All children are talented and all children are artists. I agree with this totally. No adult would ever think of telling a child that they were rubbish at drawing, however as people get older this is something that we say about ourselves without even thinking. During my A levels I did a project about teaching myself to draw, I believe that anyone can draw and it is simply something you have to cultivate - in the same way we practice maths. Often people say things like 'I would love to do art, but I'm no good.' I don't think that's true, I just think they have never been encouraged to do explore without worrying what it looks like.
My Dad, the artist Simon Ripley does a lot of art workshops with elderly people with Dementia and has commented on how they have lost their inhabitions and are free to make the art they want without worrying about whether it is 'good'. Small children are like that and it is something I am learning again as I become and artist.
I feel very lucky that I have been encouraged to explore art and never told that it isn't worth trying at. Last year during my foundation I felt like everyone would benefit from a year spent doing something that is pure creativity. This year doing Interactive arts I am very happy to be doing something that is about trying things out and experimenting without worrying whether things are 'good' or even 'successful'.
I don't want my body to be merely transport for my head.
I hope the education system can change to allow for creativity.