This summer I have been teaching art lessons to a number of kids, ranging in age from 4 up to 16. All these kids come with different levels of skill and interest. But it is always encouraging to me to see the joy and abandon with which kids approach making art- an abandon that is very quickly lost as they get older if it is not encouraged. So, to help me maintain a childlike enthusiasm for my art work, here are a few lessons I have learned while teaching art.
- Nothing is a mistake. Anything can be crossed out, marked over, or incorporated into the piece.
- If your favorite colors are pink and purple, then by all means paint everything in pink and purple.
- When doing a self portrait, adding a crown, fairy wings, or a mermaid tail to yourself is acceptable.
- Kids understand perspective much better than adults.
- When in doubt, use more colors.
- Never use just a little bit of paint when there is a lot at your disposal.
- Draw what you love, over and over again, no matter what anyone else says.
- You are as amazing as you think you are.
- It's always a good idea to take a break and dance.