I was walking up the steps to the third floor of the Winnipeg Art Gallery with a group of eight and nine-year olds. On the wall ahead was the art piece in the photo above by Barb Hunt. We got to the top of the stairs and one of the kids blurted out, “Look! It’s a dress for Mother Nature.”
Brilliant! I love giving tours to children at the art gallery because they notice so many things about works of art that I’ve never seen before, even after I’ve examined and studied them many times. The children give me new ideas and insights.
BBC News carried a story yesterday that quotes British artist Jake Chapman as saying it is a waste of time taking children to art galleries. He says they aren’t capable of understanding art. Chapman got plenty of feed back from artists and curators who disagreed with him. I do too.
I believe children can appreciate art in unique ways that makes taking them to an art gallery not only a meaningful experience for them, but also a more meaningful experience for the adults who accompany them.
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