I post a lot of children’s art here – mostly because art is a big part of my life as a teacher, as a parent and as a thinking, feeling, creative person. I can’t imagine a day without finding, appreciating, or creating something beautiful, and I am grateful everyday for the opportunities I have to follow my artistic heart. Working with children gives a different perspective on creating and appreciating art… In my experience the younger an artist is, the fewer inhibitions there are and the greater the enthusiasm for exploring and experimenting.
Can you imagine a world without colour? Can you imagine if all of us saw everything the same way? What if our perspectives never changed? Being inspired by the art of others is one of the greatest opportunities in life. It gives us the chance to empathize, and drives positive change and communication in ways that are deeper than words.
In my life as a resource teacher I have the opportunity to use art in a therapy context. I am amazed at the growth, discovery and connection available to children when art is an option. Sometimes an artistic medium – paint, colour, paper, scissors – gives the opportunity for growth that can’t be found in a “desk and workbook” environment.
In an art class – particularly one with open ended activities – students are able to weave together thoughts, feelings and ideas into personal communication without words. For some students, it’s the only way they really feel comfortable communicating.
Other times, art can be a way to represent an entire community. Every student in our school added a flower to this giant canvas, and the result was a joyful celebration of life and growth.
Communities are built with communication and cooperation… Creating and sharing art can be the foundation for that process across cultures, ages and abilities.
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” ~Auguste Rodin
What makes you love? Hope? Live? What makes you see things differently?