In this post by Alicia Arnold, you get a first hand glimpse into the importance of an arts education in the life of a child. She shares how in the scribbles of a child you can often find creative hidden perspective.
A few weeks ago a friend of mine, Gessica Silverman, participated in the Somerville Open Studios. I’ve known Gess for what seems like ages, although in reality it has only been 6 years. I still fondly recall the day she put her wish out there for the world to hear and told me she wanted to “make art.” The bravery it took to say her wish aloud and the work it took to bring it to life was inspiring. It has been many years since we colluded on ways to make art a reality. Now, Gess is doing what she loves best and sharing her talents with the world.
When we learned of Gess’ art show, my husband and I thought it would make a great family event. We packed the kids in the car and headed for Somerville. At the studio, Gess walked us through her pieces and explained how they were made, what they were made from, the concept behind the pieces, the parts of the art making process that gave her energy, and the parts of the process that proved to be challenging. Gess did a great job breaking the conversation down into kid friendly bits. However, while polite, the kids looked like they had some bottled up energy.
Gess gave each of my boys paper and markers. They soon settled down on the floor and began making art while the adults dove into perspective (horizon lines, background, foreground) and how each piece of Gess’ art took on a different look, feel, and meaning depending on where you were standing. Because Gess’ art is three dimensional, lighting, how far the piece hangs from the wall, as well as, mounting technique all played an important role in the finished piece.