Sunday, October 12, 2008
Craig and I watched an awesome documentary about a four-year-old named Marla Olmstead who picked up a brush, started painting, and never looked back! She was big news a few years ago as her paintings started to be shown in New York City galleries for thousands of dollars. What most impressed me was her parents-- that they allowed her the creative freedom to try to do a real painting on canvas and when she was good, to protect her innocence from the crazy world of adults! The movie is called "my kid could paint that" and delves into the whole definition of what art is and how to determine it's value. After a horrible experience with 60 Minutes, they were able to prove that these paintings were all Marla... her true voice coming out in them and her perception of the world in the abstract images. I gained an even greater appreciation of abstract art seeing it through the eyes of a four year old! I want to give my children paint and canvas and see what they have to "say"! Every art teacher should see this and even every parent. Two thumbs up!