can creativity be taught…?

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15/07/2010 by Sarah Ritchie

In the “Related Articles” section I have copied in a recent article from Newsweek, entitled “Can Creativity Be Taught?”. The article has caused me to think back over my childhood, and how my mother promoted creativity in our home.

Though we had little money, my mother always made sure I had crayons and paints and paper, craft materials and room to make a mess. She enrolled me in art and pottery classes, and I was able to be with her – and paint alongside her – when she went to art class.

I believe it is important to not only recognise abilities in children, but to give them opportunities and encouragement to try new things and develop interests.

Creativity doesn’t only have to apply to art and crafts. You can be creative in any career or any hobby. You can work creatively in your office or in the workshop. You can think outside-the-box as a lawyer or a parent. By accepting that you do “have a creative bone in your body”, you open life’s door to forms of expression that may surprise you!

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