“The urge to draw must be quite deep within us, because children love to do it”
Children’s artwork inspires me. It’s open, honest and free. It’s filled with emotion and vision of the future. Most importantly, it says, “This is me. Accept me as I am.” When we’re doing a classroom art activity, sometimes my inner adult wants to take over. It wants them to make their work look like my sample. It’s so important to remind myself that these children are five years old. They’re creating art for their age, not mine. Their art is perfect, just as it is. If a student gets frustrated with their work because it doesn’t look “right,” I remind them – and myself – that their work looks exactly as it should. In this moment, it’s perfect. When I can help a child realize this, their smile inspires me to create even more opportunities for creativity.
Are you able to put the inner adult aside when your students are working on an art activity? Can you let them make mistakes and grow as artists? Can you support them and let their art “just be?” Fill your day with opportunities for creativity and your students will inspire you!
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