If you want your child to grow up appreciating visual art, there’s no better place to begin than the home. By surrounding your little one with masterpieces of all varieties, you will surely plant the seeds of finer creativity.
But what’s more is this process of finer artful home décor should be tailored to, and even involve, the kiddos. By actively involving them, directly or indirectly, the results will be more family-friendly, fruitful, and fun in the end.
Because the truth is fine art has no one-size-fits-all definition. It can include any art created for direct aesthetic appeal and given the treatment of being fine art.
It’s time to expand your horizons, as well as your child’s when it comes to fine art. Here are five family-friendly fine art ideas for your home.
1. Showcase your homegrown artist.
Most of us have experienced the old “hang-the-art-on-the-fridge” method in one way or another. And while this is a beautiful tried-and-true way to appreciate your child and their art, why not take it further?
Give your child’s art some special love by hanging it in their room and in various places around the house. If you are dealing with the abstract works of your toddler, your house will soon be a modern art gallery!
Hanging their art everywhere will encourage your child’s personal art development, and your house will directly benefit from their growth. Their overall childhood development will also benefit, as this will teach them to appreciate their creative works in healthy ways.
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your child beaming with confidence, and knowing you helped by doing something simple. So take the first step of fine art décor by hanging your child’s masterpieces.
2. Peruse their favorite picture books.
Matting and framing your and your child’s favorite Illustrations from their picture books is a great way to bond. Some amazing artists make scintillating illustrations for children’s books, and your house will shine with these additions.
So go through your child’s collection and figure out which illustrations you both love, encouraging their youthful eye for beauty. Consider giving one book its wall, or mix-and-match – there’s no right or wrong way to appreciate these storybook illustrations.
And you can now be on the lookout for new books, the search yet another opportunity for some fun bonding! The good news is, whether you pick up a new or used book, it’s still cheaper than most “real” art.
This step can reinforce to your child that beautiful art is all around them, including in the books they read. It will also encourage them to read more as well, which is a priceless victory for every parent.
3. Find a poster, painting, or print
Finding a poster, painting, or print may not be the most original idea for acquiring home art, but it can be inexpensive and fun. And no rule says fine art must cost an arm and a leg anyway – so who cares!
But to spice things up with some originality, you can conduct a thoughtful online art gallery search with your kid at your side. Together, brainstorm some colors, patterns, subjects, or vibes you both want to bring to your home to narrow your search.
Moreover, there are several great family-friendly sites you can browse together to find some of these unique masterpieces. You can even find some postcards if you want to get original – this is a great reason to travel.
Soon, you all will be barreling through the door with a great work of art to personalize your walls. And remember a simple mat and frame can make even the most inexpensive work look like a million bucks.
4. Try some ephemeral art.
While most people consider “real” art to be static works, ephemeral art is the gift that keeps on giving. In other words, adorn your home with art that changes day to day, at the discretion of your child.
This idea can help your growing child express their daily attitudes and thoughts, which is a great tool for self-expression. And while it encourages them to express themselves, it also allows you a deeper insight into the life of your child.
Moreover, because bonding over art makes home décor even more powerful, you should join in on this fine, fleeting art. Pick up chalk or marker beside your Picasso or Frida Kahlo in the making and make a daily masterpiece.
What’s great is this technique is inexpensive and, perhaps more importantly, won’t damage your home – all while being subtly transforming. So hang up a chalkboard or whiteboard in one spot or around the house and let the creativity begin!
5. Procure original pieces.
Last, but not least, is the joy of finding beautiful, original artwork with the help of your child. This art is everywhere, from local galleries in neighboring cities to the edge of the country and around the globe.
Procuring original artwork can show them how a professional works and reinforce art as having a basis in professional reality. In other words, should your child become an aspiring artist, they’ll have the background knowledge to make it career worthy.
Working with your children can also be a great opportunity for your art career. Whether or not you’re simply playing as an aspiring artist, displaying your joint works can benefit both you and your children.
There are multiple pathways for obtaining original artwork for your home, from gallery showings to family-friendly outside musical venues. If you take the time to include your child in the process, your new original art will be doubly impactful.
Remember the big picture!
Ultimately, this is a great time to bond with your child over art, which is infinitely mutually beneficial. You will be surprised how lost you and your family can get in the process, so meanwhile, have some fun.
By hanging up various family-friendly fine artworks around your home, you all will embark on a whole new adventure. Get ready to have some amazing times in and outside of your home, and don’t forget about the big picture.
About The Author: Gabe Nelson is a content specialist of over 7 years of experience, currently working with macfineart.com. Just out of high school he set off crab fishing on the Bering sea in Alaska. From there he went back home to finish his college degree at the University of Montana. He has a passion and keen understanding when it comes to fine art. He has written hundreds of content pieces in numerous niches. Currently, he lives in Missouri with his wife and kids.
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