These are works from Hans Jean, Jean Dubuffet and Meret Oppenheim that I borrowed from MoMA.
They have inspired me. If people are willing to pay a lot of money for art that looks like this, why am I not capitalizing on what I have at home? I have budding Picassos whose art I can hang on the wall for a fraction of the price.
The big question is how to get children’s art onto the wall without it looking like the front of the fridge. I have found a solution which translates kid’s art stuffed in kitchen junk drawers to amazing wall hangings. No need to shop for posters and art for your home when you have birthed a factory for such things.
This is what creates the magic:
A floating frame. They can be purchased almost anywhere that sells frames. The prices range from under $10 for two pieces of plastic clenched by metal strips to $30+ for glass surrounded by wood. They are extremely easy to use. They look modern/contemporary (which I LOVE, but my house is not) in the store, but on my wall with my wall color matting my kid’s art it is almost style-neutral.
Part of the brilliance of this is that kid’s art is usually irregular in size and shape. They don’t seem to crank out 8x10s, 11x13s or 14x16s. Their medium usually starts with a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper and then gets bigger with tape and glue or smaller with scissors. But with the floating frame you can frame the strange sizes and irregular borders with ease.
The other thing that I am not afraid to do (anymore) is alter the size and shape of the origianal art (gasp!). If you are altering it to frame it and display it proudly vs. not altering it to save it for eternity “just as it is” the loss of artistic integrity will be forgiven.
I also group like artwork together just like I would if I was arranging “fine” art on the dining room wall. Above is a grouping of Reid’s “Blue Period” he painted when he was three. I think if I had just displayed one it wouldn’t have the impact that the three together have. I also have space under this grouping to add 3-6 more paintings since his blue period seems to be in perpetual continuation.
Another thing I watch out for are things to frame that aren’t traditional children’s art. This is a paper that Ryan (then 5) wrote numbers and pretend multiplication tables. Not all his math is perfect, but I think framed it is pretty artistic.
I love placing the art in non-traditional places. I don’t keep the children’s art to just kid’s rooms and playrooms. This grouping is hung in the kitchen. It is the first thing you see when you come in from the garage. The zebra above sits on a shelf in the masterbedroom.