01 March 2007

Art for the non-crafty

Over at In the Trenches of Motherhood, Chris is talking about the difference between "arts" and "crafts," and why both have a place in her family.

Her post reminded me that my non-crafty gene need not discourage artistic exploration in my kids. If I'm willing to provide some basic tools and the space and time to use them, they'll take care of the rest.

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Thanks so much for sharing this. Also the blog is fantastic and I hadn't seen it before. I am very inspired.

I like what you said, Asha - from an art teacher's perspective the best artsy thing you can do for your kids is get them materials and let them go nuts. Most of the 'art' kits you can buy are really craft and many don't inspire creativity. Also exposing children to 'great art' is important.

Craft is important, too. I think it's the creativity that you put into it that makes crafting so special.
There are definite differences between Art and Craft - but there are places for each.

I love arts and crafts, but I struggle sometimes with finding the time to set things up for the kids, and with not interfering too much.
If you want ideas, MaryAnn F. Kohl has written some great books about art for kids of all ages. Her mantra is, "It's the process, not the product," which I mutter to myself to avoid ever again hearing, "You do it for me mommy, since you're the only one who can do it right." Ouch!

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