Early in our Summer ArtBreak sessions we noticed children working with great concentration and care on faces. In this creative expression they are engaging in what Judith Rubin (author of Child Art Therapy) calls the integration of freedom (spontaneity and contemplative action) with the complexity of order and discipline required to select and use art materials. I love her instructions:
What seems most critical is the recognition that in creative expression there can be no true order without some experience of genuine freedom, and that the provider of art for children must make possible a productive and integrated relationship between the two.
Enjoy this little gallery of children’s portraits!