Helping children develop art skills

Posted
Wednesday June 19, 2013

To the editor of THE EAGLE:

As an art educator for the past 23 years, in New York City and North Adams, I have always promoted the need for art education. Freedom, the new Kidspace exhibition I organized -- and, for that matter, all Kidspace exhibitions -- was developed with this mindset: to advocate for children’s creative development by providing opportunities to view great art, interact with renowned artists, and create their own masterpieces.

My conclusion after "11 years at the helm of Kidspace" is NOT that "children don’t have the skills or the time to think in depth about art." (Berkshires Week, Thursday, June 13). Rather, when it comes to challenging topics, like freedom, children are often not provided with adequate time to conceptualize and with enough experiences to develop the art-making skills necessary to create deeper, less stereotypical imagery.

LAURA THOMPSON

North Adams

The writer is director of Education and Kidspace at MASS MoCA


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