My quiet and gentle artistic rebel

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Me…”So how was your art lesson at school today? Did you enjoy it?”

*CAL…”Well, we looked at photos of paintings by other artists. We looked at their different styles. Then we had to do a self portrait based on one of those styles.”

Me…Ok, what did you think of that?”

*CAL…”I don’t understand why it’s so important to learn to draw like another artist and in another person’s style. If you are copying someone else’s style then your own unique style will never be found.”

Me…”Very true”

*CAL…”It’s good to learn from artists and use their techniques, but art is about finding your own style and personality. It’s not about being like someone else and copying them.”


This is part of a conversation I had with my daughter on the drive from her new school to fetching her brother after he finished his first day at University. What she said made my heart smile so big I had to pull over on the side of the road and write her words down.

What *CAL said reminded me of one of my favourite quotes.

β€œAll children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.”

~ Pablo Picasso

*CAL’s words also reminded me of this amazing Documentary

This TED documentary is so worth watching, it has some EXCELLENT points, is only 20 minutes long and is quite entertaining. There are also some wonderfully inspiring thoughts for ASD’s and those who are advocates for people on the spectrum.

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? (This is the link)



4 thoughts on “My quiet and gentle artistic rebel

  1. I have watched Ken Robinson TED presentations multiple times and I too agree with his points. The idea of education NOT being linear is wonderful, for ALL kids. When will we get past that antiquated concept??? Great post! πŸ™‚

  2. She is quite lovely isn’t she with her profound comments. She would have been in the Impressionists Movement had she been born earlier. Love how she see’s things. Love you xxxx oooohhh and ta for the Bob Marley

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