Children's Art is visual storytelling. As young children, we are visually literate well before we can read, so images are the first storytellers we encounter. In a picture book, each turn of the page is a change of scene, and a story is told without a single word in print. Indeed, before the alphabet even comes into play, pictures are the first language we learn.
A frequent companion to Children's Literature, Children's Art makes the narrative that much more compelling and engaging. Connecting the description of something to its picture plays an important role in early child development. Children's Art delights and inspires, but it also teaches and instructs. In that way, it is a critical component in the foundation of our education.
Classic picture books have been handed down through generations, the stories and powerful visual imagery in them becoming part of our collective consciousness. They can provide a familiar and welcoming introduction to art and museums for very young children and encourage a multi-generational museum experience.
Art is a conversation between the artist and the viewer, and Children's Art includes the youngest among us in that discussion. While Children's Art ignites young imaginations, informs young minds and shapes young characters, children answer that artwork with fresh, truly unadulterated appreciation. Theirs is a unique communion. As Alice from Lewis Carroll's timeless classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland muses, "and what is the use of a book…without pictures or conversation?"