Why Art Is So Valuable for Young People

How art is so valuable for people

She is 17 years old and her paintings are priced between $3,000 and $5,000.

She attends Coronado High School and is a member of both the CoSa Program and The Art Kids of San Diego County. She started painting at nine years old, selling them at eleven and now at 17 years old they are worth 3 to 5 thousand dollars.

17 year old Vanessa Schnurer, is getting better with each painting she does. Her ability to paint is incredible for a young artist. The technique and maturity of her work is at an art major level with a master's degree in fine arts. She started painting when she was nine through The Art Kids of San Diego County. The program was in Imperial Beach and now holds classes in Chula Vista. Seems as though the City of Imperial Beach didn't think art was important enough for the kids, so they moved to Chula Vista where they are warmly welcomed by the community. 

The program has prepared 8 students for professional positions in art. Some going on to college or a university to make a further study of art. Vanessa is getting ready for college and studying as an art major. Art provides confidence for young people and gives them hope for a good future. Lives have been changed through the arts as it provides activities that give confidence to their young minds.

The Art Kids opened the doors for those with some learning disabilities and art has allowed them a leveling ground for their social lives. It allows them to express themselves in others ways that they did not have access to. It gives these young people a chance to be show they are equal and accepted by those who do not have handicaps. Art provides a platform in which their talents can make them stronger inside and thus conquer their fears of being different.

Each time a person who is young or old, picks up a brush, pencil or clay they are actively changing themselves and the world around them. We no longer look at them as handicapped but instead we look at them as artists. So someone like Vanessa who is extremely talented and has always been accepting of others can show a real compassion towards her fellow artist as she builds a better community for all to enjoy.

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Libi Uremovic January 05, 2013 at 12:59 PM
'...City of Imperial Beach didn't think art was important enough for the kids...' ib will go down in history as the child neglect capital of the country...
Mark January 05, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Howard-as a child I did the art using watercolors another things like everybody else. As I grew up into a teenager auto shop, woodshop, welding, and other technical classes were the ones I really learned and appreciated. Speaking on my own I can say that I earned a nice living because of taking shop classes. This led me to an engineering degree. It also gave me the basic skills to do most of my own car repairs, which saved me a lot of money over the years. I do my own brake jobs, oil changes, and much more major work than that. It also gave me the confidence to build a house, and do many other things that one would never dream of. This all came from junior high school high school shop classes. My comments are just say that art classes for children are not the only avenue of helping a child expand their mind. I don't have an objection to art classes for children. At the same time I would like to see dollar for dollar diapered by matching of technical classes for children as we would spend on art or sports. And I would go as far as saying that band, which was not my thing, should also have equal funding. And believe it or not I would add in sewing and cooking classes too. I think the funding for these classes all got cut when we decided that every child will go to college. The liberal school administrators decided to defund classes and they did not like. Today I would defund a lot of things at schools and bring back any of the technical classes or the art classes. Thanks
Libi Uremovic January 05, 2013 at 04:19 PM
i agree mark...teaching high school kids basic skills to support themselves when they are adults is an investment that pays for itself many times over... it is an oddity that boomers were the generation with the greatest ability to push up the next generation...and we've done just the opposite....


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