Kids Art Space Updated

I have been planning to show you the updated artwork display in the frames above Immy’s art space for a little while now.

kids art space

Clockwise from top left:

1. Leaf printing  2. Paper and button collage person inspired by Tiny & Little 3. Immy’s button sewing that I love so much that I just can’t bear to take it down  4. Printed man created via the printmaking section of my book, Time to Create  5. Observational drawing of a Tasmanian Devil with oil pastels  6. Vegetable printing  7. Spontaneous drawing of a caravan created with metallic crayons on black paper.

kids art space

If you look closely, you can also see a recycled box dragon over on the left hand side, next to the fake roses in a glass jar vase which was Immy’s contribution to our photo shoot! And just for interests sake, the hanging tubs are currently housing chunky coloured pencils, a set of Crayola Twistables Slick Stix and some paint dot markers. Paper, tape, glue sticks and the like are stored in the drawers and we keep a tub of interesting boxes, cardboard tubes and other recyclable bits and pieces in the pink tub.

For more information about the painted frames and fittings in our art space, check out the original post here.

storing art materials

I have also started presenting collage materials in glass jars and small jugs from the op shop. I love how bright and cheery they look.


“But I am not artistic!”  “Art is just so messy!”  “It takes longer to set up than my child spends making!”

If any of these sound familiar when it comes to children’s art at your house, my new book, Time to Create: Hands-On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children, might just be the answer you are looking for.

Time to Create by Christie Burnett

How do you display your children’s artwork?


  1. Christie, great article. I love this space. As I went through art school, my oldest son learned along with me.. we did lino cuts, painting, drawing, and spent lots of time in the clay studio. Making art with your children is so fun and rewarding. I have so many special pieces around the house that he made when he was little. I also work in early childhood education and I regularly incorporate skills from my art background in to my work with kids. Without exception, they all love it. Unfortunately, at age 11, my son is losing interest as well as confidence in his art-making abilities. I’m trying to come up with a way to rekindle the fearless creativity he used to have. Any ideas?

    1. Hi Amanda, it’s quite normal for kids that age to lose interest in Art. They at a developmental stage where they want everything to look real and most don’t have the skills to achieve it just yet. So they get frustrated and don’t want to do it anymore. They also look for acceptance from their peers. I use abstract art to show them it’s not all about the perfect picture. How to draw books seem to be a hit with this age group because it gives them a formula to follow. You tube videos on how comics are drawn are also well received because they can see how ‘simple’ the characters are. Anything that takes away the ‘mystery’ of drawing is well received by my students.

    2. My 3-years old son love to draw and paint and i’m going to create art space in his room. i love your recyclable accessories 🙂

  2. it is truly a wonderful well thought out art space. i find at the moment some difficulty in art time juggling the needs of my almost 2 year old and my 4 year old and what they are both capable of doing when we get out the messy stuff. i would like to give more attention to my 4 y.o in assisting with some more advanced activities but need to balance this with the almost 2 y.o who, the moment i turn my attention elsewhere gets up to all sorts of chaos with glue and paint etc involved! I love to display all their art everywhere i can. We have a long line of string nailed up in the playroom that cuts across the room diagonally which we peg all sorts of things up on, plus dedicated wall space in the playroom to stick up art, as well as a large chunk of wall in the hallway. More art can be found in our kitchen as well! i think it’s vital that children see what they make displayed and admired to give their work a sense of value.

  3. I love all these ideas! Bookmarking for future reference!

  4. i drool over your art table setup (and most of the things you do with your daughter) !! my daughters table is currently clear because my son is now up and about and into eating pencils ! but i finally downloaded your book, the $4 off was the deal breaker (that, and a rainy friday !! 🙂 we’ve starting using random old picture/certificate frames to get some of our artwork out of harms way ! thanks so much for your inspiring ideas !!

  5. I am interested in the metal bar with the cups hanging from it. What is it and/or where did you buy it? I love it. It solves the exact space issue I am having. We have the wire and clips you do, but it is not at the kids level, cool idea. Does she put her art work up herself? I may have fallen in love with that concept! The complete space is an awesome area and inspiring. I am always looking for inspiration as my daughter is more artsy than I am. I think she would love making her own flowers too. Thanks again for all your wonderful posts.

  6. I LOVE this art space – wonderful! I would so love to do something like this for my 3 1/2 year old son, the issue is my 15-month-old daughter. She’s very mobile, very curious and would be very able to reach everything on such a table (and instantly put it into her mouth). I would love to hear from other moms who are dealing with this same type of situation – how do you encourage the older one – and give them the easy access to materials they can handle – without the younger one getting into everything? Any advice on this would be much appreciated!

      1. This is perfect! Thanks so much for passing along the link – I’m sure I won’t be the only one finding it useful!

  7. I just love the wall display – I wish I could get my hubby to let me do that:)

    1. That is why I chose a pale colour, Deborah. I convinced my hubby that it would be easy to paint over when the time comes 😉

  8. I love Immy’s creative space Christie, you’ve done a wonderful job of pulling things together to create an inviting, organised and well stocked area. I love the yellow frames and I’ve looked at those drawers myself as a possibility for storing art supplies, you glad to see they’re working for you. I’m in the middle of finishing off Grace’s room now and a string under her windowsill where she can peg her art is something I have planned too. Thanks for this great post!

  9. love your art space- i just posted about our homeschool day – art is a big part of what we do on a regular basis- it really help them to remember what we are learning about – I try to incorporate it into most everything we do!
    new follower- love your blog so much I’ve put it on my google homepage 🙂

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  11. Samantha F says:

    I simply love this space. Can you talk a bit about the interesting, cool yellow frames around the artwork? Is it just some fancy tape or some neat designs that you’ve painted on the walls? I’d love to learn more about those as I create a space for my 4-year-old. Thanks!

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