It Just Doesn’t All Go Together, Does It?


Brett Cooke writes in Biopoetics, “The very universality of the arts, surely not a pure accident, by itself argues strongly for the opposite position – namely, that the arts perform some sort of vital role in determining our evolutionary fate.”

I find that disconcerting when earlier Cooke wrote, “Indeed, our findings should be taken to suggest that the arts be restored to their former prominence. both in the classroom and in our wider social discourse. With ease and pleasure they train us in a variety of valuable cognitive skills……

I believe in the above with caution. My caution goes to my fear of arts and crafts. I often try to be humorous with this statement, but right now I am serious. I can’t be alone in experiencing some arts as scary.

At the time of being taught some of them I felt inadequate, or worse,inept. I have always loved writing, but drawing made me nervous. Bring out glue, paste and colored paper and I tried to flee. I loved the smell of crayons, but then what?

It it possible to teach the arts in a prominent way that allows choice?  It doesn’t just all go together, does it?  Not for me.

4 thoughts on “It Just Doesn’t All Go Together, Does It?

  1. marthaschaefer April 30, 2014 / 10:46 am

    I’ve always written, I can’t remember a time I didn’t try to capture a thought. But put a brush, or charcoal or pencil in my hand and I break out in hives. I can’t draw stick figures and always felt humbled by it…

    • fictionfitz April 30, 2014 / 8:50 pm

      I wished I could have gotten to humbled, I got caught up in humiliation. An ego thing I believe.

  2. New Hampshire Garden Solutions April 30, 2014 / 7:11 pm

    I always loved art class and still draw occasionally to this day. Color blindness put an end to any thoughts of being a painter. Crafts of the YMCA camp type I was never really thrilled with.
    I don’t think schools can expect everyone to be artistic, so I wonder if the grades in art class are given more for effort than actual results.

    • fictionfitz April 30, 2014 / 8:49 pm

      Maybe so, but when I don’t engage my efforts are near zero. Good thoughts just the same.

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