Every Child is an Artist by Nature

“If one looks carefully at the history of institutionalized education, it appears that “factory model” schools were designed by wealthy industrialists at the turn of the last century. They wanted to train children to become obedient workers and materialistic consumers (who would buy their products in the future), rather than creative artists and self-reliant producers, anchored happily in the present.”

This approach remains firmly in place, if not more so. Rigid education produces rigid adults concerned only with producing the generation of consumers.

Creative by Nature

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ―Pablo Picasso

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All human beings are creative by nature. Young children know this in their hearts, but as we grow older most of us begin to have doubts. We live in a culture that discourages creative thought and wants us to believe that artistic ability is rare. Over time, most of us learn not to color (or think) outside the box.

For children raised in competitive authoritarian societies, their creative efforts may be criticized by parents or teachers, their work compared to inflexible “standards” and expectations held by others. In the early part of the last century, the educational systems of  “leading nations” were intentionally designed (by those in positions of power) to inhibit creative thought and independence, so as to encourage conformity and obedience to authority.

In reality, each of us has great untapped creative potential, but like seeds, each person’s unique talents need to be cultivated, encouraged and nurtured. Here below are…

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About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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2 Responses to Every Child is an Artist by Nature

  1. Thankfully I am encouraging my children to follow what dreams may come Christina, I think attitudes are changing a little bit. Although I am surrounded by creative family members and it was only discussed at our easter break lunch that heaven forbid one of the kids did not like to sketch, we laughed and said oh well he must follow his own dreams.

    • I’ve no doubt that you are helping your children to find themselves and their talents. When I came up through school the arts weren’t highly encouraged. The first time I was given a creative writing assignment in school I was 15. My guidance counselor discouraged the arts completely, telling me, “There aren’t any jobs there.”

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