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!
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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