Some of my own favorite memories growing up are of arts classes, with their endless supplies of crayons, glue, paper mache, glitter, pens, paint, beads and so much more. I genuinely enjoyed the few hours I had each week in school where I was given a the chance to work on something that had no wrong answers, only options. I was given freedom in the form of a paintbrush and a sewing machine.
It's a sad truth that kids get fewer and fewer of these kinds of opportunities. As budgeting for education continues to suffer, many of the creative outlets that we remember having as children are being cut. In a time when we are witnessing so much ambitious creative growth all around us, it seems a shame to not include our younger counterparts.
Why are the arts so important people of all ages? Crafting provides a hands on opportunity to challenge oneself and to lean about how things work. We develop better motor skills, the ability for abstract thought and we gain confidence. But most importantly, crafting, or making any kind of art, is FUN! It allows us the chance to let ourselves enjoy the moment, let go and be a kid.
With that said, Monday's weekly addition to EBAC with be dedicated to anyone who is young or young at heart, featuring:
- local young artists
- kid friendly craft tutorials (fun at any age!)
- updates on youth related art events