Topic for Today - Creativity

How many times do I hear the words “Oh, I’m not creative I can’t draw”

How many people say, “I can’t do that creative stuff, I was terrible at it when I was at school”

We think this is a tragedy, and plenty others agree.

Ken Robinson, an important educationalist says that creativity is “human capital” and should be nurtured before reading and writing.

Here is Ken giving a brilliant and funny Ted Talk about the subject - we think you’ll enjoy it

So what goes wrong?

Well, lots of things, but we think two big ones are

It’s all about drawing

We are somehow given the message that creativity is about being able to draw, or at a push, write stories or poems

So, if we are not very good at this, by our teachers standards, then we think we shouldn’t bother, and to leave all that stuff for other more “talented” kids.

The truth is creativity is in everything we do and say, how we think, form sentences, make decisions, problem solve, plan, decorate our houses, select our clothes. We all have huge creative capability but often don’t realise and don’t feel able to exercise it.

It must be brilliant

There is a notion that some children / people are just talented, they have this creative skill or ability within them.  They leave the womb being able to speak three languages, play Mozart, paint like Rembrandt, write like J K Rowling and solve scientific problems for breakfast.

That just isn’t true.

It is true that if we have certain advantages when we are young it can make a massive difference to the way we see ourselves and because of this we might find it easier to practice and have more support to know when things are going well or need improving. That said, it is work, time and reflection that are the key factors in making progress.

However, just because we will never be able to paint like Rembrandt, does that mean we should never pick up a paint brush?

There is huge joy in doing something creative if we let ourselves off the hook of having to be brilliant

If you use twitter have a look at Liz Atkins work @LizAtkin #texturehuntergatherer this is simply people with their phone cameras looking for tiny worlds as they go for walks.  It is so simple and a lovely way to be mindful and creative.  You can’t get it wrong!

You can make art from found objects in your house or garden by arranging them in a way that feels good for you

We spent a couple of hours yesterday responding to a “Rainbow Challenge”, we cleared down the kitchen table, used coloured card and glue to create this.  We were all so proud, had lovely time together and made something to share with others and to make them smile.  Again, you can’t get it wrong!

There are lots of poetry and writing challenges - that may not be your thing or you may write and not want to share, but what we know is that being creative uses a different part of our minds.  It helps us think differently and can be brilliant at relieving some of the worst feelings of distress and anxiety that we may be coping with at this time.

So please, join the creative crew, go on line, set your own challenge, do something for yourself or for someone else.  Colour in a rainbow for your local post box.  Do something - you can’t get it wrong and we think you might love it!

Look out for our "Creative Mind Challenge" starting soon!

And if you do come up with something you would like to share, then let us know and send it in!

Ok, well those are our thoughts for today!

Take care, stay safe, well, kind, connected and CREATIVE!


Please don’t go out if we don’t absolutely need to (i.e. for food basics), keep a safe distance (2 meters) from the other people around us.  Keep smiling, waving and talking.  Wash hands and avoid touching faces when out and about. 

Anything we can do to stop and slow the virus is keeping more of us safe and literally saving lives. 

If you have symptoms, stay inside and contact 111 or the website to get more advice.

Look forward to speaking again soon!

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