Kale Cohen, age 9, The Unknown Flower (2009.

Eryn Borland, age 9, Springtime, 2009

Through the Eyes of a Child

March 27, 2010 to May 2, 2010

Through the Eyes of a Child is an eagerly anticipated annual event that highlights the creations of the young people who attend fall and winter art classes at the WAG. The 800 or so young artists range from 5 to 17 years of age, and reflect a wide array of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. The work on display is tangible proof of the dynamic energy that flourishes in our Studio Programs and of the importance the Gallery places on the nurturing and appreciation of youthful creativity.

When we value and celebrate our children’s creativity, they learn that creativity is valuable. They also learn that their thoughts and feelings are worthy of expression. The children whose inherent artistry we nurture today grow to be the adults of tomorrow: the artists, patrons and individuals who appreciate the role of art and art education in our culture. Art education teaches students many things including resourcefulness, problem-solving, and the depth and richness of the human imagination.

Children’s art has a natural power and dignity, a fearlessness and honesty that is characteristic of the young mind. They have not yet learned to cloak their feelings or to censor their thoughts. It pours out, unedited, onto the paper or into the clay. There is a freshness and vitality that shines through children’s art and engages us in many ways. It is difficult to not be struck, charmed, and inspired by the exuberance and sincerity with which children perceive and describe the world they are coming to know. These are qualities that often fade as our minds and hearts become weighed down with adult concerns. In fact, many adult artists spend years struggling to regain the magical qualities that flow so freely in children’s art. Those of us who work with children on a regular basis are fortunate to catch many glimpses of what it is like to see through their eyes.

We recognize that the future lies in the minds, hearts, and hands of the young people who have formed the wonders that are currently on display.

Exhibition sponsored by Great-West Life. Supported by Winnipeg School Division, the Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Manitoba Government Employees Union.
 

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