Category Archives: Exploring Creativity

Thoughts on supporting the creativity of adults and children

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

Posted in Activities to Enjoy, Arts Advocacy, Arts Books for Children, Curriculum in Early Childhood, Exploring Creativity, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Activities to Enjoy, Arts Books for Children, Creative Art, Curriculum in Early Childhood, Exploring Creativity, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Activities to Enjoy, Creative Art, Curriculum in Early Childhood, Exploring Creativity, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Activities to Enjoy, Arts Advocacy, Creative Art, Exploring Creativity, News about the Arts, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

“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

Posted in Activities to Enjoy, Creative Art, Curriculum in Early Childhood, Exploring Creativity, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Wonderful Watercolours

 ”I do tend to use watercolors – I love the splatter sort of thing you can do with watercolors.” ~ Mini Grey Anyone who pays attention to my blog must know by now that that my posts are as much … Continue reading

Posted in Activities to Enjoy, Creative Art, Curriculum in Early Childhood, Exploring Creativity, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sweet Dreams, Little Animals

“But I do feel a little teeny right now that I’m just about ready to start, and winter is entering.  Half past autumn has arrived.” ~ Gordon Parks Since the school year started, I have become really intrigued with engaging … Continue reading

Posted in Activities to Enjoy, Arts Books for Children, Children's Music, Creative Art, Curriculum in Early Childhood, Exploring Creativity, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Secret Life of Artist Girl

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” ~ e.e. cummings When school came to an end a boy in my class gave me a beautiful framed message … Continue reading

Posted in Arts Advocacy, Creative Art, Exploring Creativity, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Creativity and Wellness

“All art forms are in the service of the greatest of all arts: the art of living.”  ~ Bertolt Brecht In February I attended a workshop on the Arts, Creativity and Wellness, which was very timely given the current focus … Continue reading

Posted in Arts Advocacy, Creative Art, Exploring Creativity, Teacher Education, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Storytelling with Young Children

“I think storytelling is all about children.  We human beings love to hear stories being told – and it first happens when you’re a kid.” ~ David Chase This month, kindergarten children at my school participated in a special program … Continue reading

Posted in Activities to Enjoy, Arts Books for Children, Curriculum in Early Childhood, Exploring Creativity, Storytelling, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment