Saturday, February 9, 2008
Just making stuff
My dad has always said that he didn't push his kids into making art, but he did supply us with every kind of art tool or craft substance we desired. It's true and I'm seeing the value in that right now. In my early years of university, I often wished that he'd taught me how to draw, to prepare me for my future career. But looking back from here, I'm so glad for the freedom. There was no pressure to perform, no pressure to think or show off a talent. I got to enjoy the pure love of making stuff.
I talked to my kitten's first grade class about making stuff just for fun. We talked about the joy of it. There were no written out art objectives, no connecting it to the curriculum or anything I learned in my education classes, just the fun of making stuff. I think making stuff has it's place too and shouldn't be forgotten.
I didn't tell them anything they didn't already know. We made a big mess together and had a blast. Thanks little ones.
Go try it. Tissue paper, pipe-cleaners and scissors. That's it. It's nice to bring color in when it's all grey outside. Seriously, everybody go try it.