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Saturday, March 03, 2007

 

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.

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11 Comments:

Anonymous Dan said...

Our schools should not be in the business of producing little robots."

Not even if they teach them to fight cats?"

1:40 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

Ahhh, that's hilarious. I didn't even make that connection when I was writing the post.

My son would say it's okay for the schools to make dog-fighting robots.

1:54 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Innovations and discoveries, sure... but there are business functions that come with it as well.

I'm a Director of Marketing and my team is constantly innovating. I have a graphic designer and a lead copy editwriter on my staff. Everthing we do is about imagination.

We have to generate creative copy and ads to engage our customers. We have to put ourselves in our customer's shoes every day. That takes imagination.

The interesting part is that each of us has a creative side of our lives as well, which I think helps us bridge our business side. Two of us have blogs, one knits, one dyes fabric and I paint.

They always talk about how sports generates team work lessons. Well, I don't think schools understand that lessons come from all subjects including art & music.

5:36 AM  
Blogger Hann said...

Oh I always wanted to do that, lucky boy. Did he get to keep his cup?

I truly agee with you there, I liked doing art just at home with my tweens too since they were toddlers. We made scare crows out of grass we picked from and open field across the road and stuck it with glue and pieces of old cloth, we drew pictures non stop and now they are actully both good drawers, I believe it's my influence off course LOL.
But, yes schools should let kids express themselves more.

5:46 AM  
Blogger Mommy Dearest said...

I have to take the Urchins next year. Goo absolutely loves art. If she's getting ready to tantrum, all I have to do is hand her a paintbrush.

7:48 AM  
Blogger MarmiteToasty said...

Oh how wonderful........ let him have a bash at being a potter if he so has a knack........ me sister is a potter up in Scotland, she makes the most amazingly beautiful things........

Its something Ive longed to do...... but never had the time or opportunity to have a proper stab at it, I might try and find time to enroll in a course at the college come September.... thats if I can find a spare evening when I aint ferrying one of me lads around lol

x

2:15 PM  
Blogger Philip said...

Hobby stores and even places that give art supplies like Michaels (are there Michaels everywhere?) have inexpensive "starter" potter wheels for kids that would be a good place to start at home.

I'd be happy to suggest other ways to introduce the two and three dimensional arts to your kids.

You don't have to be an artist yourself to get them really excited and involved.

2:44 PM  
Blogger dennis said...

the imps love art. they love to place their art on my floors, tables, dressers, doors, windows, walls...

occassionally they remember they have a giant box of blank paper that can also be used for their art

5:14 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

The second day we were in our new house, my daughter (then four years old) drew a picture of herself on the family room wall. Like she was marking her territory!

We keep plenty of blank paper in every room now.

5:39 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Philip, yes we have a Michael's. They really are everywhere. We try to get to the kids' craft activity they have each Saturday.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I always wanted to try a potter's wheel, but just never got the chance. Still would like to do it. Maybe I'll have to get a little one for the kids when they're a bit older so I have an excuse to use it (like I should need an excuse!) I agree completely about the arts. Soooo important. My favorite class was always art.

5:56 PM  

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