My son’s room has turned into an art gallery of sorts. Every time we finish a unit on an artist or illustrator, we select a representative work (in poster form) and find a place for it on the wall (see sidebar). This room surprises everyone who visits.
It is pretty easy to figure out how to select a poster, purchase it, and install it, but on the off chance somebody is freaked out about the procedure, here is what we do:
- I look for posters at museum websites that are dedicated to the particular artist – the selection is wider and prices are significantly lower than art & poster websites. I have also been satisfied with Amazon’s poster selection.
- I select six potential posters. I do a cut and paste from the museum website, presenting all six paintings on one page, and let my son pick the piece he likes best. I place the order.
- When poster arrives, we let it unfurl for a week or so, then I adhere it to the wall with removable poster tape squares.
- If we decide that we really like a particular poster, a local framer mounts it on foam core board, attaches wood stretcher bars in the back, and affixes a hanging wire. Very inexpensive compared to traditional framing and the look is cool.
An abrupt switch of topics – last night’s music theme was “trains”:
- Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “The Little Train”. Controlled, soothing, endearing.
- Patrick Doyle’s “The Steam Engine”, from Emma Thompson’s movie, “Sense and Sensibility”. A very short piece that brims with sweet optimism.
- Duke Ellington’s, “Take the A Train”. Awesome every single listening.
Welcome to the best part of my day!
– Jane BH