Are Great Painting Artists Born or Are They Made?

Okay so, perhaps like you, I’ve read about creative geniuses and creativity. There’s a big difference between IQ and creativity, although it is possible to have high scores in both. It appears that our very best painters in human history have scored high in both categories, which brings me to another question; do you believe that great artists and painters are made, or are they just born that way? Indeed, maybe we should talk about this for a moment.
You see, recently, I noted an advertisement for Aaron Brothers, an art and craft supply retailing chain. Over the three-day weekend they were having huge sales. One item really struck my fancy, it was a “Grow With Me Easel and Table,” with workbench for kids. Normally selling for $199.00 for the set, quite nice actually, but then in this ad it was for sale 50% off in the Aaron Brothers “Kid’s Art District” area of their store.
In other words, if you wanted your child to grow up to be a great painting artist you might buy them an easel to start painting and drawing when they’re very young. Isn’t that what Tiger Woods dad did? He bought him a set of golf clubs. It turns out that Burt Rutan the famous aircraft designer started out building model airplanes in his youth, graduating to real airplanes that people could fly around in and now aircraft that leave the atmosphere.
If great painting artists are born, then buying paint brushes, paint, and easel for a young child probably won’t make any difference. But if that child through nurture watches their parent painting on a larger easel, while they practice on a smaller one the chances are pretty good that they will become a darn good painter by the time they grow up into their teens. Even if they don’t become the best in the world, or a painting great whose household name we are to memorize in school. A children’s easel, that would be a pretty good start.
Of course, perhaps it is nature and nurture. And if a parent is a good painter, there is a good chance that child picked up some of those creative genes. If they exercise them, then they could also become a great painter, and if they don’t, chances are they won’t. Nevertheless, if you have a young child and you are a good painter, then you want to find out for yourself? It seems like a good idea to me, and it will certainly help their dexterity skills and the formation and formatting of their young creative brain. Please consider all this and think on it.

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