Last Saturday we held our first class at Tallgrass Art School in Pawhuska. It was a young people's sculpture class. As the class was ending I wandered down to take a look at what they had created.
All the kids in the class were so excited to share what they had made in the class, and I have to say I was impressed by their first time efforts. It reminded me of the first time I 'made' something and that special deep down emotional satisfaction of seeing something in your imagination coming to 'life'.
As artist's and as a community we really should encourage young people to create, whatever medium that might be. Writing, dance, visual arts or any effort that encourages them to use their imagination. Research has shown that children exposed to the arts excel at math, science and other academic studies. We at Tallgrass Gallery and School are so happy we can offer classes that encourage this.
As a child I was lucky to have parents that encouraged us to be creative, it has led to a life long love, appreciation and joy in creating art.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery