You might be familiar with Pablo Picasso's famous quote: "All children are artists. The problem is to remain an artist once we grow up". Being curious about how we can help our children express their inborn sense of creativity, I began to research what child experts recommend. The main points are:
- Set the stage for creative expression.
- Provide large blocks of time for artistic exploration.
- Be accepting of children's processing.
- Give them permission to do things their way as long as their safety is not at risk.
- Provide ample space indoors and outdoors.
- Provide resources (props, materials, creative junk..)
Now if you REALLY want to see how artistic kids are and how they chose to express their creative impulse, the best place to visit is Sh*t My Kids Ruined.
This is one of the most entertaining websites I have seen and I pulled out a few inspired masterpieces. Apparently the parents of the children whose work is featured here have followed the advice of the experts and given their kids the freedom of a little unsupervised time which, if you ask me, is what every artist deserves.
Body Painting or Tattoo Art. Existed in most tribalist cultures. The young artist here takes his mission very seriously.
Abstract Expressionism. Shaving cream masterpiece on body, on mirror and on...the cord of what looks like a hair straightener.
...to bash or cast a poetic light on consumer society (reminds us of the Ready-Made concept of surrealist Marcel Duchamp)
And my favorite one for the beautiful heartfelt message it conveys is the following:
If you want to read about the reaction of the lucky parents and see more creative ways to alter your environment, visit Sh*t My Kids Ruined.