could you just eat up the smile on this freckle faced little girl? guess what made her so happy? she won an award in her school's art reflections program. i am so grateful for this art program. it's seems the arts in school are dying out. quickly. this makes me so sad. i've never seen this sweet 10 year old be so proud of herself for a good grade in spelling (although i know it's important) art is what builds her self esteem. her confidence. it helps her use her brain. her creativity. her art gives her value.
why would we want to diminish a venue that can bring children all of these wonderful attributes and more?
this is her winning piece. she wanted to do a "mixed media" piece because non of her friends knew what one was. i gave her a blank canvas. sat her at my art table. opened all my paints and papers and fibers and epherma and let her go wild. the theme was beauty is.... she decided "beauty is nature"
i think beauty is folks who recognize how important the "arts" are in developing our little ones. heck, we all benefit from valuable art programs.
how are the art programs in your part of the world? what would you do to change them?