Recently, I have the privilege of talking with very young learners about art.
Initially, I was really excited about sharing with them all the wonderful things I have learned about the artwork but on reflecting, it is when they are invited to share their thoughts and we engage in a conversation that the experience is so much more precious.
With art, not exactly having precise right and wrong answers, it opens up the arena for discovery and interaction, co-creating knowledge together. Even the very young ones can do it.
They do need to be given enough time, experience and support.
In one group, a softspoken girl wanted to speak and then changed her mind. Later when I spoke to her individually, I could tell how the pieces of art has sparked deep thoughts in her. With another group, when talking about tribal masks, one child linked it to Power Rangers and we could better understanding the power of a scray and intimidating design. Yet another, while looking at an installation which had a person with a kitchen knife in his face an we were wondering what that meant, one child suggested that it was the way to freeze the entire group of people in this installation. What a clever idea!
Looking forward to more of such richly engaging conversations arising from looking at art.