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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

Changing the food game!



Importance of Creativity

Creativity Just As Important As Math And Science (article)

Today, art education has been put on the back burner, with an increase in emphasis on math and science in our society. While this is not a bad thing in the least, it takes away from other forms of education, for example art education, of its importance.

Almost everyone has heard of the benefits of art education.  Playing an instrument promotes concentration and discipline in kids while helping improve their math skills, reading and writing music establish mental organization, and art in general promotes creativity and teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.

  “Creativity and creation are taught in many ways in many courses. Art is an example of a class where both are taught. I think creativity and creation are two of the most valuable skills an employee can have in any field. Thus, there is value in art,” math teacher Mr. Orsini said.

“We use a system here which is the dynamic creative process and in the dynamic creative process we teach you how to problem solve in a more abstract manner instead of a more formally driven manner.  That way when you come upon a problem in the future, you’ll be able to use the skill sets  that you use in art to come up with a creatively and out of the box way to solve a problem,” art teacher Boyles said.

Yes, science and math are essential, especially in today’s job market.  However, if we only place an emphasis on these subjects we are not only depriving kids of a good education, we are depriving them of self-expression.

As Steve Jobs once said “It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—its technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”

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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.”


Children need art, stories, poems, music …

“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “
Article here

“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. If you don’t give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don’t let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don’t give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it’s permanent.

The effects of cultural starvation are not dramatic and swift. They’re not so easily visible.

And, as I say, some people, good people, kind friends and helpful citizens, just never experience it; they’re perfectly fulfilled without it. If all the books and all the music and all the paintings in the world were to disappear overnight, they wouldn’t feel any the worse; they wouldn’t even notice.

But that hunger exists in many children, and often it is never satisfied because it has never been awakened. Many children in every part of the world are starved for something that feeds and nourishes their soul in a way that nothing else ever could or ever would.

We say, correctly, that every child has a right to food and shelter, to education, to medical treatment, and so on. We must understand that every child has a right to the experience of culture. We must fully understand that without stories and poems and pictures and music, children will starve.”

Pullman Philip 2


Drawing with kids

Youth Orchestra Venezuela

Jose Antonio Abreu is the charismatic founder of a youth orchestra system that has transformed thousands of kids’ lives in Venezuela. Here he shares his amazing story and unveils a TED Prize wish that could have a big impact in the US and beyond.

Jose Antonio Abreu
Jose Antonio Abreu founded El Sistema (“the system”) in 1975 to help poor Venezuelan kids learn to play a musical instrument and be part of an orchestra. 30 years on, El Sistema has seeded 102 youth orchestras — and many happy lives.

Art Teachers

What Art Teachers Do

Art teachers teach creativity and innovation. They teach multiple answers to problems. They encourage mistakes and experimentation. They teach students to be thinkers – not memorizers.

Art teachers are teaching the essential skills that are necessary for students to be successful in this new age.

So why are we cutting the most important positions from our schools?

Art teachers teach students to be thinkers


The New Renaissance

Never in the history of mankind has there ever been a better time to be a “creative”. It is the creative individuals that are finding success today. Simply look at at the world around you, and you’ll quickly notice the opportunities that exist for those willing to be creative, to take chances, to innovate.

It is my opinion that we have already entered into a new Renaissance, one in which true artists are flourishing and will be for the foreseeable future.

That is how you do it with kids! :)

Children need art

“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. If you don’t give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don’t let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don’t give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it’s permanent.

But if you don’t give a child art and stories and poems and music, the damage is not so easy to see. It’s there, though. Their bodies are healthy enough; they can run and jump and swim and eat hungrily and make lots of noise, as children have always done, but something is missing.

It’s true that some people grow up never encountering art of any kind, and are perfectly happy and live good and valuable lives, and in whose homes there are no books, and they don’t care much for pictures, and they can’t see the point of music. Well, that’s fine. I know people like that. They are good neighbours and useful citizens.”

Pullman Philip 2

Written by Philip Pullman for the tenth anniversary of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2012. More from Philip Pullman here.

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


Refugee Therapy

Using art to help Syrian refugee children cope with trauma
Many of the Syrian refugee children coming to Germany are traumatized by what they have experienced in the war-torn country. Kurdish artist Hassan Deveci has opened his Cologne studio to help them deal with their trauma.

Bombings, destroyed houses, camouflaged helicopters – many of the refugee children’s paintings shown in a Cologne studio depict those scenes because that’s what the kids remember all too well from living in, or fleeing from, war-torn Syria.

Thirteen-year-old Avjin pointed to her painting of a girl lying on a surgical table. “Her heart is bleeding, she doesn’t feel well,” she said.

Another young girl painted how bombs are falling onto a red brick house. “Helicopters came to destroy my school,” she told DW. “Some of the children survived, but some of them didn’t.”

In the Studio of Hassan Deveci in Cologne (photo: Hassan Deveci)

Deveci, 43, said he can understand the uncertainty that comes from being a refugee in a foreign land. He fled Turkey in the mid-90s because of political oppression of the Kurdish minority there. He applied for asylum in Cologne in 1994 and had to wait more than three years later, after staying at a makeshift camp, a hotel and a shared flat with two other refugees, until he was ultimately granted asylum. His memories of those years are grim.



The kids have undergone quite a transformation over the past year, Deveci said. “At the start, two kids hat real problems with concentration and the German language, but this changed after six months. They became much more open and self-confident,” he said.
Such private initiatives, however, cannot be sustained forever, Deveci added. He had to reduce the number of days children can come into the studio from weekly to once or twice a month because he ran out of material and money. He said he is just one of many people doing volunteer-work for refugees in Cologne.

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.


Picture diary – an invitation!

Shall we dance?

I have been writing diaries since I was 15 years old. I still have today most of my diaries. I find it fascinating to see how much I have or have not changed over the years.

I also love drawing and have been actively creating different art works and doodles for over two decades now.

As you can probably see from the number of blogs I run that I also like blogging and sharing my ideas with others.

In this invitation, I wish to combine all my loves.

Recently, I have started a new project: writing a picture diary. Here you can see some of my diary pictures. I am not sure they make any sense to others but I could tell stories just by looking at them.

I invite you to start creating your own picture diary that will remind you of those amazing and unique experiences that you have throughout the days of your life.

These pictures or doodles are not meant to be for artistic value but for self-expression. Whether you can draw (trained) or not, it does not really matter because you just want to put your experiences and feelings onto paper. That is all to it.

Believe me, looking back on those funny doodles later is so much fun because these drawings are really telling. They seem to capture the essence of whatever we are going through at the time.

Please, share your drawings with me! I would be happy and honoured to publish them on my site and FB page. Show me what you’ve got! 🙂


Crazy Creative! <3

tween style doodle

Young girls don’t get enough credit for their fearless attitude towards how they present themselves. I hadn’t really thought about it until I found @what_my_daughter_wore on instagram, a project by Jenny Williams that documents the daily stylistic choices of tween girls. In an effort to focus more on her art, Williams challenged herself to draw more every day. Being a stay at home mom, she was frequently swarmed by her three kids and their many friends while trying to work. Instead of letting it disrupt her, Williams used the youthful madness as a source of inspiration.





By not assigning names to the colors we want to expand the definition of what a color can be, and the various shades they can create by mixing them,”

The names we assign to colors are restrictive and only serve to impede our minds. The water that comes out of a faucet isn’t “blue.” Leaves on the trees can be “green” but they can be so much more. In Japan there’s even the absurd hada-iro (skin color), a peachy color that’s so wrong I’m not even going to begin. But now a young designer duo wants to change the way kids learn about color. They’ve created a set of “Nameless Paints” whose colors are simply identified by just that – their color.

Full article here