You Bet I’m Creative!

QueticoPainting

“Sunrise in Quetico” Pastel on Board, 2008

As part of the EdCamp St. Louis Planning Team, we have taken on a blogging challenge. A new topic will come up every week, and we’ll do some cross-posting, commenting, and discussing in preparation for the big day. The idea is that we will have fodder for meaningful discussions, conversation starters when we meet face-to-face (sometimes for the first time), and for many of us (me included!) it will push us back into blogging. I know. I’m guilty. But I have been creating other things.

This week’s topic: HOW DO YOU PERSONALLY EXPRESS CREATIVITY?

How much time do you have? I don’t think there’s a limit to blog lengths.

When I entered college, I wanted to register for an art class. I’d always been making things, and my Mom had always been supportive. Until now. “Art is dessert. You are on salad,” is what she said to me when I showed her my proposed schedule. Her voice had that finality in it that defied retort. I turned around, walked away, and ended up majoring in biology.

My Entryway floor December, 2014

My Entryway floor December, 2014

When I look back, I regret that. Actually, no, I don’t regret having studied biology, after all, plants are my other obsession. I regret not sticking to my guns and pursuing art. I should be in design or a studio artist. Nothing makes my adrenaline flow like the satisfaction of making something from scratch. However, biology it was, even into graduate school. I work in a mostly non-creative field by day, and fuel my creative side on weekends. Because I have never really had any formal training, and because it’s strictly an avocation, I probably have a fairly unique outlook on creativity as an idea.

I always have to have some sort of project. I’ve taught myself calligraphy, oil painting, watercolors, pastels, pen/ink, photography, knitting, crocheting, sewing, woodworking, silversmithing, glass beadmaking, and stained glass. I love to design landscapes and interiors, and to cook. I am a huge DIY-er around the house. If it’s something that can be made from a design or pattern in my head, I’m all about it.  In fact, my first blog was an Artist’s Blog.

I don’t think creativity can be taught.  It can be nurtured, but I believe that some people are full of ideas, and others are not. What we can teach, however, is to not be scared.  The only thing that’s between the idea that’s in your head and it’s realization?  The courage to try and do.  Allow creative people to be expressive, and don’t judge those who are not.

Do you think creativity can be taught?  Comment below!

See Robert Dillon’s Creative self.

See Danielle Zuroweste’s post on personal creativity.

The Shifting Target of Creativity by Amy Peach

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3 comments on “You Bet I’m Creative!

  1. Amy Peach says:

    And here I thought it was only me! I knew my first year of college that I wanted to teach. I came from a family of teachers, however, and I was very good at writing. My parents really encouraged me to pursue journalism or literature because, as they put it, “why would you want to be JUST a teacher?”. I thought they may have a point, so I majored in English. Then Journalism. Then English again. Then a few other majors so I would up with enough credits in both English and History. Now, with those degrees one has two choices: graduate school or custodial services. I chose the former and started a historical research degree. I got a year into it when my nearly fully formed pre-frontal cortex decided I was right the first time. I shifted to a M.Ed. and taught for several years before earning my Ph.D. I now work with faculty and pre-service teachers to develop their skills and I don’t think I could have envisioned better work for myself. Sorry, Mom 🙂

    • Ann Newman says:

      Perfectly stated! And yet, we still ask children what they want to be when they grow up when many adults don’t know yet!

  2. Ann Newman says:

    I am profoundly jealous of your creativity! Great post!

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