Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Labeling Children's Work

One of the first things we teach our parent volunteers is that they should only write on the back of a child's work. The adult hand does not have a place on the surface the child will be working on. This includes drawings, paintings, and collage. Names, descriptions, dates, and titles are not recorded on the back of the work using a pencil or a marker (readability is important -- seeing it from the other side, not so much!

For formal display, we use a variety of approaches. From printable labels to card stock trimmed to size. More space may be needed if there is a story attached. Giving the work a title or attaching a story to it is part of our look twice approach. The work is then mounted on construction paper or other kinds of paper. The care taken to display work speaks volumes to the child artist. They know, that we know, an important conversation has begun between viewer and artist. We place value on their work and their voice is the one we are listening to.

Easel paintings are labeled on the back with the child's name while they are works-in-progress
Labels include a brief description of how the work was made as well as the date. The child's name has been lifted from this photograph. The title of the work is, "Summer"
We place the children's symbols in the lower right corner. 
Card stock is used for longer descriptions. In  this case, the children described their oil pastel maps of Wild Island.

Labeling on a drawing is usually done in pencil in order to make sure that the adult's writing does not show through the paper

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