Pure Creativity

Meet  Oliver.  He makes things.  He makes wonderful, beautiful things.  He investigates, discovers, imagines, observes, invents, plans, plays, arranges, transforms, and creates.  These are all things that artists do.  I believe that Oliver does them exceptionally well.

Here are a few of Oliver’s creations. *

  Here  is a link to a great post about Oliver’s boundless creativity.

Now here is something for you to try.  It doesn’t matter how young or how old you are. It doesn’t matter how much art you have already made or if  you are just a beginner.   See if this helps you to investigate, discover, imagine, observe, invent, plan, arrange, play, transform, and create.

Close you eyes.  Open them and see just what is front of you.  Listen to the sounds around you.  What do you smell?  Don’t talk. Be still.  Let your eyes see colors, see textures, see patterns, see dark parts and light parts.  Now touch what is front of you.  Take a moment. How do you feel?

You have just allowed yourself to take in a tiny bit of what is around you.  You have taken a moment to see and to explore.  If you take more moments as you walk and play and move through the day, you may enjoy this experience.  You may do it more often.  And, you may begin to collect things.  You may see how the things you collect fit together.  You may start to make things.  Those creations may be art.

Maybe you are creative in a different way.  If you, like Oliver, make things, feel free to share your thoughts and images here.  Email elena.kidsart@gmail.com   

*All images courtesy of Chantal Powell        Big thanks to Oliver.

Review!

Midwest Book Review, has done Portrait of a Girl and Her Art, the honor of a feature in their December online book review magazine “Children’s Bookwatch!

Here it is:

Ideal for young adults ages 7 to 17, Portrait of a Girl and Her Art is filled cover to cover with vivid color photography of young women and the artworks they have made. The text includes the firsthand testimony of female artists and passages designed to stoke readers’ imaginations and inspire them to produce their own artwork. “Is there a book or movie that left a lasting impression on you? What ideas did it leave you with? Think of an essential theme or scene. How might you visualize it in a simple, straightforward way?” A motivational resource brimming with peer role models for girls, Portrait of a Girl and Her At is an excellent giftbook for budding young artists.

Thank you Midwest Book Review. And thank you to all of you amazing young artists who contributed to this book.