Without Creativity By Clifford Amazan

Imagination is defined as "the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses."

A Child Imagination

Let's be honest here.

For many years, we have all thought kids alike used their imagination to escape reality and create new internal environments for own amusement and after growing up and reaching a certain age, they would push it all aside.Now, we are seeing a decline of the creative mind in the classroom for a screen that glows and preoccupies the mind, hours on end. We are also seeing an increase in pop culture, permeating into the classroom, on which we can both agree on as damaging to a child growth and perception of the world that they live in. Child's play in declining to non-existent for more classes or an extended lunch period. While in the short-run, having children glued to their screen does take the stress of managing them, managing is just managing. Teaching isn't managing but the growth of a pupil who starve for knowledge and questions everything. We may live in the 21st Century, but I don't see a substitution for teacher who cares for the welfare of their pupils and school that is a safe environment for all who come through it's doors. The long term effects on "screen time" we have allowed into the schools are problematic if we do not take care of them now. The combination of a poor diet, more "screen time", and less play time may leads up to children obesity.

Creativity is Defined as "the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work"

Art is expressive.

"Screen time" is the time spent looking at a screen during a 24 hour period on which we spend more than 6+ hours on the screen. Seven hours if we are talking about children. In a recent trend, we see parents less and less involved in the welfare of their children to pays the bills of the household, to put food on the table, and to take care of the basic need of the child. Instead of parenting, instead of doing our jobs, we have surrender what's most precious to us for a glowing screen we buy them. The kids are quiet for now, but where kids gonna express all that energy inside them as soon as they can't have technologies in class?



Period. Whether you like it or not.

Depending on some teacher personalities and makeup of the classroom , the energy changes as soon as their glowing apparatus is outlaw in the classroom . The child is agitated, bouncy, unfocused, lost and or aloof. The Classroom become an arena of possibilities to entertain the child now, from disturbing the class, to fits of rage, misbehaving intentionally to gain the attention of theirs peers. Such behaviors are sometimes the result of the home, other is the kid needing to let some of that pent up energy inside.

With play time declining over the years, recess is slowing sharing fates with the Dodo bird


What I am proposing to solve this dilemma is an after school activities in which children have time to express there self. It is not recess, but an Art Clinic host in partnership with myself and the sponsors such as the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the Woodruff Art Center,and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, and the volunteer I would need to man this endeavor would be the art students at Georgia State and any volunteer that had signed up.

The project would encourage students to express there self as we would have 3 to 4 stations manned with volunteers and each station would be instructional ones as they were being lead by multiple students of that field of Art. The supplies would donated from the Arts & Humanities and our Sponsors. Children would then be given art material to be taken home to hone their peculiar talents or desire. The effect of having a clinic would not only showcase the ability to express the child and the volunteers but also be staged in an encouraging environment that bring the community together. The effect of a child engaged in the arts is a child that is expressive and less likely to cause distraction to himself and more into thinking possibilities unknown.

The imagination.


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