Children make me happy. And they remind me that I once was a child too. Once, before I transmogrified into this adult body which I find myself in now…
I made some of my most amazing artistic discoveries as a child. I loved art because it gave me the opportunity to express myself in a way that nothing else did. Through art, I could let my imagination run free.
Children’s art is amazing because through their eyes we rediscover the world again for the first time. Because we once drew those pictures, too. Even if we’re no longer artists.
All children are artists.
And their artwork, while not always beautiful, is honest: coming straight from the heart. With a little bit of encouragement, children make art without barriers, without being shaped by others’ opinions, without doubting their own ability to make art in the first place.. They just MAKE ART. They just make it. And then they put it up on the wall for the world to see, proud of what they did.
Adult artists struggle to recreate playfulness in their work all the time; to be free to express is not so easy when you’re an adult.
STRUGGLE. The definition of struggle in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary: to make strenuous or violent efforts in the face of difficulties or opposition; to proceed with difficulty or with great effort..
When you get in a room full of children making art, their ideas are endless. They have the idea, and they go with it. They are less concerned with the product of their artistic endeavors, and more with the physical action of hitting the brush to the page, of gluing the yarn, of blending the colors, of telling the story…
Is it the development of artistic technique that kills the essence of our work as adult artists? Or is it society that shapes us to slowly lose our childhood touch?
Perhaps it is a combination of both.
No matter where we are as artists (with or without technique), we can’t forget that ART is about PLAY. It really is. It’s not about struggling to make a painstaking diagram that maps the future of humankind. It’s about expressing what we see, in a different way, and sharing it. And it can be FUN. ART can be FUN. That’s a mantra I have to say over and over again to myself. Not just that art CAN be fun, but that art IS fun. ART is FUN. It feels good to say it. ART is FUN. ART is FUN. ART is FUN. ART is FUN. ART is FUN. ART is FUN. Isn’t that what you thought as a child? ART is FUN. ART is FUN. ART is FUN. ART is FUN. ART is FUN. ART is FUN!
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/struggle (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)
http://www.mama.org/caa/gallery/ (Museum of Ancient and Modern Art)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/78392448@N00/54641857/ (Marc Portier’s Photostream)
http://modernfolklorists.wordpress.com/category/child-artraw-art/page/3/ (The File Cabinet of Curiosities)
http://www.funkorchildart.com/ChildrenArt.php (Funkor Child Art Center)