Capable Minds: Through the Eyes of an Art Teacher

Capable Minds: Through the Eyes of an Art Teacher

“We call a child’s mind ‘small’ simply by habit; perhaps it is larger than ours is, for it can take in almost anything without effort.” -Christopher Morley

There is no question that a child’s mind is like a fresh, clean slate. A child’s mind is yet to be chalked up and clouded with fear and doubt and rarely do they question what they are capable of. Rather, they seem to dive head first into new activities without second thought and with confidence to take on whatever it may be.

As we grow, we tend to harvest different fears and doubts and often we use them to talk ourselves out of trying something new, picking up a new hobby or chasing a dream.

Children’s Art Classes, Belmar, NJ

The young mind however, doesn’t fear failure nor does it dwell on a mistake for long. Children are more interested in moving on to the next big thing. Their minds are pure and free of perceived limitations. I mean let’s face it, children compared to adults, are much less critical of themselves.

And it’s this idea—that children are capable of so much more than meets the eye—that has led artist Kara Armellino to dedicate nearly 10 years to teaching art—a subject that opens the mind and inspires.

Art is important, for children in particular, because not only is it a way for children to be creative, but it teaches them problem solving skills and coping skills for when something isn’t turning out the way they want, and it provides them with the ability to give and take constructive criticism,” Miss Kara explains.

Through art, Miss Kara found a way to use her passion to teach children just how much they are capable of.

Her success is also very much attributable to her genuine nature and ability to teach children as young as five years old how to produce wondrous works of art by seeing beyond what is right in front of them.

Children, despite how all over the place they may seem, are quite focused beings and under the right circumstances, they grow fully engaged in whatever it is that has their attention for the time being. And it’s clear that their minds are truly like sponges.


Much of art has to do with seeing beyond what we know something to look like. It’s being able to see the many shapes within an object and observing things from different perspectives.

As she gets to know each of her students, Miss Kara works to break down their little comfort zones, figures out their quirks and works in harmony with the brilliance of these young minds.

Miss Kara also explains that it’s important to teach young children that constructive criticism is simply a way of looking at something in a different light and that it should be taken lightly because we all make mistakes and mistakes can be turned into something beautiful.

It’s these tiny yet profound life lessons that are often forgotten in school and lost to the absence of creative play.

Art may not be every child’s niche, maybe it’s a musical instrument, acting, singing or a new language. Whatever it may be, allow it to be creative. Allow play to be a channel in which children can overcome challenges that will teach them about themselves, about their strengths and their boundless potential.

At Sea Zen Gallery, located in Belmar, NJ, Miss Kara will be providing students with the basic technical skills and knowledge to give them a solid foundation in fine art. From there, she looks forward to seeing how they apply these skills and incorporate them into their own style and work.

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