Yesterday, I was at Prodigal Magazine, and my Art Room Parables column. If you missed it, check out the preview below, and join the conversation at Prodigal.
Every once in a while, a kid has to make a choice. Which activity to do after school, which friends to spend time with, which talent to pursue and nurture. There are only so many hours of the day.
Naturally, as the art teacher, I try to keep kids interested in art as long as possible. I know that most of them will drop it eventually. But when a kid is trying to make a choice about whether to take art classes or join the soccer team, I try to get them to see things my way. You’ll have sports for a few years, maybe you’ll even play in college if you’re lucky. But you can have art forever.
I wasn’t prepared for this response though:
“No one else is doing it.”
Simple, direct, and airtight logic based entirely on the fact that kids are so good at viewing themselves through the lens of how their peers see them.
How do I argue with that?
Finish reading at Prodigal Magazine.
I’m out the rest of the week at Catalyst. See you next Monday!