Learning how to confidently steer your creative energy into something that is productive is important. This Club Creative Studio post informs you of this “learned art” of sorts. Sometimes we need to allow opportunities into our life that stem from our creative thoughts. Doing this, can lead to a more satisfying creative life. There are ways that one can improve on or foster visual thinking skills. We need awareness and practice.
The key to reaching creative potential lies in understanding how to be open to change. Just as young children explore, communicate and share their ideas in affective and cognitive expressions. We too, as adults need to recall how to function by feeling what we think and think of what we feel. You may agree that to grow in creativity we need to include the acceptance of disorder, attraction to mysteries, conflict or puzzles, courageous risk-taking, embracing natural playfulness, and letting go of emotional sensitivity and perfectionism. Are you ready to grow your creativity in the right direction?
Lean forward to become more curious, be flexible in your approach to reach a new level or version of yourself. Consider my six suggestions for starters that can be viewed as building blocks to creativity.
1. Understand Creativeness
Recognize that you are a creative being and are capable of being interesting in many different aspects in your life. Appreciate that you have the means to be an individual and are called to express that in many different ways in your life. You can be creative at work and at play. Be accepting of your mistakes but quick to praise yourself at the same time.
2. Provide Environment
Provide an appropriate space to stretch intellectual muscles. This area should primarily focus on creative stimulation. Maybe it is as simple as an inspiring classroom, designated floor space or a small tabletop designated as your special workspace. With quick access to art/office supplies, games, books, textures, colors and interactive fixtures, your mind can have a jump-start area to expected creative thought.
Important aspects to the effective environment are space and climate. Do you have a personal work space where you might leave unfinished tasks for completion another day? This can be crucial to your creative process and growth. Adequate space and lighting is important. It is helpful to move and actually see what we are doing. Do you have comfortable seating? Place an importance on your physical comfort to do your best for any length of time.
3. Emphasize Art and Spontaneity
Heightened creativity can be present whenever we experience something new in our environment. Real life observations and hands-on activities often serve as springboards for creative expression. We just have to use our senses, be willing to experiment.
Showcase accomplishments. Nothing sparks motivation more than seeing how your efforts or the work of others has evolved.
“Sharp (2001) found that creative arts serve to enhance children’s listening, problem solving, critical reading and writing skills. In addition, the arts engage children’s kinesthetic and cognitive experiences, amplifying concrete as well as abstract learning abilities. Tacker and Tracey (1998) report that music education is therapeutic because it raises self-esteem while honing creativity, offering children an avenue for expressing their emotions in nonverbal ways.”
Creativity cannot be rushed or forced into existence. Parents and educators must be patient. If a child says “I can’t or I won’t,” the best response is “I’d like for you to try, see what you can do, experiment.” Leading by example can also help stimulate growth opportunities. When I was a classroom art teacher often times, when I actually drew for the students to illustrate a concept the students removed their own barriers as well. Creativity and confidence were allowed to flow more easily. This is the reason, I feel for a “rough draft”. It allows you to not be afraid to make adjustments. You are free to experiment and learn to grow in creativity.
4. Opportunities for Growth
Educators and staff members in the workplace alike can act as creative guides by listening carefully, observing any emotional cues of others, encouraging work and being cautious not to interfere. Open-ended or brainstorming opportunities incorporate creative expressions and growth. Creative solutions can also be born from large group settings.
Self help activities such as thought-provoking questions to yourself can help develop your own creative process. Asking the “What would happen if…?” question is a good start. Another type of questioning is to ask is ”how-many-different-ways can…” You may be surprised to brainstorm with self or others.
In most instances where a hesitation or doubt of being creative occurs, we can grow from this behavior. Maybe the right balance of spark is not present yet. Sometimes it takes being part of a group with enthused and strong creative ways to get the juices flowing. Maybe it is the challenge of the task at hand, or maybe it is an attempt to be expressive for personal gains.
5. Seek Out Creativeness
Inspiration can come from many different places within others, watching t.v., reading books, movies, media. The use of our own intuition and thoughts can be turned into what we need to gain the spark to start, and eventually continue and finish the creative process. This impulse can be planned or unplanned. Common activities that will lead to seeking out your creativity include construction, painting, music, dramatic play, dance and telling imaginative stories, and problem solving. Look for those opportunities, seek out what will lead to creative growth.
6. Practice Confidence
Being able to be expressive in some form daily is important for future growth. Like any skill that you wish to develop, you need to practice it often. My business mantra is: BE CREATIVE EVERYDAY at my work space called: Club Creative Studio (http://www.clubcreativestudio.com). I belive with this daily practice creativity comes to fruition very easily, willingly and strongly. You can become more confident in your creative adventures if you continue to foster creativity in yourself and in others. Good luck in your continued will to add practice, confidence and skills to your creative growth. Don’t lean backwards, giving up and saying that you are “not creative”. Lean forward and embrace your creative potentials!