We are all artists
Sending our children to a school where art is treated as important as history or english or even math was important to us. It was also a gift to out kids because unfortunately art has been cut out of so many curriculums. But the reality is although art might or might not be part of someone’s school experience, an hour or more a day, we are all artists.
Instagram has made us all photographers. Maybe that platform, surrounded with the chaos of social media, and an anxious global world, has spurred the return of art as a recreational medium.
Tie-dye is back. Pottery making is back. That physical connection to something that you create is powerful and for amateur artists it is letting their brains calm down from the insanity around them.
Growing up I tried it all. We had tie-dye birthday parties when I was 9. I sewed, crocheted, knit, embroidered, needlepointed, cooked, baked, played guitar and piano and painted my room. There was definitely an underlying stress in our house growing up so perhaps these were a way to physically calm my mind. There were drugs too but that is another story.
Art is being woven back into people’s lives in a new way but for many of the same reasons as it was in the 70’s. Shifting times.