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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Gratitude, kids and creativity!

I'm always blown away by the way that children approach creativity with such a sense of exploration and fearlessness. After 12 years of teaching artiness to children and adults I know the value of getting back into a playful or childlike state when making adult art!

During the Easter Holidays I ran a whole day workshop for a gorgeous group of kids ranging in ages from 7-14 around the topic of gratitude.

We started off with a circle discussion and the kids and I spent some time focusing on the things in our lives that we are grateful for. After a little while warming up the words and thoughts flowed freely;

* a warm bed at night
* a nice, kind family
* clean beaches to swim in
* enough food
*the beauty of nature

after we'd been around the circle 4 times we realised we probably could keep going all day so decided it was time to get busy making our Gratitude Flags.

For the first time i hired 2 fabulous assistants, my daughters Santana(17) and Sienna(14)and i seriously cant imagine how I have been doing without their help for all of these years!

We spent the day stamping and painting, spraying and glueing and sewing by hand and machine.

The finished artworks were beautiful; vibrant, individual and meaningful.
Will definitely have to do this with an adult group very soon!

Have a beautiful rest of the week everyone..hope you make time for some creative play of your own.


Patti said...

What a great camp. I want to come. Your daughters must have inherited your talent. I love the gratitude flags. TFS

Anonymous said...

Wow what a fun day love aunty dawn

aimee said...

these are delightful! and so are your helpers!