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

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

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  1. July 8, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I saw a video talk on TED by Sir Ken Robinson and he quoted this from Picasso in his talk. The subject of his talk was ‘Do schools kill creativity?’. And his answer was yes. The gist of the talk was how schools impart education keeping future job opportunities in mind. He argues that no school in the world teaches art courses the same way it teaches Maths or science, because “You cant get a job doing that.”

    I completely agree with him. The reality may be that art may not lead to well-paying jobs, but it can be enjoyed as a hobby. Everyone may not be able to paint like Picasso, but not giving them a chance in school is a crime. I believe that the world needs painters, thinkers, singers and artists just as much if not more than it needs scientists, engineers, accountants and architects. The main reason for this is singers can give joy to many engineers through their songs, whereas engineers can give singers gadgets that dont work properly and become a headache. Authors can inspire new ideas in accountants through their books, while accountants can only tell them the price of the book. I am not trying to insult engineers or accountants, I am just trying to say that all professions are equally important.

    Coming back to this quote and the video talk, Sir Ken Robinson also explains that a child is more creative because he/she is not afraid of making mistakes. As we get older, we are told that mistakes are bad. So we try to avoid them at all costs. This results in us not trying anything new, and doing the same thing(s) that have been done. I am not saying we should make mistakes all the time or art is all about making mistakes. I am just saying that we should be more courageous and should not do everything for economic gain.

    I know many people who enjoy their hobbies or their art while maintaining a stable job. The job feeds their stomach, the art feeds their soul. We can learn from children just as much as we can teach them.

    So pick up a brush and paint whatever you want to paint, or use the pen and paper to write something that you feel is important. Dont worry about the quality or economic value of the final product. Its the journey towards that final product thats important.

    — M

  2. sonal
    July 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Heyyy…thats soo true…are we losing it in fast paced word…needs to self analysed…

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