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On the artists.

Have you ever looked at a piece of children's art and become amazed at their skill and poise with delicate lines and enormous technique? Beyond simple creativity, these child artists possess the ability to sculpt their ideas into masterpieces, sure to attract the attention of museum goers and art-gallery browsers many years in the future.

These are the children who have an underlying appreciation of art--the meaning of each stroke, the use of color, symbols and lines to create and express their wishes, and the ability to see past the obvious to the more subtle agenda of a piece of art. These children have this ability built into their personalities, their intelligences, and are dedicated to making the most out of art that they possibly can.

For this reason, ICAF celebrates these children as the artists of the next generation--those who are sure to have paragraphs in art history text books and paintings in the most famous museums. They each continue art for their own reasons, whether escaping hardships or simply as a form of expression. In any case, however, none of these children would have found their niche if it were not for the art educators and parents who began the child's appreciation and understanding of art.

The key to this is defining art for ourselves, and expressing our journey to others.

Without our own perspective of art, how are we to teach children to think outside the box, and see past what others have said is correct. We must first stress the importance of own thought and own creativity. Educators and parents should constantly ask students what art is, who determines a piece of art is a "masterpiece," why so many pieces, symbols, and patterns are reproduced, and to define the child's own style. There are no right answers to these questions--they only provide the gateway to new perspectives and enlarged creativity.

These questions can always be expanded beyond art to observe life, politics and religion. It is the power to look beyond and the power to create that will change our world. Internationally, children feature peace and happiness in their artwork. So let us challenge them to observe the world in the same way: to see the good in everything and everyone, leading the way to new outlooks on the world.

In this issue we highlight children around the world who have mastered the appreciation of art and show it through their own masterpieces. Through their passion, they inspire us to look at art and the world in new ways.
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Title Annotation:Perspective
Date:Jul 1, 2004
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