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Jul. 20, 2019
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Understanding Creativity

With the rise in open world video games, creativity kits pre-packaged on craft store shelves, and big companies like LinkedIn promoting creativity as the most needed skill in the 21st century, creativity seems to be the new buzzword in education, business, and even at home.

Creativity traditionally was a word that was used to describe artists and dreamers. Type creativity into Google and the top result still says: cre·a·tiv·i·ty, noun: the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work. This definition is starting to show it's age; creativity isn't just limited to the arts anymore!

Today, we see the word more aptly applied to extend into all fields and occupations. From finding unique ways to compute complex equations, to out-of-the-box thinking applied to problem solve anything in the universe, creative people are now highly sought after individuals.

So, what can we do to promote real, true, creativity? According to Kathryn Haydon of Sparkitivity, local expert on creativity, she says, "Creativity requires two types of thinking — ideational and analytical. Much of life is focused on the analytical, so we need to bring this into balance by giving kids and adults more opportunities to explore, experiment, and originate ideas and even to think up problems that they are excited to solve."

How does this translate to your everyday life? Haydon suggests that sparking curiosity is the easiest way to begin. Everyone - including adults, should spend more time exploring, experimenting, and yes, even failing (!) to encourage the entire creative process to grow. This can easily be accomplished by having access to ordinary items around the house such as: paper, pens, sticks, paperclips, and my students' personal favorites: cardboard, a glue gun and/or tape to create something new! Start with something super simple like paper airplanes and the next thing you know, you are on to launching rockets in your backyard. You would be amazed at what you can create from (almost) nothing and just how good it feels!

During our classes in the studio, we encourage creativity by offering open ended projects where the final outcome is based on student creative output. One student explained the process so beautifully, "Adrianne brought the creative side back out of me and because of her, I have color in my life!"

Give yourself the gift of some creative time and add some color back into your life today!

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Adrianne Roberts is the founder and owner of Sunflower Studio, a whimsical and creative education space for ages 5-adult. Specializing in out-of-the-box private tutoring and outstanding drop-off, project-based classes, for both homeschool and after school students.


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