Creating a preschool art gallery

There is just something special about taking a child’s artwork and adding a simple frame. It makes simple art look like fine art.

I know these look like real frames but they are sheets of  paper stationary with a “framed look” around the edges. The teachers cut out the center of the paper and placed it over some of the children’s artwork.

Through out this summer, the children at Learning Time Preschool school have been enjoying all kinds of art experiences such as bubble painting, water bottle printing, and designing with craft sticks. I was able to catch many of the activities in action along the way but haven’t posted them all yet. I will continue to share these activities over the next few months because they are all so wonderful!

As the children created throughout the summer, the teachers saved a collection of artwork from each child to display in the end of summer Art Gallery.

Some of the artwork including the large group color wheels, made by each class, were displayed in the school library..

Artwork was then framed or mounted on construction paper, then displayed throughout the walls in each of the school hallways…..

After all  of the art was prepared and displayed throughout the school, the children were then given a tour of the art gallery.

The children were encouraged to view the art with their eyes and not with their hands.

Of course, some of that art was just too tempting not to reach out and touch!

The children were given time to look at their friend’s artwork and time to find their own artwork.

Both individual art and group art was displayed for the parents and children to view…

In the afternoon, parents arrived to view the art gallery. Some parents preferred to take a minute a look through the gallery on their own without a child tour…

And almost all parents went on a tour of the art gallery with their child…

Refreshments of cheese, grapes, and punch was offered to our art gallery guests as well…

Where possible we tried to make sure at least 3 to 4 pieces of art were on display for each child and that each child’s name was clearly printed by their work. Space is certainly an issue so trying to do this attractively was no small piece of effort…

Where possible, each piece of artwork was labeled with the child’s name, the art process (bubble painting), and the title of the artwork.

In the end, we used windows, walls, tables, and easels to display the children’s art work. I don’t think my photos really give justice to how beautiful this all turned out to be but I hope you do get the idea!

Thank you for taking the tour of our summer art gallery with me today!

By |2010-08-17T06:00:28+00:00August 17th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Shar August 17, 2010 at 8:47 am - Reply

    A lot of work has gone into this but it is worth it – it looks fabulous. The children (and parents) must have been very proud 🙂

  2. Ms.Jessi August 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    How exciting! It looks like a “real” gallery!! 🙂 It’s so hard to keep the kids art work at school, they always want to bring it home. 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart August 17, 2010 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      We did so much that there was plenty to send home too! The children were excited about selecting art to keep for the gallery as well.

  3. Teacher Tom August 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    What a coincidence! I spent yesterday evening framing and mounting kids art for a show at a local coffee shop. We’re going to try to sell them off the walls as a fundraiser, but I agree, once their in frames they suddenly look like something a professional could do!

  4. katherinemarie August 17, 2010 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    ohhhh that’s my kind of art show! WHAT FUN!!!!!!!! I love your paper “frames!” AT the end of the school year I take my kiddos art work and put on FINE ART FOR SALE event. Since we can’t save everything my hubs and I get to “buy” (with play money) our favorites to save.

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