1. Har hari
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:17 am

    Very well said; it touched a raw nerve in me as it me cry……..it’s just so true, what is innovation (prized commercial asset nobody will argue about this) without creative exploration? It can’t get off the starting block. Thank you for this articulation. Really glad you and Sheila continue to shape the educational debate and thinking and teaching around children and creativity. You are both the champions of children! A Big Thank You.


    • Paula Briggs, AccessArt
      April 12, 2016 @ 11:23 am

      Thank you Har Hari – we always value your ongoing and very heartfelt support! Very best wishes, Paula


  2. Aurora Spain
    April 12, 2016 @ 3:11 pm

    Very wise words. I dont think the encouragement begins and ends with children. Adults need it too. I teach adults in my own artclasses and I feel its important that they are given permission to have fun and break the rules. They then relax and unlock their creativity and have produced some surprising and inventive pieces. This becomes a great stress buster for them. In turn those around them , both childten and adults get inspiration from their efforts and a creative spiral begins and continues. Vive Lart!


    • Sheila, AccessArt
      April 14, 2016 @ 1:46 pm

      Very well put! Thank you.


  3. Jules
    April 15, 2016 @ 7:34 pm

    Spot on Paula; as ever an inspiration. Letting my own two children have the freedom to just create things from what they found around the place it was one of the accidental things I got right as a parent. Be it camps out of umbrellas and blanket, hanging installations from banisters or ‘too be honest I’m not quite sure what’ sculptures displayed with pride on the sideboard.
    Having now just recently taken on the art co-ordination, or facilitation, role in my primary school I can now see how ‘giving permission to make’ is vital. This permission could extend to enabling them to go off on a tangent. Experimenting with the materials and producing something different, whilst possible not within the initial parameters of the lesson, is valid learning and probably result in enhanced progression.
    I was inspired to this when I had the privilege recently of helping at one of your children’s master classes (as reported in the guardian http://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/2016/mar/17/making-activity-transforms-connects-empowers?CMP=share_btn_fb). You gave me permission to make too then and what I created was not only a nest but a whole art ethos – thank-you…


  4. kate munro
    April 16, 2016 @ 10:12 pm

    fantastic, thank you. another great article that makes total sense and reaffirms everything I believe!


  5. Hannah
    April 18, 2016 @ 12:08 pm

    Well said Paula!
    (and thanks for the kind mention!)


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