|'Sidewalk Beauties' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I clicked on an article about kindergarten children in Finland because I love Finland and my daughter is about to become an elementary school teacher. I was curious. The article discussed how Finnish kindergarten children were joyful because they had more playtime and less rigorous literacy instruction. They learned valuable skills through PLAY. Very different from most American children. A quote in the article grabbed my attention:
"Those things you learn without JOY you will forget easily"
old Finnish saying
How true this is! It got me thinking about art and learning to paint. I know that when I am painting with a playful attitude I make all kinds of discoveries and connections. Take this week of daily oil and pastel studies. Oil painting is new and exciting. I set it up as a game. Every morning I wake up excited to play. What will I paint next? What will I learn? It is fun. I am playing and I am joyful. Like a Finnish school girl!
|'Sidewalk Beauties' 5x7 pastel $75|
How do you learn best? Do you set yourself up to play more often? Make sure that when you paint....you do it with JOY!