Category Archives: SO creative!

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! :)



Creativity and Giving

Oh, those dolls! :)

Music Creatively

Creative Music

Interior design 1968

Black Star

An invisible star



The creative process

Consistent with research I did with fellow PT blogger Scott Barry Kaufman, Fiore illustrates that if it takes ten years or so to make a professional contribution to a field, it takes about ten more years to make a truly outstanding mark.

What does this mean? It takes time to become an “expert” in a field and even longer to reach a level of “greatness.” It’s okay to not be a superstar yet.


In a brief speech, he articulated nearly everything I know about how to encourage creativity:

When I was nine and I asked my dad, “Can I have your movie camera? That old, wind-up 8 millimeter camera that was in your drawer?” And he goes, “Sure, take it.” And I took it and I started making movies with it and I started being as creative as I could, and never once in my life did my parents ever say, “What you’re doing is a waste of time.” Never. And I grew up, I had teachers, I had colleagues, I had people that I worked with all through my life who always told me what you’re doing is not a waste of time. So that was normal to me that it was OK to do that. I know there are kids out there that don’t have that support system so if you’re out there and you’re listening, listen to me: If you want to be creative, get out there and do it. It’s not a waste of time. Do it. OK? Thank you.

Yes! How do we nurture creativity? We allow mini-c (the initial creativity inherent in the learning process) flourish. We allow an environment to be psychologically “safe” from judgment and discouragement. We encourage people to pursue what they love.


Picture diary 101

A few months back, after having seen  many ‘colouring books’ claiming to have healing powers and calming the mind, I decided to create my own colouring book in the form of a diary. Here is the result. Naturally, I have not included all the entries – some ended up being very personal!

I can’t even start explaining the sheer pleasure of creating these images. They capture my days, my feelings and thoughts and at the same time they gave me enormous pleasure of colouring my own designs.

I cannot emphasize enought the healing power of art!

Why don’t you give it a try (and share it with me!)

Picture Diaries

The drawings are all under copyright! Spirit'n Art Delightful Creations


Elizabeth Gilbert on Creativity

Elizabeth Gilbert shares 11 ways to think smartly about creativity.

Creativity is a tricky word. Consultants peddle it, brands promise it, we all strive for it, often without really knowing quite what “it” really is. Put simply, there’s a lot of snake oil around creativity. But now here’s author Elizabeth Gilbert (TED Talk, Your elusive creative genius) to cut through the guff with her distinctly refreshing take on the topic. For her, we’re all creative souls already, we just need to figure out how to harness inspiration and unleash the creative spirit within. Here, she shares her best pieces of advice for living a meaningfully creative life.

Read on! – Source + photo