How to Teach Art to Kids, According to Mark Rothko

Lesson #1: Show your students that art is a universal form of expression, as elemental as speaking or singing

Lesson #2: Beware of suppressing a child’s creativity with academic training

Lesson #3: Stage exhibitions of your students’ works to encourage their self-confidence

Lesson #4: Introduce art history with modern art (not the Old Masters)

Lesson #5: Work to cultivate creative thinkers, not professional artists