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Robin's Mind Space Blog

Why Student Art Shows?

Creative kids need to create. They need to find their authentic way to express themselves. They also need to be recognized for their accomplishments in a group of their peers.

When I was young, everyone loved to see what I could do. I struggled with subjects like math and later, in higher levels of science. But on bad days, I would just sit down and draw whatever I wanted. I felt like a super star, instead of a failure. 

As I entered junior high, those same people still loved to see what I could do, but now, they've decided I should draw things for them. And I loved to help them out, it was so fun sharing my artwork with them because it made them happy! So I kept at it... and then I was starting high school, and by this time, I had attached value to my creations, but the world around me did not understand that. I knew nothing about pricing or valuing art, because I never had that opportunity to learn about it and I had been giving my art away. Few people were willing to pay for my work. And it was devastating, because I thought they valued it. 

Children with strong artistic abilities love to create and share their work, especially with those who appreciate their work. Art shows give them a chance to shine and feel good about their accomplishments with like-minded friends! We all need to find out tribe!    

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