Today we watch ellee ven contemplate the idea of how schools can limit our young artists. Is there such a thing as good or bad art? ellee ven says “Nay, there is only art you like and don't like.” Artistic talent blossoms and sometimes it just needs more room to grow.
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Hi, my name is ellee ven, and I'm a self-proclaimed groovalutionary. Today we are going to be talking on the topic of whether or not schools kill creativity. Thinking back to kindergarten, I have to tell you, those were the glory days. These are the days when we are encouraged to express ourselves, use whatever color speaks to us, use all of our LEGOs however we choose. But then we are introduced to conformity and painting by numbers and all sorts of laziness that truly kill creativity.
You might be thinking, who does she think she is, speaking on schools and creativity? Well, you may not know this about me, but I was a school teacher for five or 10 minutes, and I'm telling you something, I did a lot of learning. One thing that I definitely came out of there learning is that there's no such thing as good art or bad art. There's only art that you like more or less. The problem is grading art in early childhood education, determining that someone is so artistic and someone is not, or that someone is not able to use their creativity a certain way just because they don't show proficiency in a particular area at age five.
How about the person who can't draw a stick figure but they can envision something and then they can become a composite designer in the future and create all of these other worlds for us? Maybe they can't draw, but they can imagine, and they can assemble. So does this make the person a bad artist because he is not creating the artist the same way as another artist may see it? I don't think so. And so that is the reason why I do think that school kills creativity because we are putting a grade and a judgment on someone's creative process when it is in the very, very, very beginning stages. Another question you might be pondering is who is judging the art? Do we like their art? We know not. It could be a 19-year-old who literally hasn't even been to a proper bar. And these are the people that we want judging our children's art? I think not.
The thing that makes me insane about it is it's not just about art. It's about the concept of creativity and how we say oh, couldn't do it in five minutes. Oh, you're good or bad. So then people actually don't even experience the joy of developing things. Science requires creativity. Language and music and poetry requires creativity, and all of those things are processes. So I dare you. Tell me that schools are not killing our creativity. I want to hear your thoughts on creativity and how we can actually help that school system lift our artists up. My name is ellee ven and I am a self-proclaimed groovalutionary.
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