Host a gallery opening with your kid as the resident artist!
- Artist:Your child.
- Art enthusiasts:Your friends and relatives.
- Masterpieces:Your child's latest and greatest artistic creations.
- Double-sided tape
- Small Post-its, pen
- Art gallery:Kitchen, family room, playroom, any room with a plethora of wall space and an open area to hobnob like an art snob.
- Black clothes:Your most pretentious ensembles. Bust out the berets!
- Your favorite "cool jazz" album:Every art opening needs a little ambiance!
- Plastic champagne glasses
- Sparkling apple cider
- Hors d'oeuvres:Nothing fancy. Chips and salsa will do.
- Have your children gather up all of their favorite pieces of art. Low on masterpieces? Have them whip up some new creations. This is a great activity for multiple kids so have siblings or friends join in and turn it into a group show. Many great gallery openings feature work by several artists!
- As curator, you should pick through the pile and assemble a cohesive collection. Is your son going through a blue period, perhaps?
- Help your child tape up her creations around the "gallery" with the double-sided tape.
- Ask your child to come up with a name for each creation. Write the names on the Post-its and place them beside the corresponding works of art.
- Invite art enthusiasts over to view the brilliant collection.
- Prepare for the opening by popping open the sparkling apple cider and laying out the hors d'oeuvres. (We won't tell if you sneak some real champagne for yourself, Mom.)
- Everyone slip into their best artsy black outfit!
- Put on the cool music, pour the faux champagne and open le gallery.
- Have the artist(s) greet the guests personally. Now they can all say they knew him when. ...
- If you and your kids are willing to part with the creations, have your guests "bid" on the paintings. Dad can act as auctioneer: "One dollar, one dollar! Do I hear two dollars?" Your children can donate the proceeds to a favorite charity. (The Henry-Wants-a-New-PlayStation charity doesn't count.)