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art A PRACTICAL THOUGHT ON

art education WRITTEN BY: Phil Fung M. Ed

AS A LIFELONG ARTIST I AM A GREAT SUPPORTER OF ART EDUCATION IN CHILDHOOD AND BEYOND. THE ABILITY TO TAKE YOUR IDEAS AND SHAPE THEM INTO REALITY IS A VERY POWERFUL TOOL.

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he benefit of an education that embraces creativity is an asset that extends far beyond making a pretty picture. Art education for children will empower them to lead a more creative and beautiful life.

At some point in everyone’s life there comes a need to create something. Whether it is as simple as making a birthday card or something complex as a home improvement project, everyone finds themselves with the need to work with their hands to create something new. Art education for children provides them with the experience of taking their ideas and turning them into reality. All those simple crayon drawings and clay animals that kids make in school are exercises for children to become comfortable taking chances and using their imagination. Far too often

Every time I envision something that I want to create, I have an infinite multitude of choices for design, colors, and shapes.

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I meet adults who have never been comfortable working with their hands. Art Education can break that course for children later in life. As an artist it has always been a blessing to take simple materials like pencils, papers, and paints to create something beautiful that never existed before. Every time I envision something that I want to create, I have an infinite multitude of choices for design, colors, and shapes. My art education has shown that there are many ways to solve a problem. This is an ability that serves me far beyond just making pretty paintings. I cannot express how many times the ability to visualize a scenario in my imagination has helped me in commonplace experiences.

For example, in my professional life I often have to make frames for my paintings, freestanding structures for displays, and even carve stone for my sculptures. This has led me to working with power saws, drills, chisels, arc-welders and more.

Kiddos Magazine Issue 1 - Back to School edition  

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Kiddos Magazine Issue 1 - Back to School edition  

Kiddos Magazine, It's just about kids! A new parenting magazine with a mission to provide a family-centric take on education, art, and ent...

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