Why do I call unschooling an art? Unschooling, like art is a practice; both require focus, dedication and commitment. Both engage creativity but also the willingness to take risks. To be an artist is to be prepared to meet the unexpected; to anticipate surprise. It also means that you have to be prepared to meet with failure; and you have to be ready to keep going an seeing it through, against the odds.
Being an artist is a state of being attentive. It is a position that engages patience and persistence. It involves having vision and dealing daily with the creative chaos that must be worked through in order to create a work of art; that out of the muddle, something half decent will emerge. In the end, it's the journey that matters-the process that makes it all worthwhile.
Unschooling is an art because like with art, it is a way of seeing the world differently. Creativity is the best thing I know that can bring us closer to freedom.
Of course some people are going to be more talented at the art of unschooling than others. By this, I mean some people come to unschooling with obvious ease while others have to struggle. But even a talented person must have passion, must have skill, must work, must have knowledge. In the end, it comes down to will. It's a question of sticking with it.
Our medium is the world around us. Like an art installation that takes pieces from the environment to bring together and create a work of art, so too does unschooling draw from the surroundings, building on resources around us, creating infrastructures in which to help our children thrive.