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Why is Art Important? (My Reblog from the DLC)

I wrote this post for the Discovery Learning Center last week and wanted to share it again here.


Why is Art Important?

The question is not an easy task for some. Art easily takes a back seat to reading, math, science, and even sports in education these days. And it certainly isn’t on the latest test.

But ask yourself…

Can a lesson in composition resound with a future web designer, or a lesson on perspective later help with geometry? Or perhaps learning color theory will help a future physicist understand how light works? How about the visual and contemplative of any art piece that could inspire a poem, the next great work of literature, or any myriad of invention.

Art education is something that is as important in the classroom as it is in the real world. Art helps a person grow and to appreciate; to see the world from art’s own creative perspective. It helps one become a more rounded and cultured human being . Art isn’t just for the “artsy” either; any person can learn to appreciate art. Creating a piece of art can make a person find something in themselves they have not seen before, regardless if they have “talent” or not.

Art education creates thinkers, innovators, problem solvers, communicators, humanitarians. It nurtures the development of self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation. Art helps a person to understand the human experience and helps to shape our identity.

Even the great innovators of the past and of today know and understand the importance of art as a part of education.

“In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities….the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.”
–Paul G. Allen, Co-Founder, Microsoft

“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”
–Steve Jobs, in introducing the iPad 2 in 2011

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
–Albert Einstein

The Discovery Learning Center runs many art and creative based classes from fine art to tie dye. Join us for the next Art and Great Artists Friday August 24th at 10 a.m. Or check the calendar for the latest workshop.


Keeping up with the Kids

So I admit it! I can’t seem to keep my resolution to keep this blog updated. And of course after procrastinating for a month… I decided to procrastinate a month more.  I guess it’s the way of life when you have kids.

Kids keep me busy.

Extended stays at the hospital keep me busy. (That’s a whole other story!)

Homeschool stuff… that keeps me busy.

Teaching art classes… that keeps me busy as well.

Since I started art classes, I’ve had to create quite a few samples. This has actually taken a bit of time and energy, but it’s been great fun. I think that I’ve benefited as much as the kids from these classes, especially since I have had the chance to learn so much about other great artists. So, I thought I might have a bit of fun here and show off my lovely examples from my class. If you don’t already know, the class is Art and Great Artists. Each week we are creating our own artwork based off an artist!

Inspiration: Henri Matisse

Inspiration: Henri Rousseau

Inspiration: Henri Rousseau

Inspiration: Friedenreich Hundertwasser

Inspiration: Friedenreich Hundertwasser

Inspiration: Henri Toulouse Lautrec

Inspiration: Vincent Van Gogh

Inspiration: Marc Chagall

Inspiration: Jacob Lawrence

I sure hope the kids have inspired as much as I have. Perhaps I’ll post more after a few more months of classes…

Next week maybe some new paintings.

My Little Masterpiece

I brought the whole family (and survived!) to the de Young museum this last weekend for the Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Mus’ee d’Orsay. There I had my new little boy sleeping in my arms amidst all the amazing artwork, and yet, everyone still seemed to comment on the little guy.  Someone even said “Now that’s the real masterpiece!” I guess newborns really are that irresistible.

Here is my little masterpiece, born at the end of October…..

Boy #3 Ruben Vladimir

Showing a Bit of Love

Yes… I know this blog could use some love. But that just means life is happening.

The kids are being home schooled. Lessons have to be planned, field trips, the park, hour long bike rides, and of course art projects (which can often be a massive undertaking). I can find sparkles and paper scraps in the carpet, the kitchen, my hair, sometimes even the bed. But the mess, its worth it!

Its mushroom season, so for us this means hours of road trips and hiking. Some weekends we find our selves chasing rain, reports of mushrooms, and the ever elusive golden chanterelles, and our favorites… the black trumpet!

Does this mean I quit working? Heck no! In fact this has all served to inspire, so much so that I’ve ran out of canvas! 5 more paintings finished, 5 more on the way. But you will just have to wait until next week…

Until then… my elusive mushrooms….


always our favorite find.. the black trumpet…