The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. –Pablo Picasso
Doesn’t Art make you feel alive? It really does wash the dust off the mundane parts of our days. What is it about artistic expression that vivifies our soul and the world around us? It is a mystery to me. Fin (age 3) and Lou (age 2) do some form of art each and every day and it tends to be the most vibrant part of our day.
If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh
I got my undergrad in Modern Dance at a Liberal Arts School but am in no way an “artist” in the paint and paper kind of way. But an art rich environment is important and essential in our homeschool. After taking on the truly transformative play challenge by a wonderful blogger friend, art has taken up permanent residence in our home.
For us, art is a means to express, problem solve, narrate, and process. Metacognition, literacy, thoughtfulness, sensory, tactile, decision making, and construction are all involved in the artistic process (even in very young children). It may seem like a great big mess to us but to them it’s their work. And in our home the messier the better. I strive to deny them nothing when it comes to their creative process. More paint? sure! You want to glue something? Ok!
A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind. –Eugene Iones
After a fun spice painting provocation Fin and Lou request cinnamon at almost every art session. I feel reluctant each time, (ah the mess!!!) but when I grant their requests the results are always beautiful and outweigh cleanup woes. When I say “results” I don’t mean the end product (although those turn out pretty cool). There is no pressure to preform. Only an invitation to create. The results are open ended. The process is what’s meaningful. Each layer of paint adds deeper understanding to their repertoire. As they meld materials, pour, cut, sprinkle, splatter, and brush a fresh coat of wisdom is added. They reap the benefit of making their own choices, asking their own questions, and making their own mistakes. We must let their minds take the adventure of art!!! And often!
If art is something you value and you want a good place to start then check out Kate’s Art Cupboard . If you want to learn about large scale projects and permanent art fixtures click here. Also check out how to display work.
May we do all things to connect with and learn from each other ✨