To a child, a bedroom is more than just a place to sleep. It is also a space to indulge their imaginations and inspire creativity. For this reason, art - with all its depths and connotations - is an important yet often underestimated feature. Though often selected according to colour schemes and themes, there is potential beyond coordination in many bespoke and hand-painted works. Hidden depths While most mass produced prints are somewhat superficial, commissioned and one off pieces tend to have more ‘ layers’ that children will delight in the challenge of uncovering. An example is ‘What Sweet Incense’ by Linda Edwards which, only upon close inspection, reveals the printed page of a story book, followed by intriguing layers of coloured then white print.
Life lessons Many artworks carry subliminal messages relating to relationships and behaviour which then subconsciously and subtly help support children’s learning and development. ‘Dog and Little Bird’ by Claire Westwood beautifully depicts the value of kindness, as the featured Dauchund is portrayed as letting his much smaller feathered friend rest on his back.
Inspiration Art has the potential to plant the seed of an idea in such a way as to make it relatable to a young mind. Nothing demonstrates this better than ‘Jumping Waves - 2 girls’ by Emma Thistleton. The painting captures the excitement of bounding into a summer’s day surf, using stick-man style characters that make the scene instantly appealing and relatable to young imaginations.
Dream big One of the real joys of children’s art lies in interpretation. By depicting concepts that can be brought to fruition only in a child’s mind, art has a big role to play in promoting and maintaining the innocence of youth. ‘Moon Coming’ by Claire Westwood shows a little girl releasing a star into the universe, and ‘Just For One Day’ by Sylvia Bull portrays perfectly the Supergirl ambitions of every young girl. Both are examples of the importance of encouraging children to dream and embrace the joy of real-world detachment that only childhood enables.
One of the beauties of art is it’s ability to capture the beauty and colours of nature that children so love, and turn them into a permanent memory that they can re-live over and over again. Artistic impressions of sea shells, bugs and fish, for example, translate into beautiful images that can transport a child back to a moment in time (finding their first shell, for example) or pique their curiosity for what more they might discover at the bottom of the garden, or next time they visit the beach. Beetle poster and Sea Shells by Snoogs and Wilde are perfect examples.