I teach art class twice a week for an hour. I have six kids in each class. We work in my living room. The classes are small and completely perfect. At the end of each six-week session, I put each child’s work into a paper bag portfolio. I like to think that I invented these, but I’m wise enough to know there is no such thing as a new idea. It’s just that I have a million brown paper bags and always need a quick way for the kids to carry their work home. Necessity is the mother of invention, right?
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The supply list is short:
~ brown paper grocery bag
~ alphabet rubber stamps if you have them
How to make them:
~ cut down the side, in the middle
~ cut off the bottom
~ tape the two pieces together, both on the inside and outside
Now just fill with artwork! My friend Meri Cherry used my idea (we art teachers share ideas) and made her own version, taping the sides as well so it’s more of a pocket. Very smart!
Sometimes we paint and decorate them. But usually I’m making them in a rush on the last day 🙂
One art-class mom loves these so much she now makes a portfolio every few months and stacks them on a shelf filled with art, labeling the outside with the date and age. How’s that for organized!
Bottom line…these are great. Make one (or twenty)!
So happy I found you on insta and your blog. Just got back from a month in Italy (girlinroam.com) and it is time to jump into my yearly Art Camp next Monday. These portfolios are 1st on the agenda as well as Branch Weaving and Bubble Wrap collaborative painting. Yes I’ve seen these things before, but your clean, bright approach gives me energy and I thank you for that! Grazie Mille!! Check us out next week at studio602 on insta. Maybe I can share an idea or simply successful energy with you.
wow, thank you so much!! your comment has made my day! please let me know how it goes with all of the projects. what a fun summer you have planned!! grazie mille to YOU!! xo bar
Muy buenas ideas