It's true ... children are artists already!
I recently overheard a conversation where a well-meaning adult said to a child who was drawing, 'When you grow up, you could be an artist'.
Everything within me wanted to yell from the rooftops, he already IS an artist!
Most times, children are not afraid to pick up a pen, pencil, paintbrush or some other mark-making-instrument and create - explore - experiment. Isn't that what an artist does? Absolutely.
Sure, a child may not have an in-depth knowledge base about shadows, art history, technical skills & vocabulary, etc., but they are artists all the same!
While we're on the subject, some of the work my children have produced could absolutely be displayed in an art gallery alongside the "grown-up" abstract artists! Okay, I'm biased, but be honest. I'm sure you've considered the works of art your children have produced at times have been breathtakingly beautiful.
I absolutely believe that creativity is an important skill, one that needs to be valued and supported in our curriculums - whether at home or school.
Back to the topic ... children are artists. We need to foster the creativity they have when they are young so that it flourishes rather than shrivels and dies as children become more aware of other people's opinions and expectations.
I love what Pablo Picasso said ... "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up!"
So how can you foster children's creativity? Now that's the question ... for another post! :o
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