Little Artists in Europe

The Louvre; The National Gallery; The British Museum. Renaissance; Baroque; Impressionism. Michelangelo; Rembrandt; Monet. During my travels, I usually go to the large art museums to see paintings, sculptures and other art forms that have survived over the centuries. My experiences in these museums have included the infamous artists and major art movements that have shaped the history of art. Over the years, I have really come to appreciate the various art forms, artists, and art movements.

But somehow in my travels, I happen to stumble upon art that is not made by the infamous artists, nor the typical art found in the in large art museums, nor part of a major art movement, and not the art that has survived over the centuries. I have come across this other art form in places such as churches, mosques, and even palaces. But, like the infamous art, I have come to really appreciate these artists, their art forms, and this “art movement” as well.

The “art movement” that I am referring to is art that has been created by children. Everyday children of the cities that I am visiting. Children who are in school, perhaps on a field trip, and then are perhaps given an assignment to draw or to color or to paint or to somehow form their impressions of their experiences in the churches, mosques, or palaces. I actually consider this to be the most special art that I have come across during my travels, as it warms my heart to see these little artists participating in the creation of art, using their imaginations and their talent.

I would like to share with you some photos that I have taken of the children’s art. What is unfortunate is that while I have recorded the location of where I saw the art, I did not write down the names of the children, nor their ages, or even the name of the school that the children may have been on a field trip from. But, nonetheless I hope you enjoy the art from these little artists…

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The first photo is of colorful stained glass windows done by children coloring inside the pre-drawn outlines of a window. These were displayed in the Oleviste Church in Tallinn, Estonia. The second photo, also from Tallinn, Estonia, is children’s drawings of princesses and the palace grounds of Kadriorg Palace.

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The third photo was taken in the Church of the Assumption in Vilnius, Lithuania, showing children’s pictures of monks. And the final photo shows a mosaic of the Hagia Sophia Museum (formerly mosque), where it was displayed, in Istanbul, Turkey. This mosaic was probably done by a teenager.

And who knows, maybe someday some of these little artists will become an infamous artist of a major art movement, and have their art displayed in places such as The Louvre.

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