Saturday, April 18, 2009
This is my very first painting, a finger painting done in kindergarten with tempera paints.
I can still remember the cold slippery paint on my fingers and how much fun it was to play in it.
Young children are artists. They take joy in the process and are motivated by a desire to create. It's sad that as children grow they lose this confidence. The natural desire to create art is replaced with fear
-of making mistakes
-of what others will think or say
-of falling short of expectations...
and fear kills both confidence and progression.
By 4th or 5th grade many children do not think of themselves as artists and as adults most have completely forgotten they ever were an artist.
Celebrate the process. Play as children play. Find joy in creating.