From the art room...

Outside the Lines

I have come to the end of my week with the four year olds and am sad to see it go, but I was starting to feel a bit guilty about doing something so fun and calling it work! I love working as a resource teacher and the variety it brings to my days, but sometimes I do miss the sense of play that the children bring to the classroom. Most of all, I miss teaching art.

(Good news – it’s an extra long weekend for us here at the Martini house…I sense an art project in my immediate future.)

Thinking about art…

Making art with little people is one of the most enlightening experiences a teacher can have. In fact, it is completely humbling. Children are naturally artists.


They are not inhibited by lines. They are often enthusiastic, frequently innovative and absolutely always inspiring.




First comes colour. Then shape, depth…



Pattern, repetition, elaboration… So many avenues for art to travel. Most wonderfully, art with children is completely about dedication to creation and re-creation. Something broken shapeshifts into a new possibility – children are masters of the “mistake equals opportunity” form!

This is what separates artists (and children!) from ordinary people…

“This is what separates a artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won’t wash them away.” (Anne Lamott)

Go on – build your castle as grand as you can imagine, colour outside the lines. Every masterpiece begins with a single mark…


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