Friday, October 01, 2010

More Pictures of the Old Storefront - Violet

Before Violet, my first grandchild, was even born, she came to the gallery. She visited often. I believe that children should be exposed to art from an early age. They should visit galleries, museums, and art studios. Museums should not be places where only adults venture. Painting (and drawing) is a visual language that allows us to express ourselves beyond words. Children can learn to appreciate the work and study that goes into creating paintings by watching artists at work. In order to cultivate a society that appreciates art, we need to teach them, starting at a young age, to see beauty in design and color, as well as to value skilled craftsmanship.


Heather L. said...

Andrew and I recently visited the Indianapolis Museum of art. Great time!! I'll have to take the others -- but maybe not all at once. :) Andrew likes to draw.

Karen Winslow said...

Hi Heather. That is wonderful! I am glad the you and Andrew got to go to the museum. Yes, taking the other kids one at a time is a good idea, too.

When my kids were little, I always made sure that I had plenty of paper and a lot of different drawing/painting equipment, so that they could explore. If they were in the studio or watching me paint, I would point out things about the light, color, or rhythm of my subject (looking at the still life set-up, model, or landscape), so that they could "see" with an "artist's eye".