Wait-- let me clarify.
Having two older sisters, both with great artistic abilities, have made our son feel-- less gifted in the art department.
I'm not saying that only drawing/painting is art. But, as children, I think drawing and painting are two of the earliest exposures to expressive art.
It wasn't until I listened to a talk by Andrew Pudewa, "Teaching Boys and Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day," which was about gender differences and learning, that I realized a startling and very true fact.
Young girls, primarily, draw nouns.
They draw houses, flowers, rainbows, horses, horses, and more horses. :)
Young boys, primarily, draw verbs.
They draw things exploding, flaming, flying, diving, driving.
It is way more difficult to draw a verb than it is to draw a noun.
Now I understand why my son can never simply show me his picture.
He has to tell me about all the action that is going on.
There is a grand battle of epic proportions being depicted (in his one color of choice) and there is just no way for him to show all that he has imagined.
So mommy (or perhaps) a teacher says, "That's great... what is it?"
And our sons believe that they can't draw because no one can recognize the thermal, fireball of death bursting from the Uzi.
They believe that only "good" art is recognizable, static, shapes like a house, sun, moon, and standing-very-still pony.
How liberating to our sons to be told, "You are a great artist! You... you draw--