As a homeschooling mom, one of my main goals is to cultivate creativity in my children. And one of my favourite quotes that inspires me in this pursuit is by the famous Artist Henri Matisse who said, "Creativity takes courage."
If fact, this quote has inspired me throughout our home educating journey, and is the inspiration for this new blog here at The Masterpiece Studio (Shopify Store).
Indeed, it takes courage to put oneself out there and create something new, especially in a world that often values conformity over creativity. But the rewards of creative expression are immense, both for the artist and for those who experience their work.
So how can we be courageous in our everyday lives and encourage creativity in ourselves and our children?
Here are a few ideas, topics which I will be writing more about in future posts:
- Embrace imperfection: One of the biggest barriers to creativity is the fear of failure. But the truth is, creativity is messy and imperfect by nature. Encourage your children (and yourself!) to embrace their mistakes and see them as opportunities for growth and learning.
- Make time for creativity: It's easy to let the demands of daily life crowd out our creative pursuits. But setting aside time for art, music, writing, or whatever form of creativity speaks to us is essential. Even just a few minutes a day can make a big difference.
- Try something new: It's easy to get stuck in a creative rut, doing the same things over and over again. Encourage yourself and your children to try something new, whether it's a new medium, a new style, or a new subject matter.
- Share your work: Finally, it takes courage to share our creative work with others. But sharing can also be incredibly rewarding, both for the artist and for those who experience their work. Encourage your children to share their art with others, whether it's through a formal exhibit or just simply sharing with family and friends.
In conclusion, creativity truly does take courage. But with a little bit of bravery and a lot of support, we can all cultivate our inner artist and create something beautiful and meaningful in our everyday lives.
Let us remember that art is a subject to value and prioritize in our homeschool plans. It is not just about learning how to draw or paint, but it is about developing creativity, imagination, and critical thinking skills.
Art helps us express ourselves, communicate our emotions, and make sense of the world around us. By exposing our children to art, we are giving them a chance to explore their creativity, develop their own style, and potentially pursue a career in the arts. Art is not just for the select few, but it is for everyone.
We must ensure that it is not taken out of our homeschool plans, but added in, for our children may be artists, writers, and creatives waiting to blossom.
What do you think about art? Do you think it takes courage to be creative? In what ways have you been able to bring art into you homeschool? Share with me your thoughts in the comments below.
Till next time,
Ps- If you would like to learn more about Henri Matisse, and his beautiful art work, I would love for you to check out our Adventures in France Level 1 Series, which includes a deep dive into his art and spotlight, along with many other artists from France. Week 4 is all about his art, and the city of Nice, in the south of France.