The answer is a resounding YES!
I am so very grateful art is part of my life.
I get to meet wonderful people like you.
I get to make a difference is someone’s life.
I get to be creative (play), every day.
Some of you may not know that I’ve taught art to both adults and children for over 20 years. And I can say with all honesty and enthusiasm, that no matter the age, when a technique is mastered the same look of delight and satisfaction shows up.
During my 14 years of teaching art to K-8, I did a lot of research on this very subject. This is what I found:
The arts build a school climate of high expectation, discipline, and academic rigor.
Art strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success
helps students develop a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting—skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond
can help troubled youth, providing an alternative to destructive behavior and another way for students to approach learning
provides another opportunity for parental, community, and business involvement with schools, including arts and humanities organizations
helps all students develop more appreciation and understanding of the world around them
helps students develop a positive work ethic and pride in a job well done
So what does all this mean for YOU?
It doesn’t matter what your experience level is!
Art is NOT a competitive sport.
I want you to know that, no matter what the reason you choose to further your art skills, you will be uplifted. Now, don’t get me wrong … During your journey you may get frustrated, think you have no talent, want to quit. SO WHAT? Anything worth doing requires commitment and practice.
Don’t give in to that critic in your head.
Are you enjoying yourself?
That, my friends, is the most important thing.
So consider this your legitimate, endorsed Permission to Play Certificate!