How to Make an Art Gallery for Kids

For children, everyday objects and ideas can prove to be fascinating food for the imagination. Art invokes a sense of wonder in both children and adults. Although many art galleries cater to adult audiences, some galleries specifically cater their design and content to younger audiences. As with any business proposition, creating an art gallery for children requires a sound business plan and an effective publicity campaign.

Things You'll Need

  • Event space
  • Paintings
  • Budget
  • Publicity materials

Instructions

    • 1

      Analyze the cultural demographics of the children in close proximity to the art gallery to determine if your collection could benefit from highlighting art from a particular area of the world or subject material. Many arts organizations, both those designed for children and those for adults, have attracted audiences by incorporating elements of their history, upbringing or world culture into their production. Children may be especially interested in art that relates to their own personal lives. It may also provide an excellent gateway to appreciation of other styles and forms of art.

    • 2

      Create a budget for your gallery, including all available finances and proposed costs. Items to consider are space-leasing expenditures, supplies such as frames, wall mounts, etc. and promotional material. In order to build the foundations for a successful enterprise, it is absolutely essential to ensure that your finances are in order.

    • 3

      Purchase art by local artists whose work you feel would enhance the overall quality of the gallery. Additionally, encourage the children in your area to submit their own original works to the gallery. This participatory element will further encourage kids to attend events and exhibits at your gallery, knowing that their peers are represented inside.

    • 4

      Add decor to your gallery that creates a kid-friendly, warm, exciting atmosphere. This ambiance will be crucial to creating a successful art gallery for children.

    • 5

      Create a website and promotional material that you will use to publicize events and exhibits at your gallery. Because you are catering to children, these events will most likely need to be early in the evening on weekdays or mid-day on weekends. The quality of your advertising campaign will largely dictate the success of your gallery. Keeping the public informed about your gallery will sustain interest in your endeavors.

Tips & Warnings

  • Small, informal art competitions may help generate enthusiasm and excitement within your community for your gallery. Creating a positive, encouraging competition for children may help them reach levels of success they had yet to obtain. In addition, the recognition the children will receive may help build self-esteem and courage for future projects.
  • If you plan on displaying artwork by children in your gallery, be sure to inform their parents as to the possible positive and negative criticism their work may generate. It is not uncommon for art to provoke strong reactions in people, especially due to the subjective nature of art in general.
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