When I owned the ARTrox Imagination Station I realised that many people did not know how to allow their children the freedom to create art, and many didn’t understand the simple importance of art.
Art teaches many skills such as problem-solving, observation, lateral thinking & the sheer joy of creating something from nothing. With busy activity schedules, art for the sake of it is often ignored! Art offers a way to try out new ideas, explore concepts, relationships & exercise imagination.
From my own experience and observations I developed a set of key discussion points that I deliver as a dynamic talk – designed to be fun and funny, but to give parents that Ah-ha moment when they realise that a dog with 5 legs and purple spots is a creation to be celebrated, and “I can’t” simply means “I don’t know how”.
I teach practical strategies to help people unleash their creativity and embrace the creative spirit in their children. Because brains really ARE built with ART.
In the current over bureaucratized academic climate of NAPLAN tests and the national curriculum, we can’t rely on our poor over stressed over stretched teachers, many of whom do not feel comfortable with arts themselves, to teach our kids how to learn using arts strategies. It is up to parents to do their best to instil a confidence in creativity and asking questions that will endure through the years ahead.
Create, think, write, collect…the stuff around us inspires me. I hoard anything and everything that ‘could be used in art’.
Curiosity gives me a way to creatively explore new thoughts and new things. Ask a million questions….get 2 million possible answers…At the moment I am most enthralled by all the research that is being done on our brains and what makes us tick.
- I love exploring new ideas
- I love creativity
- I love art
- I love artful creative ideas
- I love learning
- I love exploring
- I love old buildings
- I love travelling – yes even being on the plane
- I love colour, texture, pattern, ephemera (I’ve got draws of arty trinkets to use ‘one day’)
- I love neuroscience…I ‘almost’ joined the medical profession (if only I’d worked harder at my VCE!)
My wish is to live a passionate inspired creative life…that is also my wish for you…I’m on my way…will you join me?