"Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up."
- Pablo Picasso
Yesterday my daughter had an after school art class. When I went to pick her up I noticed that all the kids artwork looked approximately the same but my daughter's artwork was different. The children were asked to reproduce a snowflake that the teacher drew on the board. They were supposed to reproduce it using cotton swabs, glue and glitter. As I walked up closer to my child, I noticed why hers was different. Instead of the traditional snowflake, she produced a cat in a hat.
What I'm trying to get at is that sometimes we don't see what our children real passions are. We have a preconceived notion of what their life should be like, what schools they should go to and who they should become in order to lead successful lives. From early age we communicate to them that the art is nice but other things are more important. We don't encourage things like art because we think it won't bring any real income. After all, how much does an average artist make?
That's where we go wrong. There are so many ways in which the art can be used besides the obvious. From graphic design to interior decorating to book writing to teaching. Art is everywhere. We just have to look around and see.
If your child wants to write, encourage her. If she loves to paint, get her the supplies she needs. If she wants to play music, make sure she has the equipment necessary to develop her talent. Support her and let her decide.
Art expands our world and alters reality. Art inspires. Art brings people together. The world has plenty of scientists, engineers and politicians. Now more than ever we need artists.