I was reading through some posts about ART today and I came across one that mentioned creativity. It featured a video by Ken Robinson, entitled “Do School’s Kill Creativity”, and it struck a cord with me. I have been trying to decide what I wanted to post for Ailsa’s Travel Theme – ART, and I came to realize that I was stuck because I was focusing on adult art. Mr. Robinson, short and sweet, says that we are pretty much stifling the creativity of children because art (music, painting, drawing, dancing…) are not valued as much as math and science in our school systems. Being a retired teacher, and having seen this first hand, I do believe the man has something here. Check out his video. You’ll see what I’m talking about. (He’s also pretty funny.)
Meanwhile, I am featuring the art of a child I know – my grandson, Nathan. This art is some of the best 5 year old art I’ve seen. I know. I’m biased. But still. Really good stuff. If art, or dance, or music, or sports, or whatever, is where you excel, and it’s what makes you happy, then I say travel that road.
Encourage creativity. If your child can’t sit still, maybe he or she needs to dance. View Mr. Robinson‘s video. You’ll see what I mean.
And whatever ARTform you embrace, I hope you dance…
Thanks to Ailsa for the artsy idea. Stop by her blog to view more truly amazing ART.
I would like to apologize to the blogger who turned me on to the Ken Robinson video. I wanted to post your link, but I looked at so many posts today that I’m at a loss as to who to credit. But – I thank you.