Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ragey Post

I don't want to get off on a rant here...

But saw this under "Kindergarten Teacher" on Pinterest and threw up in my mouth a little.



Yes, we want to teach our children boundaries and those boundaries should be clear whenever possible but a poster like this screams to me "Screw your imagination and creativity! Screw your not-quite-there-yet fine motor skills! If you aren't doing it this way, you get a big frowny face to tell you that you aren't good enough!"

I DO NOT color inside the lines. I try and I fail. I'm 43. I'm only just learning the joys of "coloring" because crap like that poster told me I'd never measure up.

So forget the lines. Forget the colors that "make sense". Forget that and celebrate the purple dog and the green sky. We will never encourage creativity and imagination in our children if we try to box them up from the start.

Art has purpose. Creativity has purpose. It's not about making things or drawing accurately. It's about tangible emotion. It's about stirring hearts. It's about triggering discourse. It's about neurons firing and creating new pathways between logic and dream. Above all, art is subjective.

Teach your children there are lines in life. Some are not meant to be crossed... others should be ignored. Encourage creativity in your child. There are many ways to teach fine motor skills without killing the art in a kid.

Love them, lead them, encourage them and let them find their inner art. Otherwise I might have to find you and kick your ass.