Encouraging Creative Development

Encouraging Creative DevelopmentBoston Children’s Museum’s Art Studio is one of my favorite places – and that’s good, because I spend a lot of time there. For the past year-and-a-half, I’ve assisted our Arts Program Educator in program preparation and planning, carrying out workshops, and doing my part to help keep the Studio a place of healthy self-expression. My love of this work has inspired a new undertaking: the pursuit of a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education, with a particular emphasis on the creative arts in learning. Each month, I’ll reflect about an element of my graduate schooling and my job here at BCM through the Museum’s Power of Play blog. For the month of February, I’d like to talk about something I learned in a recent class, on the subject of appropriately supporting a child’s creative development.

Taking each of my daily encounters to heart, I learn so much through simple observation and quick conversations with our visitors. With this experiential education in addition to my formal schooling, I’m beginning to understand just how heavy my feedback may weigh in a child’s mind, for better or for worse. 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

Making Sense of Art

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At the start of every month, the Boston Children’s Museum Art Studio unveils a new creative endeavor intended to get the gears turning in our young visitors’ minds. For the month of January, we explored the concept of sound, specifically through making different sorts of sound devices. While this is a great project for encouraging listening and auditory responses, our audile senses aren’t the only ones that we’re aiming to activate.

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Any art activity can be a solid multisensory experience – for example, sight and touch also played very active roles in our January projects as visitors decorated and stylized their devices, or felt the sound vibrations as a mallet made contact with a drum. In celebrating the use of all five senses – hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch – there are countless activities that you can use to exercise your child’s creative mind. Here are a few full-sensory projects to try at home: Continue reading