In case you missed it. My newest body of work, ROUND will be hanging at Mario’s Double Daughter’s Salotto next month. Opening night is Friday August 5th 5-8.
The Daughter gave me my first solo show way back in ’03. I was still in art school and doing mostly installation work. “Welcome to the Amazon” was my first exhibition of watercolors. It went super well. I sold 12 pieces. A few years after the show, Jon and I held our wedding reception there and they treated us so well. Then, in 2008, I hung another show. My first after having Milo.
The Double Daughter’s is a no commission venue. This means that I will be able to donate 20% of my sales to buy art supplies for my students. I am super excited about this! Here are 10 reasons the arts matter (from the NAEA website)
1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it
is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution
and that questions can have more than one answer.
3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving
purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.
6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
The arts traffic in subtleties.
7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.
9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source
and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
10. The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young
what adults believe is important.
SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press.
Also, here are a few ways in which just a couple of dollars can enrich a child’s art education.
- $1.00 buys a sketchbook
- $2.00 buys a pack of markers
- $3.00 takes one student on a field trip
- $5.00 buys 50 lb of clay
- $10.00 buys 150 sheets of construction paper
- $20.00 buys a gallon of tempera paint
- $50.00 buys 600 pencils