What’s Art for me?

This is my last ESOL’s assessment and my first video in English.
My view about Art, and my way to say goodbye.

Why I think it’s vital to encourage teaching Art in schools?
Two years ago, while I was doing a workshop about “comic strips” in a Primary School, I discovered that 12 years old children had a level in Art similar to 6 (years old). The reason of that, I think, is because they hadn´t enough time for studying Art in class.
A report by Warwick University said “since 2010, the number of arts teachers in schools had fallen by up to 11%”.
Pablo Picasso said “every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”
As for me, I would have liked to live my artistic self-discovery in the school. Nobody taught me how to draw, I learned by myself… working and practicing a lot.

What is art for me?
Art is not only knowing to draw or playing an instrument.
Art gives you an opportunity to see the world through different eyes.
I believe that arts are joined together… A piece of music, a film, a street art, even a person, can inspire you to made an original and creative thing.
Drawing is exposing yourself to others,
is stepping outside the comfort zone…
as you are doing when you speak English.
It’s to fail,
it’s to do right.
It’s to try, to learn, to enjoy.
As observer, art knowledge gives you skills to appreciate art pieces,
looking them with more attention,
soaking up music, finding more details…
As creator, art gives you resources to express yourself in different ways.
Art is a self-discovery path where sometimes you feel to have butterflies…
It’s a way to express an idea (draw1), a feeling (draw2), a message (draw3).
Sometimes, I release a frustration (draw4),
or I say a personal lesson (draw5).
Other times, Art is to lose fear of face you a white paper…
An excellent speaker, Ken Robinson, said
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong,
you’ll never come up with anything original”.
Drawing is to enjoy the moment. (video drawing)
It’s to laugh…

Finding my way

Everybody is talking about the Brexit. What is my opinion? How does that affect me? I need to go back, in my past, to answer.

Where are you from? you ask and answer this a lot of times during your life. For me, this question was more difficult than it sounds. Honestly, It left to be like that when I was 18 and I had a solid answer. Why was it hard for me? Because I didn’t feel from anywhere during many years in my life.

I didn’t feel from anywhere.

The reason of that… I was born in the Netherlands. My grandfather emigrated because the economical crisis in Spain in the 60s, so all my father’s family live there since then. My parents are Andalusian so when I was born, they decided to give me the Spanish nationality (you couldn’t have double nationality in this moment).

When I was 6, we returned to Spain. When the teachers asked me about my nationality, I had difficulties to answer that. A lot of people didn’t understand that I wasn’t Dutch even though I had lived  there all my years. It’s weird, when I’m talking happily with my friends, sometimes I have Andalusian accent! It’s crazy, isn’t? As my parents have this accent, my brain learn it somehow. I’ve visit Andalusian a few times and honestly, there is something that attracts me.

When I was a child, I remember that I loved the cloudy days and when It was rainning because I felt nostalgia. These type of days, It made me travel to the Netherlands, and sometimes, I could remember some memory of my childhood.

My father told me a lot of times that if you have been an emigrant, you always miss somewhere.  I’ve only lived a couple short months in London now, but I’m sure that I’ll miss this when I go away.

In the Spanish media, They’re talking very much about the Brexit: consequences, possible problems that it’ll happen in the future. I think that the Spanish Politicians aren’t the best professionals  to speak about this. Because they have approved many decisions which have forced a lot of Spaniards to emigrate. They aren’t the most qualified people to talk about international or national decisions, are they?

My country, which has made me leave it to get a better future, wants to talk about migration, really? And while, I’m living here I think how the Brexit could affect me. Sometimes I feel like a citizen of nowhere.

While all these things are happening, you have to walk your path. Finally, you have to think in your interests. As the European Goberments are doing… even though these interests are not the same as their citizens have.

translation in Spanish here

Change the rules

Newton, Darwin, Aristoteles…. History has been written by men because women didn’t have the opportunity to do it, I’m sure. We’ve started this race later. There were women that broke the rules and they showed it to the rest for generations. They got big progress, thanks to that we are closer to equality, but it isn’t real equality yet.

Always I’ve liked the difference between “concept” and “word”, “content” and the “container”. For the same concept, we can use different words, depends on sense, era or language. The words are more volatile (change easily), but the concept is immutable and it’s used timelessly. In the same sense, our “content” like person must be more important that the container, our body.

Doesn’t matter the color of our lips, the important is the message we can tell. What matters our silhouette(shape) or the length of our skirts? Sometimes I would like to be an “immaterial creature” that I only would be listened, valued, criticized for what I think… independently of my body or condition.

Our body is, and must be, less important. Our thinking, our values and our actions are the most important. These things really define ourselves. Our bodies will be food by maggots, whether you are man or woman, because we are the same thing: we are living beings, and the world must understand it.

One day like today, we can’t talk about real equality. In a job interview that I had, They asked me how old I was and what was my marital status (It wouldn’t happen If I was a man with same characteristics). Sometimes I’ve suffered prejudice because I am a woman.

We are very proud while we celebrate a day like today, international women’s day, because it deserves this appreciation. However we must to get it like a point for thinking about it and we work for change during the rest of the year.

It’s inevitable for me remember the path we have to walk to get a real equality. In Spain, women have better marks in the universities, but the better positions are for the men in the companies. Still there is a “glass ceiling” in the companies, and the women can’t move up.

There were 16 murders for “gender violence” in Spain this year. 886 since 2003. I don’t want to imagine the women that they’ve fear because their partners come at home in this moment.

We still have to be glad because we’ve found a “good man” that loves us and protects us… We feel lucky for a “luck” that must not be… It must be the normal!

We’ve been taught to be afraid of men, that “uncontrollable creatures”. Because of that we can’t walk through dark streets, run alone late at night.

Days like this, I feel inspiration about women such as Emmeline Pankhurst. She fought to give power of woman in the society. She got connected different women (with diverse social status), they were several activists to give a voice to women. Thanks to that, in 1928 the women had the right to vote. To vote meaning to have influence because you can change the government decisions. The first country to give all women the right to vote in public election is New Zeeland in 1893. In Spain, it was in 1931… less than a century ago.

Knowing stories like from Emmeline, inspires you and gives you hope. She believed in something that she hasn’t seen before. We have to fight to get, one day, a real equality… a world where the gender won’t decide your career.

How many times we couldn’t walk because they stopped our path?
Why not celebrate this day  the celebration for the freedom of women?

We can find a fairer world.