“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso
This children at The Bloom Center had a Summer break filled with creativity and learning how to bring out their own inner artist. Why is this important and worth sharing? Children living in poverty are not generally taught how to be creative. They do not have people in their world to show them what creativity is or more important how to be creative.
Based on information found on PBS KQED website "Creativity is the freest form of self-expression. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling for children than to be able to express themselves openly and without judgment. The ability to be creative, to create something from personal feelings and experiences, can reflect and nurture children's emotional health. The experiences children have during their first years of life can significantly enhance the development of their creativity."
During my trip to India this past December (2016) we began introducing art projects to the children. This experience opened my eyes to the struggle some of the children had with creating or putting together a simple art project. But like any challenge we took it head on as a family. Some of my most favorite memories as a kid was working on school projects with my dad. His help and guidance showed me how to think creatively and not be afraid to try new ideas. I wanted this for our children at The Bloom Center. They will carry these experiences with them for a lifetime.
Crowns for Christmas Night
Let's create something beautiful together!
Finished Product in Action
No Fear of the Rubik's Cube
We introduced them to games as well. The children also enjoy playing board games.
Just Being Creative
Their creativity started to flow with the first project being whatever the children thought to create. Simple enough and showed their great potential. But don't think these kids are not competitive. The competition became fierce and their determination was evident. These kids wanted to WIN the prizes! They wanted to be the best and create the best to their ability.
First Competition - Free Style - It's heating up!
The children asked that I choose the next art project (topic) and they would each create their own version.
The adults even wanted to join in and they did!
I was blown away by the final projects. Deena who is the cousin of our House Mother Karuna and also the children's tutor was surprised to learn how creative she could be. All of the children did amazing on every one of their projects. Thank you Karuna and the older children who completed their projects and also helped the younger children.