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Creative program description

All children are artists.
The problem is how to remain
an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso

Csikszentmihalyi quote

(picture by A.J. Caparo)


Adventures in Creativity

Program Series

Program description

This program aims to support participants to develop in the areas of creativity, focus, self- confidence self-esteem, and unique self-expression in a playful manner. The activities are built on Betty Edward’s right-brain drawing techniques, the principles of Julia Cameron’s raising creative children, Edward de Bono’s creativity enhancing games, Sir Ken Robinson’s ideas on creativity in education, art & music therapy techniques, brain gym techniques, construction-clay techniques (learning by doing/Kelly), different visual art techniques, different creative writing techniques, and educational coaching techniques.

During the program participants are encouraged to switch on ‘the right side of their brain’ (functions of the right hemisphere) and to balance it with the left side creating harmony between the two.

Apart from supporting the creative development and enhancing creative and artistic expression, the program can develop participants’ movement co-ordination, concentration, fine manipulative skills, and the ability to work both individually and in teams.

art is a child s best friend

Personal development techniques (in the format of educational coaching) are used to support the children to gain greater self-awareness and self-confidence as well as building positive regard for oneself and others.

The program is offered in different formats for both children and adults: it is often combined with learning English as a foreign language, learning about natural Sciences, learning to draw and paint, and/or craft making.

As a result of attending the program, participants often experience enhanced concentration, less stress and that they can think in a more complex manner. They can become more creative and more confident in their self-expression. They can also experience enhanced self-esteem, self-confidence, and more ease in their communication.

The program is highly recommended for those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, attention deficit disorder, HDHD, and other learning challenges (SEND).

Links to photos taken during the program run in different parts of the European Union

Budapest, Hungary Children Program

Sofia, Bulgaria Children Program

Sofia, Bulgaria Adult Drawing Course

Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA Adult Program

see more pictures on the left side of the website

A creative person

20 Things Only Highly Creative People Would Understand – BY KEVIN KAISER

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“There’s no argument anymore. Neuroscience confirms that highly creative people think and act differently than the average person. Their brains are literally hardwired in a unique way. But that gift can often strain relationships.


1. They have a mind that never slows down.
The creative mind is a non-stopmachine fueled by intense curiosity. There is no pause button and no way to power it down. This can be exhausting at times but it is also the source of some crazy fun activities and conversations.

2. They challenge the status quo.
Two questions drive every creative person more than any others: What if? and Why not? They question what everyone else takes at face value. While uncomfortable for those around them, it’s this ability that enables creatives to redefine what’s possible.

3. They embrace their genius even if others don’t.
Creative individuals would rather be authentic than popular. Staying true to who they are, without compromise, is how they define success even if means being misunderstood or marginalized.

4. They have difficulty staying on task.
Highly creative people are energized by taking big mental leaps and starting new things. Existing projects can turn into boring slogs when the promise of something new and exciting grabs their attention.

5. They create in cycles.
Creativity has a rhythm that flows between periods of high, sometimes manic, activity and slow times that can feel like slumps. Each period is necessary and can’t be skipped just like the natural seasons are interdependent and necessary.

6. They need time to feed their souls.
No one can drive cross-country on a single take of gas. In the same way, creative people need to frequently renew their source of inspiration and drive. Often, this requires solitude for periods of time.

7. They need space to create.
Having the right environment is essential to peak creativity. It may be a studio, a coffee shop, or a quiet corner of the house. Wherever it is, allow them to set the boundaries and respect them.

8. They focus intensely.
Highly creative people tune the entire world out when they’re focused on work. They cannot multi-task effectively and it can take twenty minutes to re-focus after being interrupted, even if the interruption was only twenty seconds.

9. They feel deeply.
Creativity is about human expression and communicating deeply. It’s impossible to give what you don’t have, and you can only take someone as far as you have gone yourself. A writer once told me that an artist must scream at the page if they want a whisper to be heard. In the same way, a creative person must feel deep if they are to communicate deeply.

10. They live on the edge of joy and depression.
Because they feel deeply, highly creative people often can quickly shift from joy to sadness or even depression. Their sensitive heart, while the source of their brilliance, is also the source of their suffering.

11. They think and speak in stories.
Facts will never move the human heart like storytelling can. Highly creative people, especially artists, know this and weave stories into everything they do. It takes longer for them to explain something, explaining isn’t the point. The experience is.

12. They battle Resistance every day.
Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art, writes:

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.”

Highly creative people wake up every morning, fully aware of the need to grow and push themselves. But there is always the fear, Resistance as Pressfield calls it, that they don’t have what it takes. No matter how successful the person, that fear never goes away. They simply learn to deal with it, or not.

13. They take their work personally.
Creative work is a raw expression of the person who created it. Often, they aren’t able to separate themselves from it, so every critique is seen either as a validation or condemnation of their self-worth.

14. They have a hard time believing in themselves.
Even the seemingly self-confident creative person often wonders, Am I good enough? They constantly compare their work with others and fail to see their own brilliance, which may be obvious to everyone else.

15. They are deeply intuitive.
Science still fails to explain the How and Why of creativity. Yet, creative individuals know instinctively how to flow in it time and again. They will tell you that it can’t be understood, only experienced firsthand.

16. They often use procrastination as a tool.
Creatives are notorious procrastinators because many do their best work under pressure. They will subconsciously, and sometimes purposefully, delay their work until the last minute simply to experience the rush of the challenge.

17. They are addicted to creative flow.
Recent discoveries in neuroscience reveal that “the flow state” might be the most addictive experience on earth. The mental and emotional payoff is why highly creative people will suffer through the highs and lows of creativity. It’s the staying power. In a real sense, they are addicted to the thrill of creating.

18. They have difficulty finishing projects.
The initial stage of the creative process is fast moving and charged with excitement. Often, they will abandon projects that are too familiar in order to experience the initial flow that comes at the beginning.

19. They connect dots better than others.
True creativity, Steve Jobs once said, is little more than connecting the dots. It’s seeing patterns before they become obvious to everyone else.

20. They will never grow up.
Creatives long to see through the eyes of a child and never lose a sense of wonder. For them, life is about mystery, adventure, and growing young. Everything else is simply existing, and not true living.”


Tehetség gondozás 101

Ugyancsak szükség van valakire, aki hisz a tehetséges gyerekben, aki mentorként állhat mellette, és adott esetben biztathatja azzal, hogy jól csinálja. Nagyon fontos, hogy legyen egy tanára is, mert egyedül tényleg nem megy: valakitől tanulni kell. „Különösen igaz ez a zenére: egy gyereknek hiába adunk oda egy hegedűt azzal, hogy játsszon rajta. Képességekre van szükség, és ezeket egy tanárnak kell megtanítania.”


Egy tehetség azonban sokszor nemcsak az esélyek és a lehetőségek hiánya, hanem a szülők hozzáállása miatt vész el, sokan ugyanis, akár szándékosan, akár akaratukon kívül, nagyon könnyen lehúzzák a gyerekeiket. Freeman szerint ez az egyik legrosszabb dolog, amit egy szülő a gyerekével tehet: „Ha a szülők negatív megjegyzéseket tesznek egy gyereknek a tehetsége kibontakoztatására tett minden próbálkozására, akkor az a tehetség rejtve marad. Ha egy gyerek azt hallja, hogy az ambíció nem neki való, akkor szembe kell szállnia a szüleivel vagy akár a tanáraival.”

A legközelebbi környezet és a kultúra is befolyásolja a tehetség kibontakozásának a lehetőségeit. Freeman szerint ez különösen jól megfigyelhető a lányok esetében, akik az egyik kultúrában semmire sem tartják magukat, nem többek szolgálónál, míg egy másik kultúrában úgy gondolják, övék a világ, bárkit és bármit legyőzhetnek. „A tehetség esélyét befolyásolja az is, hogy valaki mit gondol magáról. Nemcsak a képesség számít, hanem a személyiség, az, hogy valaki harcos típus-e, és megragad minden lehetőségét, vagy meghúzódik a háttérben.”

Joan Freeman szerint már csak azért is érdemes foglalkozni a tehetséges gyerekekkel, mert ha ezt nem tesszük, akkor elveszítjük őket, és az emberiség nem engedheti meg magának ezt a luxust: „Nagyon sok tehetséget elveszítünk, mert nem értékeljük, hogy a tehetség mennyire komoly erőforrás, pedig ennél hülyébb dolgot nem is tehetnénk. Egyszerűen kidobjuk az ablakon a tehetséges gyerekeinket, pedig minden országnak szüksége lenne a fiatal tehetségekre. És a tehetséggondozás nem feltétlenül a pénzről szól, sokkal inkább a hozzáállásról. Azokon a helyeken azonban, ahol az oktatást nem értékelik, esélyük sincs a tehetségeknek megmutatni magukat.”

Joan Freeman pszichológus és az életműdíja


Paint like a child!

“It took me FOUR YEARS to paint like Raphael, but a LIFETIME to paint like a child” ~ Pablo Picasso
We learn to attain the childlike state of wonder and awe, of presence in the moment, of all possibility – without habits or preconceived limitations… from this high state of consciousness we flow forth the pure ecstatic energy of creative joy…ever new joy.


The furture! :)

Glen Keane – Step into the Page from Future Of StoryTelling on Vimeo.

2015 Future of StoryTelling Summit Speaker: Glen Keane
Animator, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, and Duet
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Over nearly four decades at Disney, Glen Keane animated some the most compelling characters of our time: Ariel from The Little Mermaid, the titular beast in Beauty and the Beast, and Disney’s Tarzan, to name just a few. The son of cartoonist Bil Keane (The Family Circus), Glen learned early on the importance of holding onto your childhood creativity—and how art can powerfully convey emotion. Keane has spent his career embracing new tools, from digital environments to 3D animation to today’s virtual reality, which finally enables him to step into his drawings and wander freely through his imagination. At FoST, he’ll explore how to tap into your own creativity, connecting to emotion and character more directly than ever before.

Secret Garden Doodling@Large!

Johanna Basford spent her summer and winter holidays at Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran, where her grandfather was the head gardener. Her magical book Secret Garden contains pen-and-ink illustrations of flowers, insects, birds and small animals. All it needs to come to life is a bit of spare time and some coloured pens or pencils.

Download and print out for your children or just for yourself – it’s terribly therapeutic …

Downloadables and article here Gardian




“Brad Pitt once commented, “We are treated as special. We get away with things that other people can’t. And you start to believe the lie that you are special, that you’re better than other people.”

” … regardless of what profession or creative path we take. The issue is how to deal with the anxiety and narcissistic needs that often accompany being an artist, without damaging your spirit or threatening your life.”

The full article at

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Asimov on creativity


“A person willing to fly in the face of reason, authority, and common sense must be a person of considerable self-assurance. Since he occurs only rarely, he must seem eccentric (in at least that respect) to the rest of us. A person eccentric in one respect is often eccentric in others.”

“Consequently, the person who is most likely to get new ideas is a person of good background in the field of interest and one who is unconventional in his habits. (To be a crackpot is not, however, enough in itself.)”

“My feeling is that as far as creativity is concerned, isolation is required. The creative person is, in any case, continually working at it. His mind is shuffling his information at all times, even when he is not conscious of it. (The famous example of Kekule working out the structure of benzene in his sleep is well-known.)”

Isaac Asimov

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Creative Genius

There are 9 habits of creative genius you can cultivate in your daily life that will help you to develop a deeper awareness of your connection to this ever-present Source of all that is. The qualities of creativity and genius are within you, awaiting your decision to match up with the power of intention.

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Healing our shadows

“I can tell you that solitude/Is not all exaltation, inner space
Where the soul breathes and work can be done
Solitude exposes the nerve
Raises up ghosts.
The past, never at rest, flows through it.”

Matousek goes on to write that solitude “always includes the shadow, the part of ourselves that we run from, the places that scare us, the demons, the ghouls. That’s why solitude can be so intimidating.

He finds that the challenges of solitude “are identical to those of spiritual practice: locating balance inside us; getting comfortable in our own skins; becoming intimate with our own minds; laying claim to that power that flows through us when we touch center.”

Whole article

Owning Your Own Shadow book


How does Art Heal?

How does art heal? How do we kIMG_0021_2 student worknow what we are doing is truly a refection and reaction to the process, how do we know it’s working/ I am sure many people ask this question when they hear about using art as a healing process. I myself have delved into so many articles, books, and personal experiences it would boggle the mind.

I would write poetry and use watercolor as a background, I learned how to sew and remake things to entertain my time, I also became an avid reader, still am today. I look back and can see how writing the poetry and using pen and ink with watercolors was a process of healing as many of those poems were about the moment I was in.

The process itself is not only skill building but emotionally releasing as any artist can tell you when you are deeply in and unaware of the outside world you are speaking to yourself on a very deep level.This is a very different feeling then when we are building skills and developing techniques that enhance or represent a style or theme in our art work. As in Pat B. Allen’s book Art is a spiritual path engaging the intuitive side can be a unique and cathartic process that through intention can bring about great insight and release of things we hold onto.

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Practice Creativity by Maria Grace, Ph.D.


“To create” means “to cause to exist”; “to bring into being something that has never existed before”. Everything created is first imagined. Therefore, creativity is the human activity in which we use constructively our imagination by giving material form to our creative ideas.

In this context, a creative person is not only prolific in ideas but also active in materializing creative ideas in the real world. This creative input enriches not only the individual life of the creator, but also the world at large.

Creative people are not necessarily professional artists. They come from all walks of life and their creativity applies to all aspects of our civilization: they may be scientists discovering the hidden laws of the universe or new cures for terminal diseases; business people creating breakthrough opportunities in national economies; lawyers excelling in their field thanks to their creative problem-solving ideas; visionary politicians leading nations to freedom and prosperity; teachers creating innovative methods for the classroom; farmers creating breakthrough methods of farming or breeding; cooks creating culinary masterpieces or revolutionary cooking methods; administrators guiding organizations into success through creative leadership; police detectives solving mysteries and incarcerating criminals thanks to creative thinking.

Age, level of education and socio-economic status do not matter: a creative person can be a child, an adolescent, an adult, or a senior.

He or she can be single or married, divorced or widowed, childless or with children. Individual differences may be unlimited. But there are three characteristics, listed below, that all creative people share in common, which you must also develop as you work with this method:

Full article by  Maria Grace, Ph.D.

The JOY of Creativity

“Composing gives me great pleasure… there is nothing that surpasses the joy of creation, if only because through it one wins hours of self-forgetfulness, when one lives in a world of sound.”

Pianist and composer Clara Schumann (1819-1896)

As Benjamin Disraeli once said, ‘Most people will die with their music still in them.’

“But, what if the most ‘real’ thing you can do is to do work that reflects your authentic self? To find a way to actually live your life on your own terms? What if what you really need to do is to get ‘unreal.’

 “Now, imagine someone asking you ‘How many hours a week do you spend creating something that gives you joy?’ or ‘Do you have a creative habit that helps you handle stress?’”



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