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I want to be 5 again!
I am currently working on the schedule for the next quarter of classes. There will be some fun classes coming. If there is anything you'd like to see as a class, or perhaps an instructor you'd like to recommend, just let me know.
CAN WE PRETEND WE ARE 5?
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ~Pablo Picasso
Our book club is discussing Mixed-Media self-portraits by Cate Coulacos Prato. One thing that was shared was how difficult it is for many of us to do self-portraits. We are uncomfortable being us. We don't want to share our flaws and our weaknesses, or our glories and our triumphs. We don't even like having anyone take our photo. We don't feel comfortable sharing personal feelings or dreams or ideas, unless we are with our best friends. And even then, we are likely to keep some things well hidden. Creating self-portraits requires exposure, both good and bad. It is a little bit scary. Do we really want to go down that road? Does anyone even care?
We understand how Art and self-portraits go together. All of this is great for discussion, but when it comes to DOING, we tend to cringe and drag our feet.
Yet, if you are 5 years old, you love nothing more than to draw and paint pictures of yourself. You freely share your dreams and your plans and your daily routines, as well as your hurts and your problems, and your SELF! Creating art with reckless abandon is pretty much what happens when you are 5!
A 5 year old will happily paint her big ears or her freckles or her skinny legs. She has no problem coloring blue hair or adding wings or scribbling all over, if the mood strikes her. Of course she will share what she wants to be when she grows up. Of course she will tell you when somebody hurt her feelings. Of course she can draw herself happy or sad or angry or sleeping. Of course she can draw people and animals and birds and clouds. Why wouldn't she? It doesn't occur to her that it isn't all fabulously interesting and easy to do!
At 5 years old, art is a normal part of your day. It is fun. It is easy. It is messy. It is colorful. It is entertaining. It is normal!!!
At what age does it cease to be normal? At what age do we lose that idea that art is fun? At what age do we start hiding? At what age do we start being afraid?
I think we all need to start thinking like 5 year-olds again. Just play and have fun! Don't be afraid! Don't worry about everyone else! Spend less time on the results and more time on the process! JUST PLAY!!!!! Can you do it? I dare you!
One of the virtues of being very young is that you don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination. ~Sam Levenson
It is a happy talent to know how to play. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play
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