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A Colourful Early Learning Journey

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up” - Picasso It took me a while to ‘get it’ - the kids art that is.  As I said, my husband loved the kids art and was passionate about keeping it.  On top of that my mother-in-law was a kindergarten teacher and my sister-in-law a Director of a Melbourne Early Learning Centre.  Both my husband and his sister were brought up to appreciate their art – that it wasn’t just scribbles on paper – it was a significant part of their early childhood education. Ask a kinder teacher and they will tell you that a child’s art speaks volumes.  It tells them how...

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Art Hoarding vs the Minimalist

It started with my husband.  He is a hoarder.  I am a minimalist.  He loves art.  I love a clean house. A love of art + a love of hoarding = a domestic nightmare.  Art on the fridge – art on the walls – on the doors – on the bench.  It’s the same at every house.  I know because I heard one question asked again and again at kinder pick-up “What am I going to do with all this artwork? We have all done it.  The horrendous crime of throwing out the kids art.  We have all discarded that cotton-wool sheep picture and the paintings on the big butcher paper with the big brushstrokes that look nothing like the...

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