Art as Meaning of Confidence: Bridging the Gap between Child Art and Adult Art

By Yuehchen Wang.

Published by The Arts Collection

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All children draw and paint with great enthusiasm. Ironically, most persons after childhood tend to feel a lack of confidence when asked to perform in fine art. Many adolescents look on their art work as childish and lacking in finesse. Something seems to happen between childhood and adulthood that makes many individuals in our society shy away from the visual arts. The author describes how enrollment in art class at the secondary level is low: adolescents’ expectations for making art and the attitude of society toward the arts. This study is an exploration of how to bridge the gap between child art and adult art. First, the art teacher should not look at their students’ work with the critical eyes of adults. Second, it is important to educate students how to appreciate and value different styles and types of art. Third, it is necessary to give positive comments and constructive criticism in students’ art work, thereby developing confidence in and acceptance of their own art expression. We know that the full benefits will come from the profound involvement in the making and perceiving of art; therefore, children need more support and guidance to build artistic creations and self- confidence. As art teachers trying to bridge the gap for their students, art will become a valuable and precious cultural capital for our new generation in their lives.

Keywords: Child Art, Adult Art, Visual Art, Confidence

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp.73-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 449.652KB).

Yuehchen Wang

University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA


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