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:

Yarn Bench / Tangler #1

Yarn Bench / Tangler #1

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Family Fest Preview: Collaborate in Paper World

FF final logoOn April 6th, Boston Children’s Museum will celebrate 100 years of collaborating with families by holding our Centennial Family Fest, a day in which we will celebrate families, the Museum, and all that we do together.  From 10:30 – 4:30 in the Art Studio that day we will highlight families collaborating together through an interactive installation called “Paper World” that will be created by you, our visitors. Come create something (anything at all!) to add to our imaginary world. It can be very small, very large or anywhere in between…we will be cutting paper, using tape and adding each creation to our world! What will you add? What do you think our world needs? Where will you add it? Continue reading

Creative Confidence – Display and Honor

1 - Kids-Art-Displayed-on-a-Curtain-RodHaving 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 will be 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. Continue reading

Creative Confidence – Making Room to Create

creative-play-spaceHaving creative confidence means 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 piece we are constructing.

Each month there will be a new idea posted about how to instill creative confidence in children at home and in the classroom.

Idea #2Make a space in your home for your child to create in.

Mariah Bruelhl, author, educator and owner of Playful Learning, a retail space and education center in Sag Harbor, New York writes: “ …there is nothing that fosters independence and inspires creativity within children more than a thoughtfully prepared environment.”

Mariah has some great tips on things to think about when setting up a creative work space for children: Keep reading, there’s more!

Collage and Community

DSCN0009Inspiration can happen anytime, anywhere and is the starting point for creativity and the seed of art projects. At Boston Children’s Museum each room, each wall, each ceiling presents sites and experiences that invoke inspirations. In the Museum’s Art Studio we create an environment where families are prompted to make art inspired by the other exhibits in the museum.

This month, December 2012, visitors to the Art Studio are creating collages of their neighborhood or community, inspired by the Museum’s Boston Black exhibit. They are invited to think about their own community or to create an imaginary or fantasy community or home. The studio has all sorts of diverse, wonderful collage materials for visitors to create with – old art work that has been left behind, maps, newspaper, and all different colored shapes.  Collage is the perfect art medium to create about community – collage is ever changing, made from an assemblage of different forms. Keep reading, there’s more!

Instilling Creative Confidence

Edythe Wright - Move! Workshop #3Confidence doesn’t just appear in children. It has to be encouraged. One way to help your child develop confidence is though creativity.” – Jean Van’t Hul

What is creative confidence?

First, what exactly is creativity? It is a little hard to define. Doctor and author, John G. Young MD reminds us that, “The word “creativity” derives from the Latin creare: to make and the Greek Krainein: to fulfill. We can approach creativity from one of these two senses.”  Author Mary Lou Cook thinks, “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”

How about we combine the two – creativity is fulfilling a need to make something inventive, risky, and / or experimental and having fun while doing it! Keep reading, there’s more!