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‘It took me four years to paint like Raphael and a lifetime to paint like a child.’
Picasso’s quote tells us something about the importance of thinking like a child. But are
children allowed to think?
I want to be an educator who challenges the fixed way of teaching that makes the teacher
mould the child into what he or she wants. The Brazilian educator, Paulo Friere calls this a
‘banking pedagogy.’ Freire (1970). I see this as the teacher telling the child what to think and
how to act. Whereas, as an arts educator, I want to create the possibility that each and every
child can speak for themselves through the art they make. This is the most important part of
my arts educational practice.
There is a need to make changes in the arts education system: a system that limits the
artistic experience of children. I think that there is an artist inside every human being – be
that child or an adult. This is what artist educator Joseph Beuys talks about when he says
everyone is an artist.’ Tisdale (1979)
"I do not search, I find"