Good morning all, Larry and Joel-
Joel, I do agree and observe that loss of spontaniety in artwork as
students encounter adolescence through young adulthood. I think it
important to us as art educators to provide learning opportunities as a
vehicle whereby students can express spontaniety.
As students mature they naturally are becoming more self conscious, and
peer critical as well. It is more risk for them personally to create,
wondering what others will think.
I even encounter this with the adult students I teach. It is much safer
and easier to say , "I can't". But a big part of art and the creative
process is about risk, which demands a good portion of spontaniety. I
think as art educators it is part of our responsibility to lead them
through the 'plunge', and enough times that , that self consciousness
wears down and is less risky for them personally.