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Printable Artist Quotes about Creativity

I didn’t always consider myself to be an “artist.”  Although I get great joy from making things I’ve never felt like I had reached “real artist” status.  I’m not a suffering artist or a starving artist.  My artwork doesn’t have much of an underlying societal or intellectual meaning.  But I do like making my world and the world of those around me a little more pleasant, a little more beautiful.  Let these artist quotes encourage each of you to embrace creativity in whatever form suits you!

It's about the making not what is being made! Be an artist! Let these artist quotes encourage each of you to embrace creativity in whatever form suits you!

I liked art class in grade school and high school.  I was neat and good at following directions, which was basically what it takes to succeed at “art” in the school setting.  What I love about these artist quotes is they inspire us to go beyond the following of directions; beyond the making of a “craft.”  These artist quotes are there to encourage that little spark of an artist inside of you to take a risk and make something today!

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The art teacher…..

In college I stumbled around a major finally landing on art education.  I never had one particular medium I fell in love with and practiced constantly.  I made a little bit of this and that out of a little bit of everything.  While I sometimes struggled to feel like a legitimate artist in my own right I believe it made me perfectly suited to be an art teacher.

The “real artist…..”

Four kids later art has a different purpose in my life.  Or maybe it really doesn’t.  Maybe I just appreciate the role of creativity a little more than I used to.  Making something makes me happy, a little lighter.

It's about the making not what is being made! Be an artist! Let these artist quotes encourage each of you to embrace creativity in whatever form suits you!

The search for “just perfect….”

I like doing things well; even better is making something “just perfect.”  Being a “just perfect” artist (insert the words mother friend, wife, etc here) is darn near impossible.  I’ve tried.

It is exhausting.

It's about the making not what is being made! Be an artist! Let these artist quotes encourage each of you to embrace creativity in whatever form suits you!

Seriously.  Pay attention….

I really think that’s the value of art in my life.  Pay attention to the little stuff.  See beauty where it already exists and maybe even leave things a little nicer than I found them.   That is how my idea of “real art” and “real artists” has changed over the years.  Art doesn’t have to be saleable or angst filled or have an agenda to be meaningful.  It can be anything you want.

To this day I do not have a medium that is my one true love.  Usually what I make fills a need.  My art doesn’t hang on a wall.  Taking something necessary and making it more beautiful to use is my favorite.  I’m a practical artist.  Is that even a thing?

Cooking, sewing; anything mundane can be filled with creativity if you approach it in that way.  I’m a stay at home, homeschooling, blogging mama.  My days are filled to the brim with activities for others.

  Making stuff is for me. 

It's about the making not what is being made! Be an artist! Let these artist quotes encourage each of you to embrace creativity in whatever form suits you!

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Process vs. Product….

Process art is all the rage in kid’s art circles.  (Check out tissue paper process art and some fun color mixing here !) Don’t focus on making a picture perfect craft but allow the kids to make their own decisions and really express themselves though their own artwork.  Process art doesn’t have an end product in mind but rather is about the enjoying of making.

Why does this idea need to stop with kids?  Create away all you amazing middle aged mamas that aren’t an artist just like I’m not an artist.  Enjoy fiddling, and doodling, and coloring, and squishing, and anything else that  floats your boat.  Enjoy it even if you’re not the best at it.

Encourage your kids of any age to make stuff, try making new stuff, and try again.  Even if you’re child is not a gifted artist they still have so much to gain from being allowed to think creatively and to appreciate the visual arts.

Be an artist!

When I was teaching art I loved to start a class with this book, Drawing Lessons From A Bear.  This book really isn’t about learning to draw at all.  It’s about a bear that doesn’t things other bears don’t do, namely drawing.  My favorite part is the way it ends.  The bear says “I am an artist” and asks all the listeners to repeat that out loud too!

It's about the making not what is being made! Be an artist! Let these artist quotes encourage each of you to embrace creativity in whatever form suits you!Share your favorite inspiring artist quote in the comments below!

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6 Comments

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    Julie Coy

    May 11, 2017

    These are fantastic!!!

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      kitchentableclassroom@gmail.com

      May 11, 2017

      Thank you! 😀

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    Mother of 3

    May 12, 2017

    These are great quotes. I love diving right into art project along with my boys and we try to make an equal number of project that focus on content and process. Oftentimes it’s just so fun to play around with the supplies and see what we can come up with!

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      kitchentableclassroom@gmail.com

      May 12, 2017

      Thanks Joanne. I love to join in too- such a stress reliever!

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    Mary Kay

    May 15, 2017

    These are great, and would really add a nice touch to our annual art show. Each class learns about an artist and then makes then each child makes their own art project in a style representative of the their artist I . do worry about sharing the quote by Salvador Dali — I think our parents would ind some of this work offensive.

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      kitchentableclassroom@gmail.com

      May 15, 2017

      Mary Kay,
      I’m glad you can use them! Thanks for stopping by! ~jodi

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