“And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good...."
He allows us to see a new picture every day, with a thousand different tones, listen to a new melody, touch a different texture, smell an exquisite fragrance, and in His infinite goodness, He transferred this creative talent to men, women, and children.
God created us in His own image. This means that our DNA contains a potential, artistic and multifaceted creativity that allows us to express freely the beauty and identity of those things that are in our thoughts. Art, in any of its ways: drawing, painting, sculpture, singing, dancing, design, if fostered at an early age, will allow us to form people emotionally healthy, with the capacity of relating harmoniously with the environment and with others.
Art and its multiple manifestations are a magnificent way of expressing the Eternal, which beauty transcends time and space. Of course, there is nothing of greater excellence than the spontaneous expression of a 5-year-old child’s traces of his idea of family… Additionally, the Art class allows children to socialize with their classmates, and appreciate the different skills of each of them. We do not compete to see who is better, but to show how valuable it is to feel part of a group that has a common desire: creating, and playing with colors and traces.
As an elementary Art teacher, I have seen Art change a child’s heart, when their nostalgic little face lights up seeing their finished work.
For some, their first traces, their clumsy doodles, silhouettes or amorphous portraits, the mix of colors and the use of endless materials, may be the beginning of a great artist. How do we know? What if in our hands is growing a new Picasso, a Van Gogh, a Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró or an Oswaldo Guayasamín!...
Cristina Paredes de San Lucas
Elementary Art teacher.