Art and Education

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 in art, education, family, kids, words | 3 Comments

I was invited to teach an art class at our local pre-school, Kids Club House this year! Both of my kids attended KCH and thrived, so I’m so excited to be part of the KCH family. I can’t wait to have fun with these kids and expose them to different techniques & mediums. I think the first class will be my favorite where we explore abstract art, color, & emotions while painting to music! Or maybe the printmaking class. Or maybe the collage class. or…..

Please have a quick read on PBS on the developmental benefits of art for children. I believe it’s essential to give children of all ages creative channels for expressing emotions and points of view that they may not have words for.  The world would be a much better place if we all could find a productive channels rather than destructive ones. Whether it be visual art, writing, dance, music….

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Below I’ve posted some of my favorite quotes alongside pictures of my kids making art together.  I love watching & creating with them and look forward to creating with some new children!

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso 

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Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” Pablo Picasso 

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I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe 

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“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper

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Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp 

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The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting.” Vincent Van Gogh

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“The arts provide a more comprehensive and insightful education because they invite students to explore the emotional, intuitive, and irrational aspects of life that science is hard pressed to explain. ” Charles Fowler

“Art education meets the emotional needs of students, establishes a fundamental framework for understanding, and enhances learning in academic subjects. At the elementary level, children form an understanding of their selves and world (Day& Hurwitz, 2001, Children and Their Art). Therefore, it is imperative to provide an outlet for children to visually express their selves, issues, emotions, and conflicts.”  – Anna E. Morrow, University of Georgia

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Euphemia Roecker
    August 30, 2014

    Very well said in words and photos!

  2. bethania
    August 30, 2014

    Loe the coherence and authenticity of the post. Words made into action with very dear subjects. There´s such a lack of education in art, particularly with that perspective in mind. Thumbs up, Femi!!!

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