Nurturing Creativity

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“Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist
once he grows up.”

Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973
Spanish painter and sculptor
Co-founded
Cubism

 

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One thought on “Nurturing Creativity

  1. Funny, I was just mentioning my passion for things, like how I feel about teaching teachers to use creative activities in the classroom. It’s like ministering for the purpose of making converts, getting others to see the light. But I have to win them over gently, persuade them to not say things in front of children like “I can’t draw,” because it gives children the impression that creativity is something a person is born “with” or “without.” And often I’m dealing with adults who had creative inclinations beaten or bored out of them a long time ago through the use of coloring books with bold, black boundaries or through adults who tried to interpret their work without asking for insight or just had “cookie cutter expectations.”

    I always play Harry Chapin’s song, “Flowers Are Red,” and it almost makes me cry. Listen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noVC5Jt2Gu8
    or just read the lyrics:

    Harry Chapin Flowers Are Red lyrics

    (Spoken)Your son marches to the beat of a different drummer, comer.
    (Spoken)But don’t worry,
    (Spoken)We’ll have him joining the parade by the end of the term

    The little boy went first day of school
    He got some crayons and started to draw
    He put colors all over the paper
    For colors was what he saw
    And the teacher said.. What you doin’ young man
    I’m paintin’ flowers he said
    She said… It’s not the time for art young man
    And anyway flowers are green and red
    There’s a time for everything young man
    And a way it should be done
    You’ve got to show concern for everyone else
    For you’re not the only one
    And she said…
    Flowers are red young man
    Green leaves are green
    There’s no need to see flowers any other way
    Than they way they always have been seen
    But the little boy said…
    There are so many colors in the rainbow
    So many colors in the morning sun
    So many colors in the flower and I see every one
    Well the teacher said.. You’re sassy
    There’s ways that things should be
    And you’ll paint flowers the way they are
    So repeat after me…..
    And she said…
    Flowers are red young man
    Green leaves are green
    There’s no need to see flowers any other way
    Than they way they always have been seen
    But the little boy said…
    There are so many colors in the rainbow
    So many colors in the morning sun
    So many colors in the flower and I see every one
    The teacher put him in a corner
    She said.. It’s for your own good..
    And you won’t come out ’til you get it right
    And are responding like you should
    Well finally he got lonely
    Frightened thoughts filled his head
    And he went up to the teacher
    And this is what he said.. and he said
    Flowers are red, green leaves are green
    There’s no need to see flowers any other way
    Than the way they always have been seen
    Time went by like it always does
    And they moved to another town
    And the little boy went to another school
    And this is what he found
    The teacher there was smilin’
    She said…Painting should be fun
    And there are so many colors in a flower
    So let’s use every one
    But that little boy painted flowers
    In neat rows of green and red
    And when the teacher asked him why
    This is what he said.. and he said
    Flowers are red, green leaves are green
    There’s no need to see flowers any other way
    Than the way they always have been seen.
    But there still must be a way to have our children say . . .
    There are so many colors in the rainbow
    So many colors in the morning sun
    So many colors in the flower and I see every one

    Harry Chapin Flowers Are Red lyrics

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