Do you have a budding Rembrandt, a Van Gogh, or even a Picasso in your family? On this edition of Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Farris and Makoto Fujimura talk about how parents can encourage students to develop their creative skill.
For the budding artist, fear of failure may prevent them from developing their talent. What advice do you have for a young artist and their parents as they consider whether to pursue a career in art?
First of all, a lot of us begin as artists. If you ask a kindergarten class, “How many of you are artists?” most hands will go up, and what happens is that those who are called to be an artist, they get into this specialized track and they lose sight of the whole. And so what I encourage young, budding artists to do is to experience life, to read a lot. Travel and find their voice; we have a profoundly important role to play for our own communities. So don’t lose touch of your own community; spend a lot of time studying its history; and it basically comes down to your love, love for people, your neighbors, love for God Who made us creative, Who is an artist Himself. And I always explore young ones to explore, and take a lot of different classes, not just in art, because art itself is changing and it is multi-faceted. And with the technology that we have, it’s going to require a lot of synthesis.
Makoto, thank you so much for giving us inspiring work, and I fully agree with you: God is the greatest artist of all. I’m Mike Farris.