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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.

Enjoy…

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.

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New Work Update

Teaching my art class and learning new things about different artists has been quite an inspiration for me. It’s especially wonderful to be trying out new materials as I create samples for each class; in particular the week I taught about Henri Toulouse Lautrec. Inspired by his posters, and his penchant for painting on cardboard, we created our own work using a variety of mediums including oil pastels and Chinese water color on brown paper.

The water colors produced a beautiful effect on the brown paper, so I decided to reproduce this idea in a more meaningful piece of art. I’ve been using technical pen, ink, and the Chinese watercolors on a heavier cardboard type paper. Here are my results so far…

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook

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…