Every Child Is an Artist
Pablo Picasso was right. The world’s most versatile, acclaimed artist understood that artistic expression is the most natural impulse for children. Unburdened by convention and expectation, the child creates art in its purest form, whether on canvas, in clay, through colorful collages, or in wild and wonderful scribbling. They tap into the true, spontaneous impulses of their imagination and, when left to follow them, learn the joys of experimenting with textures, colors and shapes and bringing to life what their mind imagines. As they create art, children build the muscles of independence, learn to persevere when the clay collapses, and cultivate the confidence that comes from creating something wholly original.
These are just a few of the reasons why, from its earliest days, The Children’s School has been able to offer a thoughtful, sophisticated art program. Believing that fluency in art is as important as fluency in reading and math, the School gives children ample time and freedom in the art area to discover their capacity for creativity and personal expression: they choose the materials that interest them and use them in open-ended ways in painting, sculpture and collage. This approach strengthens students’ awareness that just as there are different ways to form a sculpture, so is there more than one way to solve a problem or write a story. Head of School Maureen Murphy explains: “Through art, children grasp that it is the process, and not the end, that is the prize of all learning. Thus is the engine of ingenuity—of new, bold and original ideas—born and nurtured in the child.”
We invite you to learn more our child-centered mission at our Open House on Friday, February 9, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. RSVP to 203.329.8815 or [email protected] to reserve your place. For more information about our unique program, visit www.childrensschool.org.