Back To School: 3 Easy Ways to Encourage Creativity Everyday

Our mission here at Artterro is to help people tap into their natural creativity.  We believe every child is born creative, and it’s never too late to rediscover your innate artistic ability.

That mission is especially important these days; it’s a serious challenge to maintain your creativity when life gets busy, school is more demanding than ever, and kids’ schedules are so packed.  Another barrier is our own self-doubt.  We hear parents say all the time, “I’d love to help my kids do more art at home, but I’m not artistic, so I don’t know how to help them.”   Even worries about household tidiness and safety get in the way sometimes–art materials can seem like a dangerous mess in the eyes of some adults.

Some are calling the current state of affairs a crisis in creativity: “In a 2010 study of about 300,000 creativity tests going back to the 1970s, Kyung Hee Kim, a creativity researcher at the College of William and Mary, found creativity has decreased among American children in recent years. Since 1990, children have become less able to produce unique and unusual ideas.”

Of course, as parents we don’t always control how much art our kids are exposed to at school (although we can certainly do our best to support our local arts programs!), and after-school homework and extracurricular activities can dominate the family schedule.  But we also know that art is absolutely essential to kids’ healthy development and future success.  So what can we do to improve the situation?  A lot!  And it’s not even that hard.

1. Set aside a small space for art

We’ve blogged about this before, but the basic idea is that if you keep your art supplies in an accessible place, kids will be much more likely to pick them up and start their own projects.

More details here: Make Art Happen! Setting Up A Family Art Station

And another option: Mobile Art Station

2. Set aside a little time for art

  • Encourage your kids to draw or doodle while dinner prep is happening
  • Keep art journals or sketchbooks in the car or in backpacks when you’re running errands

3. Model creativity for your kids.

  • If you take a little time to be creative and relax with a fun project, your kids will notice.  Give yourself time, even if it’s just a few minutes a day, to express yourself in your chosen medium.

Would you add anything to this list?  Please share the methods that have worked for you in the comments!

This isn’t the first time we’ve felt inspired to write about this topic.  Check out Jen’s thoughts on arts in the schools from a few years ago: Nurturing Creative Thinkers With Art Education.

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