I did an art class this week and learned so much. To be honest I didn’t really want to go and tried to dream up 100 excuses! I was terrified that my complete lack of talent would be obvious within 5 minutes.
My fear was well founded but the teacher and the rest of the class were gentle with me!
I learned some surprising things that I probably should have learned decades ago!
How to concentrate on one thing at a time
How to listen to instructions carefully and what happens if you don’t!
How to admit I had made a huge mistake and ask for help.
How to stop worrying about ANYTHING else.
How to hold a paintbrush.
How to choose colours and make a decision.
I CAN draw a bird (so can everyone.)
How to blend colours.
How to work out where highlights and shadows should go (this was where my huge mistake occurred)
How to be quiet for a long time and stop making self-deprecating comments.
How to actually enjoy the fact that I finished a piece of art I sort of like. Each time I look at it I am reminded how much I didn’t know and still don’t but CAN learn!
Just reading through this I am realising that most of the things I learned were universal truths and skills we want all children to learn! So why would we ever miss ANY opportunity to include art in every subject areas?