Monday, March 16, 2015

Illustrated Faith

I love happy surprises and I received one a couple of weeks ago when I came across Shanna Noel’s website which is all about illustrating your faith in a journaling bible. Chatting with Shanna via email has been a delight and I love her story about how this artful way of capturing thoughts and scripture verses has turned into a passion of hers. 

illustrated faith

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Cultivating Creativity in Kids

It has been a passion of mine to bring my grand kids into my studio and let them create right along side me. I let them experiment with various mediums and have fun cultivating their own creativity without any rules of how to do that. The reward for me is seeing their imagination grow organically because they know there’s no right or wrong way to make their art, create their project or tell their story.

I treasure the story my son and daughter-in-law told me about a parent-teacher conference they had with Micah’s preschool teacher a couple of years ago. She said that after putting a pile of art supplies on a classroom table, Micah dove in and started creating immediately while the other kids sat and waited for instructions. She was amazed at his excitement to create and fearlessness to do his own thing. She suggested that they get him into an art class and they replied, “he kinda already IS…. with his grandma”!

Being one who has spent years trying to shed the stigma that there are rules for making art and only art made within those rules has any value, I am determined to convince my kids, my grand kids and YOU that this is absolutely not true!!

A little back story for those of you who are new here. I’ve been watching my grand kids at least 2 days a week ever since they were 3 months old. Micah turns 6 in a week and Kyla will be 4 this Summer. So you can see, we have spent a lot of time together!

So how am I cultivating creativity in my grand kids?