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Dec 5, 2012

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Top 10 Inspiring Quotes for the Art Room

I love using quotes.  There is just something about them, the way they are written, the strength of few words so succinctly combined.  Quotes make the reader think, not only about the words, but about the source.  They are simple phrases that pack a punch!  I love to include them under the signature of my email, scrawled across the board, or branded to the bottom of my parent communications.

This week I thought I would include a list of my Top 10 Inspiring Quotes for the Art Room:

1. “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

2. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

3. “Creativity takes courage.”  – Henri Matisse

4. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

5. “Art is what you can get away with.” – Andy Warhol

6.  “I paint self-portraits because I am the person I know best.” -Frida Kahlo

7. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Ghandi

8. “Be yourself, because those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.” – Dr. Suess

9. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs

10. “A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” – Michelangelo

 

I know this is only the tip of the iceberg, so please share:

What quotes do you use to inspire students and how do you implement them into your classroom?

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  • Ronda Sternhagen

    “Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.” ~ Henry Miller

    Found this on a sign on a wall at Barnes & Noble in Rochester, MN, a few years ago. In my opinion, it says it all…

    • http://www.theartofed.com/ Heather Crockett

      Ohh…I like that one a lot!  

  • Jorena

    My favorites:
    “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas”Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

  • Tracymathys

    I have a sign hanging behind my desk that say “I put my heart and soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” Vincent VanGogh. I like to think it explains why my student always call me the crazy art lady. 

    • http://www.theartofed.com/ Jessica Balsley

      That is a good one! Made me chuckle!

  • http://www.theartofed.com/ Jessica Balsley

    I like this one because it shows the things we teach in the art room can really transcend to student’s lives. We teach students to SEE differently in our art rooms.
    “When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.” - Steve Jobs

  • John

    “Everyone said to Vincent van Gogh, “You can’t be a great painter, you only  have one ear.” And you know what he said? ” I can’t hear you”
    ~Steve Carell

    • http://www.theartofed.com/ Heather Crockett

       Awesome!  Thanks for the laugh! :)

  • Mstaats

    I found a tiny sign years ago that says”Art exists to enrich the soul.” I believe!

  • Lauren Wenk

    Here’s two that I like: 

    “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time” 
    - Thomas Merton

    “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? 
    -Vincent Van Gogh

  • Aaugust

    The “earth” without “art” is just “eh”.

  • @rtlady

    Excellence is based on the ability to be better than good enough…….