On the subject of KidArt

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I have noticed that several of you have come to this site looking for Paleolithic Cave Drawings because of a previous post, Paleolithic Cave Drawings – Ancient Kid Art?

Doing a Google search I see that finding pictures of Cave Drawings is not such an easy task… but I did find a really great site out of France that I think you and your kids will enjoy.

The Cave of Lascaux site is interactive, intriguing, educational and beautiful to look at, so make sure to check it out!

If you let me know why you are looking for pictures of cave art, I will be happy to post more info when I find it.

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As you know I am crazy about all things, KidArt… But when you combine wonderful Kid’s Art with a great fundraising initiative that benefits kids, you have a winning combination!
 
Take the Eugene Active 20-30 Club for example. They are a group of young professionals (hence the 20-30) who have been dedicated to serving the needs of children since 1927.
 
I love what it says on their website: "A person never stands so tall, As when kneeling to help a child."
 
They volunteer and fund-raise for wonderful groups such as Big Brothers and Sisters, Junior Achievement, the Children’s Miracle Network, the YMCA and tons more!
 
Right now they have some funky items for sale based on artwork designed by the kids and volunteers they work with.
 
I am especially fond of the "Love on Earth" artwork. The colors are fantastic! The design is fresh and I can see the faint outlines of trees in the heart. Reminding me of our need to love the earth on which we live.
 
If you are interested in supporting kids through kid’s art, check out the Eugene Active 20-30 site at www.eugene2030.org
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It is always interesting to hear people’s interpretations on a piece of artwork, especially a child’s!

I have just read a blog post from an artist who posted a painting from his early childhood so his readers could comment on whether or not a child’s art is truly art, and their interpretations of it.

What I loved about his post was his recognition of the extremely short career of the ‘child artist’. For a child grows up, and whether their skills develop or not, the simple mind of the child changes, and therefor so does the art.

I think it is very interesting to hear interpretations of kids art coming from adults. If you go to that blog post and read the comments from his readers (including a comment or two from me), you will see what I mean.

Adults like to complicate things….. make more out of them than what they really are.

(I have never been very good at that. If you were to eavesdrop on me in a gallery, you would hear me say things like, "Wow, that is gorgeous!", "I wonder how they did that technique?", or "I just don’t get that!") 🙂

From my experience, children are simple…. wise sometimes…. but simple.

They are what they are, and you can see it in their artwork.

They don’t ‘wax eloquent’ about their work, or try to make a greater meaning out of it. It just is.

Beautiful and simple….. Just like a child!

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Are the ancient scratchings and paintings found in more than two hundred caves scattered through southwestern France and northeastern Spain, sophisticated renderings done by ‘cave man’ artists?… or are they the playful ‘doodling and graffiti’ of Paleolithic teenagers?

I absolutely love the idea that "kids will be kids" whether they are from the ‘Paleolithic Times’ or this ‘New Millennium’, especially when it comes to their art!

Reading through this interesting article called "Secrets of the Cave Paintings" By William H. McNeill, I was delighted to read R. Dale Guthrie’s insights on the art found on the walls of several caves inhabited by Paleolithic Cave Man.

"It was, he supposes [the depiction of animal forms on rock surfaces ], —something an adolescent boy or mature man would do casually in spare time, using both sharpened stones to carve the outlines and various mineral and vegetable colors to make the animal images accurate.

Not specialized artists but quite ordinary males, Guthrie believes, were the cave artists and they decorated the walls for fun, not for any religious or other ulterior purpose."

"…youngsters were responsible for much more of preserved Paleolithic art than scholars have assumed…. I am not concluding…that all Paleolithic art is children’s art, only that works by young people constitute both a disproportionate and largely unrecognized fraction of preserved Paleolithic art."

The thought of a group of cave kids ‘just hanging out’ scratching some stuff on the walls, (mostly gory hunting pictures and human private parts)  reaffirmed my suspicions that kids are pretty much the same creatures no matter what time and place they are from.