My FAVORITE part of "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams takes place as a conversation in the wee-quite hours of the night between The Skin Horse and the Velveteen Rabbit.
The wise old horse talks about how one becomes 'REAL'... it is in the 'something-that-happens-to-you' over a long, long time that i often think about... Becomming REAL (as told from the Skin Horse) comes to one through being loved, REALLY loved. By the time you've become REAL, "...all your hair has been loved off and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby..." (so awesome!).
Love. The most powerful artsy-magic there is... to allow our kids to feel love - and really accepted - for who they are, isn't that what we are all striving to guide them towards (and have for ourselves)?
Allowing oneself the opportunity to accept love is one of the more vulnerable things we can attempt to expose ourselves to. Our kids deserve to be given that opportunity to feel love in a safe and secure environment . I belive art and mark-making can kick-start something inside all of us and exposes us to find love for and within ourselves. Art-making allows kids a chance to accept and build Self-esteem and belief... to BE. What a gift to see authentic creativity strengthened & then flow.
Some kids dive in making art, some take a while to hear their own voice as they are mark-making and some don't know how to just BE. Perhaps this is what the journey is all about?
Studio Shu was created to provide an oportunity for those who want to find their own voice in art-mark-making, be accepted, and become REAL. Authentic. Loved.