by Megan King
Last week at Saint John the Baptist Elementary School, students, such as fifth graders Hannah Bradshaw, Genesis Carrillo, Isabella Orellana, and Gage Ongman, wrote about kaleidoscopes. In which they explored their vocabulary and creativity through words and colors. While some students played it safe by writing specifically what they saw, others, such as the four mentioned prior, went out on a limb to create something more.
While what we see may not be a masterpiece, or a work ready to be published, that doesn’t mean it’s not GOOD. To these kids, it’s great. They take pride in what they can achieve, whether or not it’s just something we deem unworthy of attention. When you’re a kid, you don’t typically see your works as failures, but rather, accomplishments, and improvements.
As we grow older, we begin to realize that our work may be subpar. It is what leads us to think that our artwork and our writing are below the “standards.” This, while sometimes creating a challenge for a few, deters most of us from following our initial interests. We forget that art is art, writing is writing, and it comes in all forms.
These kids show us that the arts don’t have to “flow”, or have clear imagery, to be good. Of course,“good” is not the way we would normally define it, but in the respect that we were all at their level once. We all had the mindset of a ten year old, and sometimes it’s good to revive that mindset, to open a new door for creativity. Because, sure you can judge their works now, but you never know, one of them might just be the next Maya Angelou.