Lauren Greenfield shows the value of an art education

In a new film, the photographer, director and Phaidon author makes a compelling case for encouraging art in schools
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A still from Lauren's new film
A still from Lauren's new film

When amateur art critics say of a work “my kid could have done that”, they may actually be paying the artist a compliment.

The photographer, filmmaker and Phaidon author Lauren Greenfield challenged a number of adults and children to draw a picture; some had taken art classes, while others had not – and it showed.

 

A still from Lauren's new film
A still from Lauren's new film

However, Greenfield’s film also highlights the benefits an art education can confer that lie beyond the drawing board. For example, students who participate in art are apparently four times more likely to be recognised for their academic achievement.

 

A still from Lauren's new film
A still from Lauren's new film

Despite this, over 80% of US schools face cuts, and art is often the first thing to go. LIFEWTR – the bottled water company that funded the film-  is helping to counter this by helping one million students with their art education, via supplies and partnerships.

 

 

It’s a laudable initiative, which Lauren’s short film really brings to life. You can watch it above; you can see more of Lauren’s work in her book Generation Wealth; and for more artsy, pedagogical advice, get Akademie X.


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