Why art is important in my life. By Lucia Burgess 5-22-15
I was diagnosed with dyslexia while in elementary school and received help in training my eyes for reading. I remember my mother saying, “You were so bright and it was hard to understand why you were having trouble in school.” It’s true that I saw things differently. It’s helped to discover famous artists like Leonardo DaVinci and Pablo Picasso also had dyslexia. By the time I entered middle school my disconnection with my designated school had increased like a big crack in the surface of the earth. How would I get past it?
Discovering the arts at a new school was a life changing experience for me. Engaging in dance, drama, music and visual arts offered an avenue for my creativity that reawakened my joy of learning.
I am grateful to continue my artistic endeavors and offer a place for others to connect with their art and community. Art is important to me because I may express and learn about myself as I create and then change it as I wish. The process draws me to the present moment and sometimes I am pleasantly surprised by the outcome.
I asked those in my classes to share why art is important to them. Below are some of the responses:
“ It was the first thing in the universe and it starts millions and thousands of things.” Ava, Kindergarten
“ You can express your feelings and how you want people to know you.” Kate, 2nd grade
“It basically describes who you actually are.” Cora, 2nd grade
“You can do things you have never done before and learn from the best artists.” Bridgette, 1st grade
“It makes me happy.” Audrey 2nd grade
“You can make your art look real and sometimes it does not look real.” Jake, Kindergarten
“Drawing and color are exciting to me.” Olivia, 2nd grade
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