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The art of young people

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The contribution of young artists is amazing. These high school students, through their artist statements, show their awareness of public issues and how they fit in to society.

Where did it all begin for them? When they were little, they were allowed to play with raw materials. They were given paper, pencils, markers, watercolors, clay. They were also given time to play with these materials. They were allowed to draw and sculpt and to make a mess. They were allowed to concentrate. This is what develops creativity.

Freedom to choose how to use what is in the physical environment allows the creative mind to develop. We can nurture our children by watching for what interests them. As their primary advocate, children’s parents are sensitive to the things that create special alertness in our children.

Fostering children’s ability to take in the environment means providing quiet times. Without constant and noisy stimulation a child is free to listen to his inner guidance. When she is surrounded by beautiful images in nature or through trips to the museum or by discussions in the car about what she is seeing, a child develops her own images.

Building up these resources is one of the most rewarding things we can do for our children. Providing materials for self-expression is a way for children to extend their inner lives. These give us a clue as to the rich resources of their individuality.

© 2014 Kathryn Hardage



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