“To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
-Joseph Chilton Pearce
This was the quote that I used to start off this school year. The classes completed an exercise in which I gave them directions to draw different shapes, lines, etc. but as I gave the directions they could not ask any questions, they were only instructed to do whatever felt right to them. In the end, we compared drawings and saw the completely different results that came from the same exact directions. We discussed how we all think differently and the importance of feeling comfortable with your own creativity in the art room. The papers that the students made their drawings on fit together to make this bulletin board:
These results are what I hope for with each and every project that we do in the art room. I give every students the same set of directions and expectations but then it is up to them to decide how they will complete the project. Within the art room, I hope that I can teach my students to be creative thinkers and problem solvers who are not afraid of being”wrong.” I hope that I have created an environment in which all students feel comfortable to explore their creativity.