This post is a very important piece on the importance of art for children. And I should add, for all people.
Art and preschoolers go hand-in-hand. If I want children to feel excited and inspired by art, it must begin with me. I recently visited the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire and… oh my!
Let me back up. I want to talk about real with young children. This is important. Learning and joy come from playing with real things; tree stumps for building, tools at a workbench, cooking, forging through snow without sleds or shovels, live animals, musical instruments. When I introduce something real, every child instantly wants to ‘be there’. Art is no exception.
I was struck by this painting, a view of Mount Washington in 1880, by Gamaliel Beaman. Then I looked closely. This is what I saw:
Every brush stroke. Raised paint. Light. Intense color. I was inches away from a masterpiece. Real.
Art. I need to share all of these real elements…
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