In September, I send large folders home to children and their families to decorate, together. Throughout the year, these folders are used to transport their child’s art work each time we send it home. It’s our Art Pony Express, delivering precious cargo all year long. Decorating the folder together is a nice family activity. More importantly, it says that art is important– and a child’s work is important. Because it is.
The folders have been decorated and returned. They are beautiful and heartfelt. Today one of our youngest child’s folder was returned. My throat swelled. So did my heart.
Yes! Art is a universal language. The parents understand. This drawing was hard work for a child who is not yet three-years-old. Look at the focus and multiple colors. The child wanted to say, “I really like art”, yet he does not yet have all those words that are in his heart. What he does have is art tools to speak his words. And he spoke them well.
Yes, art is a universal language.
I have a handful of paperclipped writings and quotes beside my computer. They mean the world to me. When I saw this decorated folder, I immediately thought of “It took me a lifetime to learn to draw like a child.” by Picasso, and “I would like to paint the way a bird sings.” by Monet. This parent eclipsed them and said it best of all.