Creative Confidence – Expand your life experiences

A Distant Episode 2Having creative confidence is trusting and valuing each and every one of your ideas and taking creative risks.

In the Art Studio this is goal #1 – to instill creative confidence in every visitor that walks through the door – no matter what the project is, what medium we are exploring, or what collaborative project we are constructing.

We regularly post new ideas about how to instill creative confidence in children at home and in the classroom.

For those of you out there that do not know, Boston Children’s Museum has an awesome gallery space where we have been showcasing the work of local artists since our renovation in 2007. One of the unique things about our gallery space is our family audience, which can top 2,000 any given day. That is an amazing turn-out for any art space! The thing about our audience is that they most likely are not coming to the Museum to see art. (I am trying to change that!). What this means it that they aren’t anticipating walking into an art space or preparing themselves for the conversation they will have with their children about what they are seeing, or what the art is, or what it means. They just happen upon it. I love watching the discovery, seeing what kids are drawn to, how they decide to interact with the work, what they say, what they don’t say….being a witness to the truly hands-on aspect of the Museum and what this means in an art space. Continue reading

Everyday Inspiration

AS sneaker tracingWith the drudgery of sullen subway rides, repetitive routines, or long and difficult days at work or school, it can be easy to become immersed in the daily grind, losing sight of the search to remain creatively inspired. Because of this, it’s important to remind yourself that inspiration is everywhere, even when you’re stuck in the murky depths of the mundane.

Be on the lookout for creative inspiration in unexpected places; for example, some people only have to look as far as the shoes on their feet. From May 3rd to July 6th, the work in our Boston Children’s Museum Gallery is inspired by sneakers.  The show was curated by Olivia Ives-Flores and the Sneaker Museum. Continue reading

Creative Confidence – Idea 9 – Humility

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Creative Confidence – Idea 9 – Humility

Having creative confidence is trusting and valuing each and every one of your ideas and taking creative risks.

In the Art Studio this is goal #1 – to instill creative confidence in every visitor that walks through the door – no matter what the project is, what medium we are exploring, or what collaborative project we are constructing.

We regularly post new ideas about how to instill creative confidence in children at home and in the classroom.

Idea 9 – Humility

“Humility involves knowing your limits, and having appreciation for the intentions, strengths and perspectives of others.”

Robert Dilts and Judith DeLozier, “The Encyclopedia of Systemic Neuro-Linguistic Programming and NLP New Coding”:

“Humility can only come from those who actually have something about which to be humble. The humble are those who could crow, but chose to keep their beaks shut. Humility is also a close associate of gratitude, and it’s an attribute that simply oozes class.”

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Humility, self-esteem, and self-confidence.

“Humility is the foundation of this personal power which rests in the fact that we are not pretending to be anything or anyone we are not. It is a quiet power, an unshakable power. A peaceful power. An active power. No sheer external force can, or ever has, overcome the power of humility. Countless historical examples have proven this principle.”

John David Hoag, a Professional NLP Trainer, Coach and Therapist

Humility, self-confidence and self-esteem are all important character traits no matter your age. Where does humility fit into teaching or raising children when self- esteem and self-confidence are valued so highly in our society? What does humility have to do with creative confidence and creativity? Continue reading

Creative Confidence – Patience and Persistence

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Creative Confidence – Idea 8

Having creative confidence is trusting and valuing each and every one of your ideas and taking creative risks.

In the Art Studio this is goal #1 – to instill creative confidence in every visitor that walks through the door – no matter what the project is, what medium we are exploring, or what collaborative project we are constructing.

We regularly post new ideas about how to instill creative confidence in children at home and in the classroom.  This month is an important one:

Idea 8 – Patience and Persistence.

If you so choose, every mistake can lead to greater understanding and effectiveness. If you so choose, every frustration can help you to be more patient and more persistent.

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Creative Confidence – Curiosity – Try Something New!

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Having creative confidence is trusting and valuing each and every one of your ideas and taking creative risks.

In the Art Studio this is goal #1 – to instill creative confidence in every visitor that walks through the door – no matter what the project is, what medium we are exploring, or what collaborative project we are constructing.

Each month we post a new idea about how to instill creative confidence in children at home and in the classroom. This month’s idea is…

Idea 7 – Curiosity – try something new.

Children are such curious creatures. They explore, question, and wonder, and by doing so, learn. From the moment of birth, likely even before, humans are drawn to new things. When we are curious about something new, we want to explore it. And while exploring we discover. Discovery leads to pleasure, pleasure results in repetition, repetition creates mastery, mastery brings new skills and new skills bring confidence.” ~Dr. Bruce D. Perry, internationally recognized authority on brain development and children in crisis. Continue reading

The Practice of Letting Go

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If you visited Boston Children’s Museum on a Monday in June, you may have noticed that the hordes of children playing in the museum looked…very colorful. Why? There was Messy Monday face painting in the Art Studio! Twice a month we give “big kids” the chance to engage in extra messy (and extra fun!) art activities. (Read art educator Alice Vogler’s blog post on Messy Play to learn more about Messy Mondays). I have really enjoyed working in the Art Studio on Messy Mondays because it is wonderful to see the children having a blast playing and creating without grown-ups telling them to stop making a mess! However, I also think that it has helped me to let go of some of my own expectations of art. As we get older, we tend to shy away from getting our hands dirty and forget the simple pleasure that comes from the specific slimy smooth texture of oobleck or the cool temperature of finger paint. However every Messy Monday I am reminded, as I see children of all ages with HUGE smiles on their faces, that life is messy and sometimes we have the most fun when we have oobleck dripping through our fingers. Continue reading

Creative Confidence – Get messy, really messy!

IMG_1669Having creative confidence is trusting and valuing each and every one of your ideas and taking creative risks.

In the Art Studio this is goal #1: to instill creative confidence in every visitor that walks through the door no matter what the project is, what medium we are exploring, or what collaborative project we are constructing.  Each month we will post a new idea about how to instill creative confidence in children at home and in the classroom.

Idea 6 – Get messy, really messy!

Open ended messiness is, well, just fun! It also is a great opportunity for kids (big and little) to have some very hands-on sensory experiences. Open-ended messy play is also great for exploration and discovery. Continue reading

Creative Confidence – Create an Art Challenge Area

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Having creative confidence is trusting and valuing each and every one of your ideas and taking creative risks.

In the Art Studio this is goal #1 – to instill creative confidence in every visitor that walks through the door – no matter what the project is, what medium we are exploring, or what collaborative project we are constructing.

Each month there is a new idea posted about how to instill creative confidence in children at home and in the classroom posted by myself and other museum educators.

Idea 5 – Create an Art Challenge Area Continue reading

Creative Confidence – Go the extra mile

yellow 1Having creative confidence is trusting and valuing each and every one of your ideas and taking creative risks.

In the Art Studio this is goal #1 – to instill creative confidence in every visitor that walks through the door – no matter what the project is, what medium we are exploring, or what collaborative project we are constructing.

Each month there is a new idea posted about how to instill creative confidence in children at home and in the classroom posted by myself and other museum educators.

Idea 4 – Go the extra mile – follow your child’s interest (and do it for free!) Continue reading

Kid (ART) Power

Looking back on February in the Art Studio

Collaboration, time, space, body.

These were the elements of February’s projects in the studio. 

No one worked alone – each visitor’s actions and decisions affected the whole of each of the projects.  They had to negotiate with each other and the space and decide what to do, where to wrap the yarn, how to attach their paper, where to leave their mark.  

Project #1 – Yarn Bench

Visitors were invited to help us wrap our Art Studio bench in yarn:

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Yarn Bench / Tangler #1

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