We are all “Preschool” artists.

I am frequently “Impulse driven.”

It was one of these impulses that prompted me to stop by the desk of the lovely and talented Sasha Kemble, Silver Lining Specialist, and simply ask, “Give me a subject, any subject.” I may never know what inspired her to reply “Preschool Art,” but in that moment and several more the following week, I somewhat regretted my impulsive way of finding something to blog about.

I like a good challenge. However, this one was definitely daunting. Strangely enough, it wasn’t due to the lack of things to say, but that I was overwhelmed with the vast amount of things I would have to write to do it justice at all. I get the feeling, or have been around enough to know, that anyone reading these blogs does not want or expect a lengthy philosophical dissertation on the art of pre-formal education and how it relates to finances and Verity Credit Union. That being said…I did come up with the following…

Experience can be an art and an education. A “Preschool” experience can also be the thing that prompts you to seek out a formal education. I have a formal education in Commercial Photography. That is not where I learned the art of composing a photograph. I do not have any formal education in math or finance, yet I have managed to make my living working within a financial institution. Are finances art? They can be.

Kimball Elementary School (Near our Beacon Hill branch) has a motto “Everyone is a learner every day.” I believe this is true. I also believe art is everywhere. It sometimes takes some practice to see, but there is beautiful art in the experience, “Art is the process not the product.”

Asking for assistance, can also be an art or an artist’s tool. Contacting Verity Credit Union is an outstanding beginning to any financial art project. Verity’s Member Solutions can also help when you hit a rough spot, need another specialized tool or just want a word of encouragement along the way.

I give you the challenge/opportunity to think for a moment, a week or whatever moves you. I would like you to ponder, “What is art?” How do you create, interact, change, mold, modify, and most importantly, how do you learn from the process before, during, after or without formal education?

We are all “Preschool” artists. Go – stick your hands in some tempera paints, mud and/or paste, etcetera. Make a spit wad and chewing gum project or something. Let us know how that feels and show us what you create. You may surprise yourself or inspire others. What you produce may even end up displayed proudly on a refrigerator somewhere.

Shannon Callahan

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3 Responses

  1. Sasha Kemble says:

    I love it. My financial art project is only just evolving from scribbles (and an abstract budget) and beginning to take its own form. Maybe it’s now 2nd grade artwork. One of these days, I’ll post it on my fridge.

    Great job with a tricky subject! 🙂 YOU are an artist in the face of a challenge (and a lovely and talented person as well, thank you!).

  2. Jen says:

    This was such a refreshing post to read. I love your take on this and how you relate preschool art to our financial lives. My check book register (yes I still have one) looks like preschool art sometimes!

  3. Alissa says:

    This was certainly an interesting blog to read. Being that art is a big part of my life I can’t help but agree with all your points. Part of art is the experience and learning on the way. Personally, I believe the outcome is beautiful no matter what. But you can tell more about the artist if you literally see the process in the work.

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