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1. Our own creativity is developed when we are children. Our basic attitudes about art are also shaped during childhood. Artistic efforts are among our most personal actions. As a result, children tend to be particularly at risk to disinterest, demeaning comparisons, and disparaging remarks about such efforts. To ignore or belittle creative expression is like saying your expression is not worthwhile; therefore, you are not worthwhile. Natural creative drives should not be blocked. They can become the sources of antisocial behavior.
2. Art-making processes provide the means to give constructive form to our own insights and experiences. Expressing their innermost concerns, attitudes, beliefs, feelings, and thoughts is natural for people of all ages. To deny children the development of these aspects of their natures is to deny them answers to the basic questions of life. It lessens their humanity. And it puts their futures at risk.