Creative Kids Club
Creative Kids Club Membership
I’ve been asked to consider doing my creativity workshops and programs for kids who are going to be learning from home this year. Most of the distance educator programs to deal with COVID changes will be standard general education and or very little creative or artistic programs.
I’ve been building creativity boosting workshops, classes, and events for adults for years, but when the request came in, I realized—I could be teaching creativity boosting to the younger generations as a skill they can learn early so they won’t need someone like me in later years.
Creativity is the concept of curiosity meets holistic thinking. What is holistic thinking? It’s an all-inclusive mind/body/spirit problem solving and innovation solution. Seems like a lot for eight to sixteen-year-olds, right? Actually, it’s not. They are doing it already. It’s the natural state of the human creative problem-solving process, but standard education models usually train or teach it out of kids. Thus, I meet adults (demographically after age 35) who want to re-learn how to become creative.
Teaching adults how to re-learn their creativity has been my bread and butter—but what if we go back a little farther and make sure kids don’t lose their connection to the creative pipeline in the first place?
I’ve agreed to assemble a mock-up curriculum for twelve-week sessions designed fore kids ages 8—16.
The price out model would cost base $250 per twelve-week term (for up to three kids), plus the materials for an additional $150 per child. (So, to educate one child per term would be $400 and to educate three children off one base term would be $700 billed by invoice)
As an example of holistic creativity for kids the topics would range from Tibetan singing bowls to the power of basil to the new technology in digital photography. Think there is not a correlation between them all? Creativity will find the correlation and innovate beyond it. You may be surprised by what your kids find that ties these three topics together.
The objective in teaching holistic creativity to a younger audience would be to tap into the young, curious mind before it is conditioned into modern inherited paradigms and problem sets. We, as a society, are leaving behind a bevy of difficulties for the next generation. The least we can do is equip them to be able to create and innovate their own solutions to those problems.
If you’re interested in the mock-up planning session, or a group discussion on this model, please reach out. I’ll assemble a zoom meeting for parents with questions if there’s enough request. To be clear: I am not a teacher. I have not been trained as an educator. I have no childhood development skills. I am a full time highly functional creative who helps people find their creative pipeline—that is all. I am an artist. My methods for teaching children may seem controversial and not generally educator approved. I work way outside the proverbial box. Is that something your child needs? Is that something your child could benefit from?
The twelve-week memberships will include:
1) case of materials
2) login for a communication portal to download creative challenges, and upload discoveries
3) a weekly chat session online to discuss the exercises and ask questions (the brain kettle)
4) a queue of online videos, challenges, and
5) a “sandbox” a place to gather and discuss the side topics that spring up from discovery and curiosity.
There are no grades. There are no awards. There is only the spark…and once the spark is ignited the creative flame can be lit for years.
If this program interests you, please reach out. I am building the mock-up to begin October 1st, if there is sufficient interest in the workshops. (I would need to register a class size of twenty to afford the base online platform equipment.)
Let us also not forget the two most critical tools missing from the lexicon of modern creativity teaching:
1) Learning how to hear perceived negative feedback or critique and how to compartmentalize and learn from such feedback.
2) The absolute necessity of failure, and how to work with and learn from failure as part of the creativity process.
These two pieces of creativity training are completely missing from our culture and our social emotional skill set. The number one reason creative children do not turn into creative adults is that they felt shamed by a teacher or person of authority during their vulnerable learning stage of creativity. It’s awful that this happens—but there are tools that kids can learn early to keep themselves emotionally and mentally protected so that negative feedback becomes an empowerment rather than a dis-empowerment.
As to failure, we live in a world that deifies perfection. The struggle to obtain perfection is the bane of art and creativity. I will be teaching your children to embrace imperfection—to run after it, to chase it and grab onto it. I will be exalting the failure process as the human transitional tool that it is. Without failure we wouldn’t have the light bulb…what other brilliance lies at the end of the willingness to be imperfect?
Thank you for your consideration! I genuinely look forward to helping your children become more contrary, opinionated, messy, imperfect, curious, and challenging little individuals. Your kids will gain the skills to ask questions, redesign paradigms, push against status quo and think for themselves. You may not thank me in the end. Let the school system teach what it means to think inside the box—I’ll just come behind and teach that there was no box to begin with. They can learn it now while they’re young, or find me when they’re thirty-five and I’ll free them from the confines of box thinking for a much juicier fee.
P.S. Art? Where’s the art? Isn’t creativity supposed to be about art?
Yes. There will be art. Art is the byproduct of emotional/mental/physical expression; a tangible, audible or material manifestation of articulating a curiosity, or emotion. By unlocking creativity pipelines art will flow—it is inevitable. So yes, there will be art and all manner of creative outputs including but not limited to; sciences, law, engineering, dance, music, sculpture and even medicine—all of which are rooted in the fundamentals of creative learning and expression.