“Funny art”, Grace, age 8.
“Anything with my name on it.” Katie, age 5
“Maps of the United States!” Max, age 9
“MY art.” Michael, age 11
“I was thinking it would be interesting to have a picture of a video game character (Mario, Samus from Metroid Prime, and maybe Link from the Legend of Zelda games) done in an Andy Warhol type fashion.” –Cosmo, age 11
“Pictures of my favorite musicians!” –Skylar, age 9
“I like movie posters like The Incredibles, Star Wars, Hulk and King Kong. Also TinTin?. And Yankee photos and memorabilia.” -Jacob, age 8 ½
“Pictures of my cat!” “Big!” “Over my bed!” - Jessica, age 5
“Photos of sItaly and other places I’ve traveled to with my family” Sally, age 13
“Pictures of my favorite actors and models.” Kira, age 9.5
“Anything that’s purple, my favorite color!” Hannah, age 4
“Fish, would be neat. I have a big fish tank so if I had lots of fish photos my room would look like an aquarium.” - Justin, age 10
“I would like to have pictures of candy on my walls.” – Rose, age 9
So how do you turn these ideas into great art for your home that you as the parent can live with, too? The idea is to have some fun! Create a theme!
If you want inexpensive posters of rock stars or movie heroes, those are easy to find. Just frame the art in an unexpected way or group them in an interesting arrangement. Lots of small images in clear inexpensive frames in a grid arrangement are eye-catching and clean looking.
Shop at local flea markets for old illustrated children’s books and frame the pages from them. Some of them are amazing. Alphabet art is always wonderful, too. Or the child’s name created by an artist using alphabet letters.
If you want something your kids can grow with, and that has continuing value, start collecting - cartoon cells of their favorite animated characters, limited edition vintage posters or fine art photographs are always great choices- just make sure the subject matter is something of interest to your kids.
You can create a small art budget for your child and then once a year or so you can help them find something they like from an artist or company (shopping online makes this quite easy!) and get them started learning about the world of art collecting, too.