Category Archives: Exploring Creativity

Thoughts on supporting the creativity of adults and children

Abstract Art and the Creative Process

“The creative process is not like a situation where you can get struck by a single lightning bolt. You have ongoing discoveries, and there’s ongoing creative revelations. Yes, it’s really helpful to be marching towards a specific destination, but along the way, … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Meets Kusama

“I have been using polka dots since I was a very young child.  Only after that, it seems, have they been used throughout the rest of the art world.” ~ Yayoi Kusama Art Night is a very special event where … Continue reading

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Creating Gifts for Mother’s Day

“Mothers are the fountain of creation.” ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah Preparing for Mother’s Day has made the classroom a busy place with much going on.  We have been making cards that include coupon books with hand written promises to do something thoughtful … Continue reading

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Making Space for a Makerspace

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” ~ Thomas Edison This blog post is about being a maker and the kind of learning environment that creates makers. Every educational environment needs a Makerspace that embraces the Universal … Continue reading

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WANTED Posters: The Art of Self-Esteem

“Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world no matter what you look like.” ~ Unknown For several weeks there has been a focus in my classroom on well-being, kindness, and what we like about ourselves.  We have looked at … Continue reading

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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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