I was reading Orbiting the Giant Hairball today by Gordon MacKenzie, a Creative Director at Hallmark. In it he relays the following story. After going around to elementary schools and talking with students about his art he would ask the students about all the beautiful pictures hanging around the school. He would ask them to raise their hand, who in the class is an artist?
When asked to the 1st grade class, they would all enthusiastically raise their hands, proud to be artists.
In 2nd grade, only about half the class would raise their hands, with less enthusiasm;
the 3rd graders maybe 10 out of 30 would raise their hands.
By the time asking a 6th grade class, maybe one or two would sheepishly raise their hands.