Is doing an art project your worst dream? Has the supply been dumped all over the house making it difficult to collect even the right items? Do you dream of a self-made solution?
Having some creative art available at any time can keep that toddler busy, allow a budding artist to flourish, or enable a modern artist to complete his or her art. Keep reading to learn about the Art Station system that works for our family (and include your own suggestions in the comments below!).
How to manage a family art station
I’ve tried a million and one systems over the years, but that’s what negates my children’s ability to provide art throughout the house in a one-minute flat! We keep this art station close to the kitchen table for creative projects, or when we are doing an artwork at our home school.
The family organization is always at work, but this system also works for our vast age. Give it a try and let me know what you think! What worked What will you change?
Step 1: Get 10 long rolling baskets
This is the biggest expense for this project, but it is also the most important. You need 10 good quality drawers rolling cart. Don’t cheat on it! This cart will be rotated and used frequently so we need something to keep.
I still use the souvenirs we bought at Michael’s craft stores years ago (of course with an on coupon) and still have a great deal of possession. You can order a similar version on Amazon.
Step 2: Select the containers
There is a complete cart cart filing system for art supplies, but we need some other tools to collect it all. Since I wanted this art cart to be a colorful and inviting place, I used clear distribution containers to add another layer of organization to the cart. To add your own color feature and make the most of the small space we are using. , Two of these distribution containers will be required.
In these containers I can fit more than 100 markers / colored pencils / crayons or gel pens. Thanks to the distributors, you can also sort them by rainbow, which makes it even more visible. They also have handles – perfect for small hands.
The other containers I recommend are these little ones. I know they’re cute, but they also serve a great purpose. You’ll want a set to split your multimedia draw so that each item can go to the exact location of the drawer.
If it has a designated home, the chances of the children putting it back where it goes are greatly increased!
Hint: Make sure you have your basket before ordering for proper fit testing.
Step 3: Collect art supplies
Time to collect art supplies! Chances are you already have tons around the house! We caught the kids and hunted them down to provide every art in the house. We want all markers, crayons, colored pencils, water paints, pom poms, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, erasers, rulers. everything
We used the dining room table as a sorting station and separated them into heaps and sub-heaps according to this list:
- Divide the pot writing into mar markers, crayons, colored pencils, gel pens, pen / pencil and others
- Tools – Divided into tools that include cuts, adhesives, stencils and more
- Distributed by paper type
- Coloring books, drawing books, self-made kits and other books
- All things sticky – divided into stickers, decorative tape, jewelry, googly eyes, foam shapes, and other
- Paint supplies – acrylic, watercolor, brush distribution
- Everything else – item distribution
Important step: View and discard any unusable items. Small pieces without markers, crayons or colored pencils without lids, torn stickers, colorful books with no usable pages left, etc.
Now we create our own creative center of happiness!
Step 4: Build your system
Our goal is for each item to have its own home, which is easy for children to use, enjoy and then leave. Can I have a solution?
Make writing utensils
Start by placing all your writing utensils in two split containers. Depending on the number of subcategories you have, you have different ways to access them.
- If you have a large number of markers, place them all in a distribution container with color sorting.
- If you only have a handful of numbers in each subcategory, you can do one subcategory per section.
- Or you can sort by color.
Hint: Start sorting colors for young children so they don’t have to wonder which part enters the section. The subcategories make sense to us, but young children don’t always understand the difference between a pen and a pen.
Now place this beautiful colored basket on top of the rolling cart.
Fill the drawers
Next, we’ll start putting the rest of our stuff in drawers.
Hint: If you have more supplies that will fit in these drawers, I suggest cleaning or backstacking. A backstack bin is simply a plastic or fabric storage crate / bin used to store any additional art supplies in a more remote location. Once every few months you can check out your art station and refill with this stock bin. Having backstocked storage allows you to take advantage of any big deal throughout the year without having to know your immediate needs. It also helps children use old ones before they look new.
Label drawers as follows:
- Mixed media
- Ask first
Drawer 1: Tools– Includes all items such as scissors, holes / paper punctures, stencils, large erasers, rulers and glue sticks
Drawer 2: Paper– This is where you can use art paper for children’s use. Will store You can have a variety of things, or I suggest sticking to bulk multimedia paper that works across the board, or card stock works great for budding artists, cheap and looking It’s easy.
Drawer 3: IdeasIt’s a spark of long imagination. The lottery should have a variety of guided activities in which children can create and discover. Think of tasks like deleting this image, hints at the type of journal, step-by-step drawing tutorials, color by number, just add pages with water painting, etc. Get 3-5 options for each type of activity and save the rest in stock. There are so many options and we want to make it fresh and new by updating / rotating items in this drawer every 6-8 weeks.
Drawer 4: Tape / stickers / self-adhesive supply– This is a self-made explanation, it will have washi tapes, stickers, sticky back foam shapes, goggle eyes and anything already sticky that can be added to their art. Use these baby baskets in this drawer to make sure it’s not a mess.
Drawer 5: Mixed media delivery– Arrange all these handicrafts and handicrafts and keep them in your home. Think of pony beads, popsicle sticks, pom pops, pipe cleaners, feathers, wire or pieces of yarn, anything. Make your own baby or place each of them in the drawer. Note: Some families may need 2 media drawers. Even for advanced artists, this drawer will look very different. This may include Indian ink, stamp pads, pastels, graphite, wood products, etc.
Drawer 6: Paint and brush– This is a very self-explanatory! If you buy your paint in bulk or have a large variety of different brands, it can help to move them all in one container, something similar. Use these baby boxes for your paint brush here too. Hint: If you have young children, label it “Ask First Draw” below.
Drawer 7: Masterpiece storage– This is the place to go after creating and developing masterpieces. Each time you plan a time to sit down with your artist and go through that drawer. Email the masterpieces to friends and family, or use one of these ideas to protect and showcase your family to enjoy!
Drawer 8: Ask first– This is for long stuff stuff that is a little towards the messier. I like to use drawers for these things because children tend not to see anything out of their sight. This is the only drawer in the whole cart that you need to ask an adult before using. Depending on the age of your child, this drawer can hold water paints, glitter, glitter glue, raw grinding equipment or any other type of items that they should only use under supervision.
As you may have noticed, this will leave you with two drawers for backstock / overflow or other areas that meet the needs of your family. Here are some more options:
- You want 2 paper drawers, one plain and one printed and color paper.
- If you have 2-3 children using the same station frequently, keep a masterpiece drawer for each of them.
Of course, flexibility is essential in any system. As children grow, their needs may change, so adjust the system as needed!
You have this artist ready for your artists.
Have lots of creative projects with your family.
Do you have an art station in your home? What do you do to manage the supply of art?