Each of us is an artist. Each of us lives creativity. It may be the way we cook a dish, arrange flowers, listen to a friend, or paint, sculpt, carve, garden, or write. I believe we each need a creative outlet. I believe the offering of art is essential in the schools to encourage each child to exult their inner in outer form.
Last night I read the book, Art & Fear, Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, by David Bayles and Ted Orland. I recommend it. Here is one of the last paragraphs.
Bayles & Orland:
"To make art is to sing with the human voice. To do this you must first learn that the only voice you need is the voice you already have. Art work is ordinary work, but it takes courage to embrace that work, and wisdom to mediate the interplay of art & fear. Sometimes to see your work's rightful place you have to walk to the edge of the precipice and search the deep chasms. You have to see that the universe is not formless and dark throughout, but awaits simply the revealing light of your own mind. Your art does not arrive miraculously from the darkness, but is made uneventfully in the light."