Friday, June 2, 2017

The Truths of Life Gleaned from Art Lessons

For the past 7 months I have been working as an art teacher for the 600+ students at Kay's Creek Elementary. While I was teaching these 5 - 12 year-olds the elements of art and practices of artists, I was in reality teaching

Respect for oneself and one's work

Respect for others and their work

Observation and recording skills

Problem-solving using discernment and creativity

Following directions while 
simultaneously incorporating creative thought 

Completing projects

Self-control

Giving and receiving constructive criticism 

Believing in oneself

Cleaning up one's mess

Helping a neighbor clean their mess

Using one's resources and asking for additional resources when needed

The validity of one's thought process and creative practice

Finding something beautiful and worthwhile in every piece

Learning from mistakes

Being humble in success while enjoying it simultaneously

Respecting one's environment including people and materials


Most importantly:

Art (and people) doesn't have to be perfect to have validity and that giving up perfectionism is freeing. 

When you allow yourself to fail you can succeed even more gloriously.

As Picasso said " Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist."