The Importance of Art in Our Children's Lives

Have you ever said, “I wish I could draw” or “I don’t have a creative bone in my body”?  If so, have you ever wondered what message this gives to your child (in all honesty, I’ve been guilty as charged).

 As adults we tend to believe a “respectable” piece of art should represent a realistic object or capture a beautiful landscape.  This type of thinking places unfair expectations we unwillingly pass to our children, which can hinder their artistic development.

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Drawing the lines on coloring books

I was delighted and reserved when I saw an adult coloring book.  Delighted we acknowledge art is personally rewarding. Reserved because it reinforces a negative message about our own creativity.

When I as in college, I was taught templates and pre-drawn images enable dependence.  Learning to draw builds self-esteem, confidence and is personally satisfying. It is a higher order thinking.  Drawing is a learned skill and is best done without a crutch. 

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3-Minute Art Break

A scribble can be worth millions. Artist Cy Twombly and Joan Mitchell made their fortunes following their bliss of the scribble. Cy Twombly's blackboard painting covered in white scribbles sold for $70.5 million dollars  at a Sotheby's auction in New York City!

Le'ts face it, most of us are not going to be selling art for $70.5 million dollars. We don't have to have the goal of creating a million dollar masterpiece to enjoy the process of art. We enjoy the process of art because it's liberating!

There are several simple and fun exercises to boost creativity. When you make creativity part of your everyday life, it is empowering. It helps to reduce stress, engage in positive problem solving and allows you to step away from the "to-do" list for a few minutes.

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