Art has an image problem.
I was reminded of that over the last few months, as I tried to lead a classroom of teenagers through several hundred years of art history.
To me, it is a labor of love to lead children in creative pursuits. And the same is true in opening young eyes to the vast, wonderful world of human creativity.
But I can never predict the audience reaction. Just as frequently that a piece of art would inspire and amaze, another would fall flat. Cries of “I could do that!” or “That’s not real art!” would cut through my attempts at explanation. I would try to reason with them, try to communicate the artist’s intent. But when my students were resolved, there was no changing their minds.
“Those are just scribbles!”
Art, I am reminded, has an image problem.
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