Finger Painting on the Big Screen

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Four-year-old Marla Olmstead from Binghamton, N.Y. has netted over $300,000 from her paintings. Mark and Laura Olmstead/Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Marla Olmstead

Four-year-old Marla Olmstead from Binghamton, N.Y. has netted over $300,000 from her paintings.

Mark and Laura Olmstead/Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics

Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum talks about her recent column, "Art as Child's Play," in which she examines the work of 4-year-old painting prodigy Marla Olmstead.

A new film, My Kid Could Paint That, documents Olmstead's work and technique. It also revives the question: What is art?

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