Wednesday, September 5, 2012

wise words

7x12 pastel, Corner of Connecticut and Plyers Mill
This is my painting from this weekend's Kensington Plein Air. More importantly I have some wise words to share with you. 
As you may know I teach art to young children (kindergarten and 1st) as well as adults. Yesterday I saw my new Kindergartners. We talked for awhile and then I told them I had a hard question... a question difficult for adults, but not young children. 

I asked them, "what is art?"

Each child had something to say usually about the materials used to make art. One five year old said something that will be the quote of the year.

"Art, oh that's when you make something beautiful out of paint or even recycled materials. Sometimes it looks like what's in your head and that's good. Sometimes it doesn't and then you change what's in your head. If it still doesn't look beautiful, you just take a deep breath."
Antonia, age 5

Have a good week! I am now off to the Chincoteague  Plein Air.


Liz Steinglass said...

"a deep breath" -- absolutely wonderful.

Deborah Elmquist said...

Isn't it amazing that our young have an understanding beyond their years. Thank you for sharing these wise words.

Anonymous said...

Makes me take a deep breath and smile!

atom said...

love your certainly have Dad and Mae

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Out of the mouths of babes. This is definitely going to be printed out for my wall. Why do we have to lose that wisdom when we grow up?

This pastel is a beauty, the palette is gorgeous.

loriann signori said...

hi Liz, Deborah, Lisa and Marianne,
Teaching young artists delights me so. Often I wonder who teaches who! Thanks for your comments!

Hi Daddio and Mae!
You made and comment and it got through, wow!
Thanks for persevering. I appreciate all your support. love, loriann