Category Archives: Exploring Creativity

Thoughts on supporting the creativity of adults and children

Creative Learning with Loose Parts

“Loose parts enhance children’s ability to think imaginatively and see solutions, and they bring a sense of adventure and excitement to children’s play.” ~ Daly and Beloglovsky, Loose Parts, 2015 Recently I attended a workshop on loose parts.  I’ve watched … Continue reading

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Risky Play: My Playground Adventure in Denmark

“All those hours exploring the great outdoors made me more resilient, and confident.” ~ David Suzuki 2018 has provided numerous opportunities for me to learn about Adventure Playgrounds and risky play.  I attended an OPAL symposium with a keynote presentation by Michael … Continue reading

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The Magical Power of Poetry in Kindergarten

“I have always liked the magic of poetry but now I’m just starting to see behind the curtain of even the best poets, how they’ve used, tried and tested craft to create the illusion. Wonderful feeling of exhilaration to finally … Continue reading

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How Young Children Benefit from Working with Clay

“I love to create, and to me, the ultimate freedom of expression is a blank canvas or a block of clay to capture whatever emotions your imagination gives it.” ~ Daniel Boulud Earlier in September a friend and I attended a … Continue reading

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Social and Motivational Influences on Creating Art

“Follow your inner moonlight.  Don’t hide the madness.” ~ Allen Ginsberg Well, summer has come to an end and as the new school year approaches I find myself thinking about creativity and inspiration once again.  I have looked to various … Continue reading

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Abstract Inspiration from the Quilts of Gee’s Bend

  “Our lives are like quilts – bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.” ~ Author Unknown For a few months now I have been exploring abstract painting. I discovered that I am particularly interested in combining watercolour … Continue reading

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Children’s Impressions of Monet

“By the single example of this painter devoted to his art with such independence, my destiny as a painter opened out to me.” ~ Claude Monet Recently the children in my class participated in an exploration of the paintings of … Continue reading

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Art as Meditation

gentle sway of breeze brush of bamboo leaves – music strings the night in gold ~ Mary Grace Guevara http://everydayamazin.blogspot.ca For several months, children in my class have had the opportunity to practice meditation, deep breathing and relaxation techniques as … Continue reading

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A Reflection on Creativity in 2016

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. ~Thomas Merton 2016 has been a year of losses, particularly in the arts world – David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds and so many … Continue reading

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“I am an Artist” Alphabet

“The alphabet was one thing when applied to clay or stone, and quite another when set down on light papyrus.” ~ Marshall McLuhan I have long been fascinated by the different pencil grasps that children use as they learn to … Continue reading

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