My Art Belongs To Daddy
A few weeks ago we took the kids to a childrens art festival, where they tried their hand at pottery, cartooning, mosaics, fused glass, and several other crafts. My son enjoyed using the potter's wheel (above) so much that we'll probably sign him up for a class.
My kids have always loved making art. Right now they're both obsessed with drawing cartoons, especially robots and cats battling each other (the cats always win). I get little gifts of art from them daily. We're kind of drowning in paper around here, but I don't mind so much when it's a result of their creativity.
Our society doesn't place enough importance on the arts. In the public schools the priority is testing, and that's an area where creativity is not desired. When budgets are tight, or test scores are down, art classes are always the first to get axed. Our schools should not be in the business of producing little robots.
I believe art is an essential ingredient in helping a child's mind grow and mature, just as important as math, science and literature. You can pack their brains with information, but you also need to give them an outlet for using that knowledge in a creative way. The innovations and discoveries of the future depend on it.