|Who's to know that you didn't spend hundreds of dollars on this|
"limited edition lithograph?"
Only my five-year old grandson knows for sure.
When they fool around with crayons and paper they don’t know they are creating something unique. They’re just having fun.
That in itself makes their art valuable.
|I wrapped an old frame in grasscloth wallpaper to make this |
simple line drawing -- signed by the artist! -- look legitimate.
For children, creating art is a process, not a goal. That’s why paintings get muddy and drawings turn into tangles of scribbles. Your job is to be ready to say, “Stop,” and claim the drawing or canvas.
Sometimes it takes the artist doing a few pieces of work before you find one to love and frame. You might have to make a suggestion. "Draw a picture of yourself." Or, "Paint some flowers." Their best art will happen when a child forgets about you and loses himself in painting or drawing.
|One of the handy elements of kid art is that you can often hang it upside down |
or sideways, however it works best for you. My daughter did this painting
35 years ago and it still hangs in my home.
Don't junk up a whole wall with a variety of kid art. That destroys the illusion that this is a carefully curated piece. Hang the art in a prominent place, not squirreled away in a bathroom or -- worse yet -- the child’s own room. It’s too important for that!