Creativity

 

 

Hello again, we met last time. My name is Vivi and I’m an artist. The kind hedgehog has told me a few things about creativity and I decided to share the knowledge with you.

 

I found out that art is meant to convey emotions to the observer, such as beauty, awe, and even sadness. Some drawings achieve feelings quickly, while others depend on sophisticated thought and knowledge about the art practice, experiences.

           

Creativity is not about doing something better than others, it is about exploring, discovering and imagining. I discovered that I love to paint, and under the strict supervision of the wise owl, I discovered that I really love to mix colors and I’m actually marvelous at it. I’m also pretty good at stirring herbs to make pigments. You must see the forest when it’s windy and the pigments are ready to use. The kind hedgehog also tells me that anybody can be creative if they want to.

 

Creativity is not only found in painting and singing, but also in science. Let me tell you how my friends from the forest help me to be creative. I am always encouraged to try new things, especially the unusual fox, and to grow my creativity into other areas. They tell me to be fierce and concerned about the process rather than the finished drawing. Yesterday I helped the owls build a new nest and they all agreed it’s a really unique roost. All these things make me a special girl. I wholeheartedly believe that all people are creative and that there is an artist inside each one of us! That’s why my mission is to help people discover their creativity!

 

“Picasso once said this, he said that all children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up. I believe this passionately, that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out of it.” – Sir Ken Robinson

 

I want to share with you a fun, autumn activity. I love autumn! In September, all the animals in the forest are decorating their homes with colored leaves made of salt dough.

All you need for the dough is:
4 cups all-purpose flour
1.5 cups warm water
1 cup salt
leaves with raised veins


Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
Combine all of your ingredients and knead for 10 minutes. If your dough is too dry add a little bit more water and continue to knead.

 

Roll out the dough to a thickness that you’d like (I recommend 1cm) and place a leaf on top and gently press it with your hand.

 

Carefully peel the leaves back off, the veins and stem had left a good mark in the dough.
Push gently but firmly around the edges and along the center to ensure the veins and edge imprinted into the dough clearly.
With a thin stick, make a hole in the top for where you want to hang your salt dough leaf.

Bake for 1-2 hours until the dough is firm.
Now the fun part begins. You can be creative and paint the leaves.
This is my favorite part of the process.

With this fun autumn activity, I unleashed my creativity by mixing materials, modeling, painting, and sculpting! The kind hedgehog told me about the different parts of the leaf and I recognized differences between leaf varies. The unusual fox told me that my fine hand gestures are improved from all the rolling, flatting, and pressing of the dough. If you love autumn like we do here in the forest, give it a try!

Ooh! I just remembered I must fly to the complementary colors lesson! Mister owl won’t like it if I’m late. Hope you have a creative autumn!

Comments 3

  1. Hi!
    I found this article interesting. I agree with Sir Ken Robinson, especially about the last part which others like John Taylor Gatto also agree. There are many evil people who wants to destroy creativity, emotions, feelings, culture and faith because they want a population of slaves and people whom they can easily manipulate. But this is a subject which we don’t have to discuss here. A really creative person is someone who comes up with his or her own themes to write, draw and compose songs. They also express different opinions and feelings through dance and songs. They don’t do their creations just because others tell them to, neither did they try to be like other artists from the past and present.
    I like the article. Keep on writing, Georgia!

    Best wishes,
    Georgiana

    1. Thank you so much Georgiana for your kind words…I would really love to know your opinion on creativity and how this can be cultivated in a child. I am sure that there are so many parents who sometimes lack inspiration! I am sending you my warmest wishes and all the best!

      1. You’re welcome! In my opinion, creativity is something which everyone has within, but it is stifled once we start kindergarten, school, high school and university because the system neither the society doesn’t encourage us to stimulate it. Creativity can be stimulated by doing creative and artistic activities and letting our children think and use their imagination freely instead of scolding and discouraging them. When a child or someone else discovers his or her creative side, we have to encourage them to develop it by letting them use their talent(s) and in the grown-ups’ case to help them find a job which involves creativity. Many parents fail because they’re either afraid to let their inner child out to the surface, or they think that if they’re not serious they’ll be rejected by society, which is a mistake that everyone makes. There are times when we have to be creative to educate our children and to solve a problem for example.
        Best wishes!

        Your friend,
        Georgiana

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