however, and make your relatives pay for it.

Anonymous said...

i see real potential in jamesons art :)

pity