arts educationCrayon Collection is partnering with artist volunteers who work with children to provide a curriculum of art education using reallocated crayons. The artist rotates every few months, giving children access to a wide variety of art expression.
The curriculum will take crayons to another level beyond just coloring. Renowned artists Kenny Scharf and Annie Lapin are just two of the the first artists to support Crayon Collection's Art in Education objective. They will design and implement interesting projects using these gently used crayons. This artistic mentoring process will add a deeper level of art education using a resource (crayon) that otherwise would have been trash.
An Art Therapist shared that art classes teach children so much more than just art. These classes teach them to respect others, start dialogues, experiment with materials, observe, find their voice, self-evaluate, make connections, express themselves, learn from their mistakes, clean up, reflect on their work, embrace diversity, persevere, have an opinion, appreciate beauty, break away from stereotypes, envision solutions, value aesthetics, see another point of view, develop fine motor skills and innovate. With crayon supplies and artist mentors, thousands of American children will have the opportunity to be exposed to these greater benefits from art expression.
Watch as Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.