"The artist is accustomed to working in the open spaces of creativity, ambiguity, uncertainty, opinion, and personal story. Woven into this relationship with the discipline is a sense of play. Play may be a key to understanding how people learn and how artistry and scientific thinking are linked. [...] The playfulness of artistry can be absorbing, exuberant, intense, and transcendent. It can provide temporary perfection and sanctuary of mind that is a refuge from the mundane banalities of ordinary existence. Playing often involves rules, but it also includes freedom, imagination, risk unanticipated outcomes, and the possibility for participants to become deeply immersed in the activity."
From Mark A. Graham's article "How the Teaching Artist Can Change the Dynamics of Teaching and Learning." Teaching Artist Journal 7.2 (2009): 89.