Creative Project .
Do whatever you want. Anything. ANYTHING.
This instruction can sometimes prove more difficult than a clear set of boundaries, limitations, and requirements because I largely suffer from indecision when it comes to the question “Where do I start?”
Off to the library, to find as much information on creativity as possible.
It soon becomes clear to me the reoccurring themes I am focussing on, found in the text books and the lectures/tutorials, and I begin my process from there. There seems to be quite a few references to children; Having a child-like imagination and approach to creative ideas, having no worry of failure in the beginning or self-consciousness about what others might think, also being humourous in the approach to particular works. Young minds do not have as deep an understanding of stereotypes, taboos’, conformity, and tradition as the adult mind does, all of which have the tendency to hold creativity back.
“Every child is born an artist, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.”- Picasso
“Most children think they are highly creative; most adults do not.”- Ken Robinson
“Young children enter pre-school full of creative confidence; by the time they leave highschool they have lost that confidence completely.”-Ken Robinson
“No matter how old you get, if you keep the desireto be create, you are keeping the man-child alive.”— John Cassavetes
“To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desirefor recognition.”— Albert Einstein
Great, so there is a good start for my exploration, getting back to my child-like roots and learning how to turn off the analytical and logical side of the brain.
There is one issue.
Along with all these great ideas on a creative environment and frame of mind, one of the key ingredients to go along with creative process is time.
Uninterrupted, solid 40 minute to 3 hour time blocks, or periods in which the mind can get on a roll and flow (like Csikszentmihalyi describes).
This particular ingredient I do not get a lot of.
Being a single mum of a small infant, your time is no longer your own and you must share your time with a tiny human who requires much looking after, feeding, bathing, changing, watering, and protecting from scary insects and other poisons.
I argued with myself that I would be unable to complete a successful creative project whilst I was unable to set aside certain chunks of time, to put away distractions and focus completely on my work.
I then realised that it takes creativity to be a mum.
You are constantly trying to entertain your child, problem solve unexpected situations, and efficiently use your time to get the maximum amount of work done. I may not be producing skillfully detail pieces of fine art, but I would say creativity is involved when you try to clean mulberry stains off a wriggling one year old who also wants to tip their water bottle on your head as the phone rings.
I decided that I would do this creative project with the inclusion of the small young creatives in my life, studying them, instructing them, observing them.. I wasnt sure how it was going to work or what was going to be produced but at least I had a starting block.
Observations of a One year old & Brainstorming.
I started to question what art really is? Are the paintings I would do at four years old creative? Who says which piece of marked paper is a scribble and what is a masterpiece? Can I hand a child a paint brush and expect them to eventually create a complete artwork?
What is beautiful and what is grotesque to the child’s eye? Can they create art with food? dirt? music?
“The idea that modern art looks like something a child can do is a long-standing cliché. For some modernists, however, the connection between their work and children’s art was direct and explicit.” 
I decided to consult the trusty google.
Search: Child artists.
Aelita Andre – Professional artist by the age of four 
Meet Aelita, she is four years old, and has $234,000 sitting in her trust fund from selling 35 art works. 
That is more money than I could even fathom at the age I am now, let alone that age.
I discovered that although children may have the right ingredients for optimum art making, it still takes a unique mixture of colour, texture, composition and story telling, for a childs work to capture the attention of adults, and art critics around the world.
These are just some of her works..
 Fineberg, J. (1999). The Innocent Eye: Childrens art and the modern artist. [Book]. Retrieved from: http://press.princeton.edu/titles/6177.html
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 Legge, K. (2011) A pint-sized pollock?. The Australian Magazine. [Newspaper article]. Retrieved from: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/a-pint-sized-pollock/story-e6frg8h6-1226121487881
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