As an artist and a teacher creativity in my work and my teaching is a natural exercise. At least for me, but creativity is not always easy for most of my students and friends. Over the years I have spoken to countless people who say, I can’t draw a straight line, or the like.
It’s usually for two reasons. The first is they were never taught properly to draw or paint or be creative. The second, and more importantly, no one ever made it OK for them to be creative. Listen to any of Ken Robison’s speeches on creativity in education.
Creativity can be scary for most people, especially if you are being judged on it. The most important thing I tell my class is, to be creative, experiment and don’t be afraid of the results. You learn more from the things you do wrong than from the things you do right.
And its OK to “fail” at something over and over, till one second everything clicks and you get it. That’s the start of creative growth, not the finished product.
I tell them that for every nice piece of artwork that I put out into the world there are dozens of false starts, hundreds of failed attempts, and sometimes thousands of not so good results that went into the one really good one you see published or displayed.
Creativity needs a safe place to exist, to grow, especially in a kid’s life. Our students are so used to the rigors of testing and the classroom, so afraid to not conform, that most don’t have a clue on how to just doodle, or create and have it be OK, no matter the results
I call this, opening doors. Opening the creative door inside them.