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Art and Kids

We both admired the work of children's book illustrator,  Jon Klassen at RAM

I think it's amazing the things that kids can articulate about art.  Just the other day we were in an eclectic antique store near my in-laws and K came over to me rather distraught and said "Mommy, I don't like that painting."  Without even looking up, I told him that wasn't a nice thing to say about someone else's art.  He then quickly responded with, "But I don't like the way it makes me feel."

With that, I looked up at the painting and knew exactly what he meant.  I couldn't put my figure on it, but I didn't like the way it made me feel either.  It was just a woman's face, but had an unsettling edge to it somehow.  I told him that it was a good thing that he noticed that about the art and that we didn't need to hang around near it for one more second.  I was pretty surprised that a six year old would notice and then communicate something like that.

It confirmed some of my core beliefs that art and environment are so important for kids - I believe they are important for people who used to be kids as well.

On another note, we completely enjoyed the children's exhibit at the Riverside Art Museum - no bad feelings there.  ;)  They even have a kid's scavenger hunt for art on display throughout the museum which was a big hit.  We highly recommend it.

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