Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Let's get started.  Today I'd like to introduce you to some small projects that you can use to introduce your child or student to creativity.  Learning and creativity go hand in hand and should become lifelong endeavors.

The first thing you should do, as stated by "7 Ways to Foster Creativity in Your Kids" an article from Greater Good, The Science of a Meaningful Life, is to provide the resources your child needs for creative expression.

Let's examine this.  They don't need to be fancy or expensive, infact, it is suggested that it be time more than things.  Giving kids unencumbered time from rules and structure to just play.  This is so important as it has almost become impossible to let urban kids play outdoors and be kids.  Recently, I let my 1st graders become kings and queens by making hats and knighting them and that went into all sorts of play.  It was fun watching their imaginations come to life.  They began making swords, guarding their castles, making bow and arrows, shields and started chasing each other around the room (I had to stop that however) but they enjoyed themselves with good old-fashioned play.  The key is space and time and a few items that can start their imaginations running.

I always felt that toys from Toys R Us, or any toy manufacturer for that reason, limits real play because it's forcing them to play using someone else's ideas.  When kids are given their own simple items to play with, I believe it allows their imagination to run free.

This video will teach you how to create simple fun for kids.  You will be surprised how creative your child can become when his or her imagination is let loose.  We will visit the other 6 ways in subsequent blogs.

Thank you as usual for being a great sport.  And remember,

"Be always artistically focused and life beautiful"......smooches!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Creating Magic With Your Child

Assorted Crayons
Sometimes parents think it would take a lot of time or even become expensive to expose their child to art and culture.  This is simply not the case.  It is an easy process just to get started.  As they grow, it might become a little more costly but even that is subjective, depending on what you want to expose them to.

One easy project you can do with your child is to keep art materials like crayons, colored pencils, markers, paints and drawing paper around the house.  Let your child first explore what to do with them before offering any suggestions.  Give them paper to write or draw on so they are not tempted to write on the walls.  And if they do, make sure you have a specific wall covered with paper that they can freely write and draw on.  The more they are exposed to these materials, the more likely they are to become innovative with them either by drawing or using them in unusual ways.

Don't be afraid to let your children try something different.  It stifles creativity when we try to manipulate the outcome.  Children learn best by exploring.  Giving them freedom to make mistakes, to do it differently than what you would do or what is already done.

As they grow older, you might allow them to take more formal classes as you are helping them develop in that skill or talent.  At some point, they will become better, especially if they are passionate about it.  Formal education will help direct that process.  But in the meantime, let them be free to explore.  If you don't want to invest lots of money....use free or relatively inexpensive resources such as the Dollar Store, Pinterest and google to gain ideas as well as the free or reduced cost resources in your community.

The library, museums (on free days), events in the community, local travels are all great resources.  In fact, your tax dollars help pay for their use.  Why not take advantage of them?

When I was growing up, the best thing my mom did for me was to allow me to explore my passions and send us to the library weekly. She also introduced me to artistic/cultural events like theater, music summer camp and dance.  This allowed my creativity to flow and flourish while my interests turned into passions.  She also bought me lots of educational toys, books and music.  

Exposing your child to history, culture, art and beauty will help them see a world full of possibilities instead of hopelessness even if they never become "artists."  Their future is at stake and it's in your hands.  Use the links below to help you get started on this exciting opportunity to help your child develop the creative genius he or she already is. 

Art Education Ideas
Free Museum Days Calendar

Until next time, "Be Always Life Beautiful and Artistically Focused".