Thursday, October 4, 2012

the eye of the beholder

The girl and I had a big talk the other day. Some other kids had told her that her artwork was "ugly," and she felt sad and angry.

We talked about how everyone has different opinions about art. 

I told her about artists - Monet, Van Gogh, Seurat - who were told that their art work was "not good enough" at some stage in their life. 

I told her some of the reasons why I find her art work beautiful - because I loved hearing the stories behind her work, because I love that she doesn't just make art that looks the same as everyone else's, because I can see how much she loves the process of art, trying new ideas and techniques along the way.

We talked about how it feels to be told that something you have made is ugly - and about how, while it's totally OK to dislike someone's art, it's not a good idea to tell them that.

She made this painting for me as a tribute to Georges Seurat, one of my favourite artists. Some might see a few blobby dots - I see thoughtfulness and love. It hangs proudly on our bedroom wall.

How do you handle the "beautiful / ugly" thing at your place?


Tania said...

Whereas I see a scene with people sitting on the banks of the river and some bathers in the water.

teddybearswednesday said...

As usual it sounds like you handled the whole thing beautifully. Art is so much in the eye of the beholder, we all have different tastes and views and opinions of what is beautiful to us.
Like you i love Isabelle's art, and am lucky enough to own quite a few pieces xo

Alison said...

Lovely to see you back. I have also taken some time away from blogging of late, other things have just taken up my time, but that's ok, I don't want my blogging to become a chore.

I'm going to an art exhibition soon by a lady in her sixties who feel's very vulnerable about showing her work to the world.

Like you I have also tried to instill confidence into my girls in not just their art but in everything they do. I tell them there is no right or wrong in art as long as you enjoy what you do that's all that matters. I've also taken them to exhibitions so they can see all types of art and they have spoken with the artists, this has helped enormously with their confidence.

My Bearded Pigeon said...

Busy had this happen to her, some one said her picture was dumb. we talked about it in the same way you did, that it was what they thought but why say that? because I almost cry over every picture she draws - at how cute it is we constantly encourage her to draw and create and not worry about if its good or not to just have a go at it. We also note the difference in the 2 minute picture and then one she spent 30 mins on.

She is lucky to have you as a mumma.

My Bearded Pigeon said...

and by the way her dots are awesome!

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

What wonderful advice and what a lovely picture! So lovely to see you back in blogland too.

Bungalowgirl said...

This just makes me sad. I want my kids to stay little forever, that magical place where there is no meanness in the world. Another mum with a quirky child told me that the kindy teacher herself had handed over her son's art while commenting it was just some more of his "rubbish" drawings. Turns out it was actually an aerial blueprint of the whole kindy including fire exits, extinguishers etc etc. And that was from an adult! We just need to overcompensate at home I think and always encourage having a go, even if it is not a perfect outcome. mel x