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I was struck by your note about the student artwork. But I also feel
that kids somehow place much less importance on the permanence of their
work. At least that is what they seem to show me all the time as they
continually create stuff for everyone, not for possession, by time or by
any one of us in particular.
As an author, I used to try to incorporate kid art in my books.
Discouraged by editors, I gave up on doing that and find more joy in
celebrating the moments of creativity, rather than the pieces themselves.
So, in a way, I guess I may be devaluing kid art - but only in our adult
way of valuing with an exhibit, a publication, or a paycheck.
What seems far more important to is to preserve the ability and places
where (like that school) kids can work with other artists. Then, they can
in their own ways, find the right form of "preservation" if that is what
>This morning while walking in midtown Toronto[that's Canada:)]I saw a half
>demolished older(built circa pre-ww2)public/elementary school. Perched
>high up(school lot was cramped so they apparently had several floors)was
>the exposed upper floor(6 stories up?)with at least two or more
>corridor(?)student murals. They looked depressingly beautifull in the
>high pressure clear sunlight of a cool fall morning. How I wish I could
>have photographed them in colour! Talking about preserving for future
>generations school/student art(public art)!
>Visual Arts Education (Canada)