Since this is the first day of the Memorial Day weekend and I posted the art of veterans yesterday, I thought I would dedicate this post to the creativity of young children. The arts are essential in life and in education. Every child should have the opportunity to express creativity, yet too many are deprived of this essential breath of life.
This poster, taken from the Facebook page of Art in Action, demonstrates what occurs too often in our society. Most of the images I will share today are wonderful creations from children in schools that use the Art in Action curriculum.
Art in Action is a wonderful program begun in 1981 by a mother in California. Her daughter was just starting kindergarten at a time when Proposition 13 was decimating the arts programs in California schools. It has grown to serving more than 1600 schools and 46,0000 students in K-8 in California, across the nation, and even in the UK, Singapore, Kuwait, Kenya, and China. It fits into the common core patterns in states across the United States.
EXAMPLES OF CHILDREN’S ART FROM ART IN ACTION SCHOOLS
Redeemer Elementary School
This is an image of the art exhibition staged by the Redeemer Elementary School. They hung the creations of every child in the school, something that doesn’t often happen. One of teachers had the idea to hang 15-foot panels from the ceiling to have enough display space. If you click on the image, you can focus in on individual works of art.
Brittan Acres Elementary School
This is a wonderful piece by a girl in the fourth grade at Brittan Acres. Because the Art in Action curriculum also includes art history and the work of great artists, young people are able to learn from them. Finding one’s way in art always involves the understanding and imitating of those who have gone before us.
Saints Peter and Paul Salerian School
This is a vibrant piece of art from Saints Peter and Paul Salerian School in San Francisco. Like the “Swan” from another school using the Art in Action curriculum, it shows the influence of their study of the work of Salvador Dali.
OTHER EXAMPLES OF CHILDRENS’ ART
Iris Grace Paintings, UK
I shared before some work of Iris Grace, a four-year old girl from the United Kingdom, who is autistic. Her mother is raising her to explore her own interests, gradually exposing her to social situations. This particular piece was painted after Iris Grace attended a music session especially for children. Her mother has been exposing her gradually to the musical arts and Iris Grace came home from the concert and began almost immediately to paint.
Iris Grace is an extraordinary artist who is finding her way into life through her paintings. I strongly recommend that anyone who is interested in the education of autistic children follow her Facebook page, Iris Grace Paintings. Her mother Arabella shares her progress on Facebook several times a week. These reports form a model of how to raise a child with autism. Iris Grace also has a constant companion in her cat Thula.