Free printable quotes on art and education

I am so happy to share a new print-out that features thought-provoking quotes from inspiring artists and educators.

The printable PDF resource includes five quotes, each beautifully laid out so all you have to do is print them out and stick them up!

I came across each of these quotes over the past 10 years while working in children’s art education. Each one was diligently scribbled down in my notebook and dog-eared for a later date. That time is today!

Here is some background of each quote:

‘The mind is like an umbrella. It is most useful when open.’ Walter Gropius

Walter Gropius was an architect who was most famous for his role as the director of the revolutionary art school, the Bauhaus. Born in Berlin, he migrated to Cambridge, Massachusetts to work at the Harvard School of Design following the outbreak of World War 2. He is regarded as one of the founders of Modernist architecture.

‘Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.’ Anni Albers

Anni Albers (1899–1994) was a German born-American printmaker, weaver and textile artist. Her work is celebrated for pioneering the coming together of traditional craft and fine art. Albers studied and taught at the Bauhaus with Walter Gropius before moving to the United States in the early 1930s. She then worked at the Black Mountain College in North Carolina and continued her career as a pioneering artist and educator.

‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up’ Pablo Picasso

Picasso does not need an introduction. His household name is immediately associated with Surrealist and Cubist art. Picasso was a prolific painter, sculptor, and printmaker whose works you can find in famous art museums all over the world.

‘All education is political; teaching is never a neutral act.’ Paulo Freire

Freire was a Brazilian educator and philosopher. He grew up in relatively poor conditions in rural Brazil which gave him direct insights into life as a low socio-economic worker. The above quote was taken from his most renowned book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

‘Children learning most readily and easily in a laboratory-type environment where they can experiment, enjoy and find out things for themselves.’ Simon Nicholson

Simon Nicholson (1934 – 1990) was an English painter and sculptor. He was also the son of two very famous British artists: Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. The above quote comes from his essay The Theory of Loose Parts.’


Then just print out the quotes you like and stick them up! Don’t forget to add the hashtag #artplaychildrenlearning if you share it on social media so I can cheer you on.

DesignWizard has also put together a similar post with ‘the best graphic design quotes of all time.’ You can check it out HERE.

Have a great week!!

Louisa x

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  1. Pamela
    September 2, 2020 / 12:10 am

    Hello Louisa! I am from Mexico.
    Thank you for sharing your experiences And art projects .
    We would like to learn from you! Amazing projects!

    • louisapenfoldblog
      September 2, 2020 / 2:39 pm

      I am glad you are enjoying the art project ideas Pamela!! Good luck with it all

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