All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up. – Pablo Picasso
In our preschool and primary classrooms, all of our students are artists. They all color, draw, and express themselves free from fear of judgement. From the hand drawn depiction of vacation to the holiday drawing on the refrigerator, children are joyful creators.
As children grow and mature, those who develop their talent continue to live an artistic life. Those who fail to excel, who fail to be recognized for exceptional talent, seemingly abandon this form of creation and expression.
As educators, we must cultivate the inner artist in each student. The joy of creation, the process of expressing oneself with freedom and creativity, mustn’t be extinguished in any child. Educating the whole child, preparing students to be ready for a tomorrow of balance and happiness, requires us to sow a love of all the arts in our classrooms.