Magazine article Montessori Life

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Magazine article Montessori Life

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder

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What is "art"? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it is "the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects." There are the "traditional" forms of art, such as painting, sculpting, and drawing, and, as technology advances, we are seeing amazing things being developed in the areas of multimedia art, robotic art, and cyber art. As a parent, I have received hundreds of "masterpieces" from my children, upon which I gaze admiringly, with words of awe and praise, even as I struggle to determine if I am even holding them right-side up.

And what is the statute of limitations for keeping these works of art? Is it until they cover every inch of the refrigerator door? Or when you use up all the alphabet magnets to hold them in place? And how do you select the ones to keep for all eternity? Do you ask your child to select the ones she or he likes the most, or are they the ones you think are the "nicest" or "most realistic"? If there is anyone who has the answers to these questions, I would like to hear from you! …

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