Some people say art is only for those who can appreciate it.
I beg to disagree because one can see art in every day life: in the color of the trees on the streets, the repetitive patterns of broken white lines on the road, the color switching of the traffic light, the fine curvy lines of a baby’s face, the letters and numbers doodled on a piece of paper. Almost everything we see around us is an expression of something. It’s the “how” that varies.
Art can be in the form of a scribble, a doodle, a fine drawing, or a shade. It can be computer generated or it can be handmade. So yes, I believe art is in everything, and even more so in learning.
My daughter, who is 9 years old, grew up knowing the freedom of expression through art. I did too, which is why that’s our thing at home. So this is why we choose to infuse art in what we do:
- IT MEANS BONDING TIME!
We may not agree on styles, preferences, etc., but we get a lot of laughs when my daughter, Mia, comes up with silly ideas and doodles. I get a lot of good insight into her little head when I ask her why she drew this character or why she wrote this story.
- I GET INSPIRED AGAIN
Being an adult really has its downturns. For one thing, I keep forgetting I have an outlet when I’m stressed out! That’s probably why adult coloring books are all the rage these days, huh?
- I DISCOVER TALENT OVER AND OVER
One thing that always amazes me is a child’s imagination. And that’s a good thing. We need to always be amazed and be awed. In my line of work, hearing a child (sometimes even an adult) say, “Wow! You can do that!?” is just priceless. I know one such item that does just that.
- IT INCREASES HER LEARNING ABILITY
Did you know that by incorporating the right side of the brain when learning or studying concepts, it increases a child’s learning ability by as much as 90%? Amazing, right? I got that from one of the brands we have, The Learning Journey.
- IT’S REALLY JUST A LOT OF FUN
Smelling a box of new crayons, letting the tip glide smoothly on white paper, taking out a new drawing pad for a spin, I admit are just some of my guilty pleasures. Seeing how colors blend with water, or the way smooth crayons can be used with other media like watercolor or markers are uplifting to a very visual person like myself and Mia. We enjoy these things a lot.
- IT MEANS EXPLORATION
I’ve found that investing in really good art tools contribute to having fun too. We may not be experts at calligraphy (as is the in thing now) or the fine arts, but some of the materials we have have let us experiment a lot and see how far we can go with art.
I can probably list down a few more reasons why art, but I really don’t want to spoil it for you 🙂 I’d love to hear how art is infused in your life too!
And if you happen to be on Instagram, do follow Mia’s doodles here. She’d love it if you left her a comment or two. 🙂