Naturally I replied to this person, expressing that it is a great place to show a child where he or she CAN draw. Frames are great boundaries for such a setting. My challenger didn't seem to agree. There was a written exchange back and forth, and our online conversation got me thinking about the myth of drawing space. It really doesn't matter where you set up supplies for art to take place, what matters is that you show them where the physical boundaries are. What matters is that there is something available for them to use.
What is it about walls that scare some people? Is it the boundaries they portray, or the fact that they can be hard to clean?
What matters is that we acknowledge that children DO make mistakes when they accidentally get crayon where it shouldn't be, and children DO test our boundaries when they try a new surface to see how far they can go. But I believe there are no artistic boundaries, and if we teach children what the physical boundaries are (when and where it is OK to draw), then WHERE EVER you lay that piece of paper SHOULDN'T matter!
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