At Art Fire, we understand how important art and crafts are in our society. Sadly, not everyone seems to share our understanding. As striker government regulations crack down on math and science requirements for schools, arts and music are getting pushed to the sidelines.
Math and science are important—no one will argue against that—however, an artistic education can foster a sense of humanity and sympathy at an early age, which can be equally important. Art forces children to use their imagination, therefore making them more able to imagine and understand the feelings of others.
What people don’t realize is that while math and science encourages critical thought, art encourages empathy. Literature, theater, music, fine arts and dance are just as important educationally as other subjects in schools. They promote teamwork, thinking outside the box, and most importantly, culturally sensitivity.
In our fast paced world, many find it difficult to relate and understand each other. Different cultural groups go to war due to disagreement in lifestyles, and while I’m not saying that arts and crafts can bring world peace (who knows though, really), it can better help individuals to comprehend the values of others. By fostering creative talent, you offer your children an insight into the experiences of others.
So encourage your children in the arts. Art is born from creative thought, and every child has the ability to be an artist. Help them to foster that creative talent. Give them access to art supplies and let them find the medium the like working with best. After that, don’t let them quit. Even if they resist you initially, help fine tune their artistic talent. Trust me, you’ll be doing them a favor.
Artistic talent starts early. As Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Many children have a strong interest in a music instrument or other art medium while in elementary school, but disregard that interest upon reaching middle or high school. This is the tragedy of our society. Arts and crafts are stereotyped as being for children primarily, while adults have better things to do with their time.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Artistic talent can be carried from childhood into adult life. It is never too late to learn a new craft. If you think you lack artistic talent, think back onto your childhood years.
Remember what hobby you enjoyed the most, and pick it up again. I don’t want to hear any excuses, make time for it and give yourself the opportunity to experiment. You may worry that you lack the skills to be an artist, but artistic expertise, like any other ability, takes practice. Never give up, who knows, someday you might be selling your handcrafts goods on Art Fire!
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