"To lack an education in the arts is to be profoundly disconnected from our history, from beauty, from other cultures, and from other forms of expression" (Larson, 1997)
"A painter takes the sun and makes it into a yellow spot.
An artist takes a yellow spot and makes it into a sun. (Pablo Picasso)
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." (Albert Einstein)
"You can't depend on your judgement when your imagination is out of focus." (Mark Twain)
(All quotes are from my sister's art textbook "Arts as meaning makers", which she is using as part of her studies to become a teacher.)
Someone once told me that the best way to foster a love of art was to start early, so that's my excuse for letting Elizabeth chew a variety of art supplies. That and the recommended approach of allowing Elizabeth to create artwork with her cake doesn't need any encouragement...
We tried a Valentine's day colouring sheet this week. Actually, Elizabeth loves to "colour" with pencil crayons and I'm fascinated watching her figure out what mom is trying to show her. She's starting to understand that the crayons make marks, but frequently tries to use the wrong end. She also spent a lot of time trying to pick the colour that I had put on for her off the sheet, before giving up and deciding to eat the paper. At the end of our art play time there was very little crayon on the sheet but she was having so much fun making music with the pencil crayons that mom let her keep them for a few minutes while she talked on the phone.
This may have been a mistake as Elizabeth finally figured out how to draw quite a beautiful line... on the underside of my desk. Daddy wasn't impressed, but I'm keeping it forever.