How old were you when you first realized that you were an artist, or at least began truly experimenting with art? For many of us, we did so before we realized that there was a word for it, and it came as naturally as walking. Art is in our veins, and many of us have expressed it through activities as simple as drawing in the sand, arranging pebbles in a unique way to show a picture, or perhaps taking a permanent marker to our parent’s walls before we could write “abc.”
It seems obvious, but I think it’s worth bringing up the fact that it’s important to teach the arts to our next generations, whether it’s in public school, at home, through art clubs or elsewhere. I bring this up today because I recently had a conversation with Maureen Bloomfield, Editor-in-Chief of The Artist’s Magazine, who’d just returned from NAMTA, which is an art materials trade show. She reported that carrying arts on to the next generation was a recurring topic among the art supply manufacturers, who realize that it’s important to teach our youth how to be creative–not only so that they can create works of art, but because it helps them successfully consider different approaches to problems, and so much more.
Art is beautiful, and I love to share the processes and results with you. I encourage you to tell about your own beginning art experiences in the comments section below; maybe you’ll inspire others to find the artist in themselves or share their inspiration with the young people in their lives.
Don’t miss the article “Once Upon a Time,” about Jan Brett, children’s book writer and illustrator, who writes children’s stories and also encourages the young, budding artists.