If I Could Color Creativity

If I could color creativity,

it would be red.

Red is the color of fire –

And fiery flames grow and change

ever moving, ever flowing.

 

Red is such a vibrant color,

and there are so many shades of it too.

Just ask a student to create a palette of reds

and see what happens…

Light a fire under you…

And then light one under your students.

 

Allow creativity to always be an option.

Let the inspired flames that live in your students burn,

not burn out.

Don’t be the teacher who snuffs out creativity.

 

Get creative

and let others around you get creative too!

 

I do see creativity in red.  A stream of red that is ever growing and changing, vibrant and new.  Creativity is becoming a buzz word in education and in the business world.  We need to foster creativity so that our students can be ready to think and innovate in the future.  Creativity is rooted in problem solving, critical thinking and even collaboration.  These are the skills that are in high demand in the 21st century.

And what better way to foster such skills than with the arts.  Through arts education AND arts integration, students can exercise their minds in so many ways.  Support the arts in schools and communities not just with your words, but with your actions.

  • Attend a local performance.
  • Have an art night with your children at home.
  • Provide your students/children with materials to be creative: draw, write, build, play.
  • Organize a Studio Day in the classroom.
  • Write a poem and share it with your students/children.

Keep the creative flame burning!

~EMP

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Article by Elizabeth Peterson

Elizabeth Peterson has devoted her life to education and to reaching out to other teachers who want to remain inspired. Mrs. Peterson teaches fourth grade in Amesbury, Massachusetts and is the host of www.theinspiredclassroom.com. She holds an M.Ed. in Education, “Arts and Learning” and a C.A.G.S. degree with a focus in “Arts Leadership and Learning.” Elizabeth is author of Inspired by Listening, a teacher resource book that includes a method of music integration she has developed and implemented into her own teaching. She teaches workshops and courses on the integration of the arts into the curriculum and organizes the annual summer Teacher Art Retreat. Mrs. Peterson believes there is a love of active, integrated learning in all children and from their enthusiasm, teachers can shape great opportunities to learn.
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4 Comments

  1. Melissa says:

    I think I would use purple to color creativity since both creativity and the color purple are made of a mixture of other things ….
    They are both the mixture of vibrancy (red) and a calm settled feeling (blue) …
    Love this post as it is very thought-provoking!
    I wonder what my 6yr old daughter would say?

  2. Melissa says:

    I asked my daughter tonight what color she would choose for creativity …. she said it would be rainbow-colored because all those colors together are pretty! 🙂

    • How sweet! I love that answer. I just asked my own two kids and they started rambling off as many colors as they could. Now that I think of it, my cutie 6YO daughter practically tries to wear as many colors as possible everyday. lol.

      Thanks for the comments. 😉

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