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“Every child is an artist...The problem is staying a child when you grow up!" -Pablo Picasso

Picasso's quote encapsulates one of American education's main problems: the instruction of 21st century learners without the destruction of their innate creativity.   In this issue of Everyartist Everyday we will explore how constraints can fuel creativity.

Professor Emeritus Marvin Bartel of Goshen University often recites the story of a highly creative, 5-year-old kindergarten student who came to school the first day and drew the birds he had seen on the playground at lunch. This student's birds, rocket-like in form with aerodynamic spreading wings and flame-like tails, were aimed on an upward trajectory toward the summer-hazed sky. 

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The teacher made no comment; no notice was taken of these exceptional drawings. However, when asked to draw a bird after two weeks of counting worksheets with stereotypical drawings of birds as two simple curves connected without a body... THAT is exactly what the student drew! 

 

How quickly and silently we often indoctrinate our young learners into the world of concrete terminologies, one-answer or one-way thinking, leaving behind their own creative world of personal vision and intuitive learning.

 How much time would it have taken for the teacher of that kindergartener to post those first bird drawings on a blank board entitled "Keep an Eye Out for Creativity", or to hand that student a small premade certificate for creative expression, and then simply note the achievement to the class? Or to ask for class input, discussion, or other ways to represent flying birds? One example of rewarding it, saying it is expected, and showing respect for creativity are sure-fire ways to nurture it.  

If you have ideas on how to reward and display creative works taking up little time or space, please forward them to pat@everyartist.me, or post them in the comment section of this article. We all will benefit the creative cause and keep it alive in our learners! Read More: See Creative Classrooms