Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Many experts claim that our education system does not recognize the importance of the arts. Sir Ken Robinson, one of the worlds leading thinkers on education reform, gave a wonderful TED Talk in 2006 that went viral and has been watched by more than 65 million viewers. His topic, “Do Schools kill creativity?" addresses reimagining an education system so that it nurtures creativity instead of stifling it. Robinson believes that all children have extraordinary capacities for innovation but we must not squander it. He claims, “creativity is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.”
Robinson also believes that young children are not frightened of being wrong. He highlights that if you are not prepared to be wrong you will never come up with anything original. He feels by the time they get to be adults many lose this capacity. Schools unfortunately reward getting to one correct answer which does not promote taking risks to find new solutions or answers. Children are quickly conditioned and lose their innate desire to experiment or think out of the box.
So how do we help children hold onto this sense of curiosity, wonder and experimentation into adulthood? What’s the secret sauce to holding onto one’s ability to take risks and try new ideas? I believe we can use the arts as a portal for creative thinking. Art is a fantastic vehicle for self expression and exploration as there are really no wrong answers. Taught correctly, it is an invitation for children to let their imaginations run wild, to combine more than one idea to solve problems in innovative ways. If children play in this arena and enjoy the experience they will most likely hold onto this dynamic investigation long into adulthood.
Our approach with Exploring Colors will be to introduce your children to lots of different materials to create. We will highlight different ways to use the supplies but will applaud creative experimentation. This idea will filter into other areas of their lives. If they can be brave in the arts, they will venture to be brave and unique in other areas.
Sir Ken Robinson believed that creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. We can’t wait to reimagine creativity with your children and and support their unique visions and original ideas! We are also going to have so much fun! Welcome to the Exploring Colors Family!