As much as I love to share Boy Wonder’s artwork with heaping amounts of mom pride, sometimes I wonder if I’m pushing art too hard.
To quote myself from yesterday, “Boy Wonder has been in art class for five years and every Saturday morning it’s a damn struggle to get him there. I force it because he likes the class, even if he doesn’t like getting showered and dressed to go there. I also force art because he has raw talent that deserves development and yeah, the discipline art requires won’t kill him.”
While I believe in my reasons for
forcing strongly encouraging private art lessons, the last thing I want to do is suck the joy right out of his artistic experience. When I mentioned he “liked” the class, I failed to explain that what he liked was the finished product – not the formalized instruction. I get it, 1 ½ hours of art instruction every Saturday morning wouldn’t be my idea of fun either.
At an age where he disagrees with me on everything just because he can, I’m at a loss in deciding if art lessons are a battle worth fighting for.
While my head tells me it is, my heart reminds me that art is a personal enigmatic experience. Who am I to force creative expression?
While I don’t yet know the answer to our artistic riddle, it gives me great pride to share his latest creations from spring and summer.
Created August 2012 1 of 11"Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day."
Created May 2012 2 of 11"An artist is not paid for his labour but for his vision."
James MacNeill Whistler.
Created May 2012 3 of 11"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web."
~ Pablo Picasso
Created June 2012 4 of 11"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
Created April 2012 5 of 11"Real painters understand with a brush in their hand ... what does anyone do with rules? Nothing worthwhile."
Created March 2012 6 of 11"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life."
Created July 2012 7 of 11"I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them."
Proud artist 8 of 11"An artist's early work is inevitably made up of a mixture of tendencies and interests, some of which are compatible and some of which are in conflict. As the artist picks his way along, rejecting and accepting as he goes, certain patterns of enquiry emerge. His failures are as valuable as his successes: by misjudging one thing he conforms something else, even if at the time he does not know what that something else is."
Created March 2012 9 of 11"A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light."
~Leonardo da Vinci
Created August 2012 10 of 11"Never leave a painting mediocre; it's better to take a chance with it."
In progress! 11 of 11"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures."
~Henry Ward Beecher.
I’d love to know your thoughts. Should parents force their kids to develop personal talents?
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