All children are artists.
The problem is how to remain
an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso
Entering the World of Art and Creativity for Children (8-13)
(picture by A.J. Caparo)
‘SEEING BEYOND’ Adventures in Creativity Program Series
General program description
The 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, just naming a few, Betty Edward’s drawing techniques, the principles of Julia Cameron’s raising creative children, Edward de Bono’s creativity enhancing games, 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.
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).
Below you can read about the different formats of the above program offered at various venues. Link to descriptions.
Below you can read about the different formats of the above program offered at various venues.
Program leader, Ildiko Kudlik, has worked with children for the past twenty years in different capacities. She is an educator and creative artist who believes in our innate creative abilities, the power of playful learning and developing while having oodles of fun. She runs her different creative and educational programs all over Europe. At present, she is doing her pastoral studies with the Brigade of Light.
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@BIO Conference Centre, Hungary
The program has three main themes: Adventures in Creative Play, Adventures in Drawing and Adventures in Creative Writing.
Oh, I almost forgot, and we’ll have oodles of FUN!
The three main themes of the program in detail:
Adventures in Creative Play
During this part the program, children have the opportunity to develop themselves in the areas of creativity, focus, self- confidence and self-esteem in a playful manner.
This part of the program focuses on active creative play. The particular exercises we do depend on the age group of the children.
Video on the importance of playing.
Adventures in Drawing
During this part of the program, children have the opportunity to develop themselves in the areas of creativity, focus, self- confidence and self-esteem in a playful manner.
The activities build on Betty Edward’s drawing techniques, the principles of Julia Cameron’s raising creative children, brain gym techniques, educational coaching techniques and construction techniques (learning by doing/Kelly).
This part of the program focuses on creative self-expression via drawing. As one of the many results of the field trip the children can enhance their drawing abilities via learning to use some of the right-brain drawing techniques.
During the program we draw and colour a lot and develop the following skills:
- The Perception of Edges.
- The Perception of Spaces.
- The Perception of Relationships.
- The Perception of Light and Shadow.
- The Perception of the Whole, or Gestalt.
Adventures in Creative Writing
During this part of the program, children have the opportunity to develop themselves in the areas of creative writing, focus, self- confidence and self-esteem in a playful manner.
With the support of the SnailFarm Snail Brigade we compose various new stories and create some new fabulous Snail characters during the program.
As a result children can develop their vocabulary and grammar; structuring pieces of writing; their creative writing skills and can get more confident in story telling.
During the program we do some of the following exercises and more (depending on the age group of the children):
- ‘Building’ imagination
- Haiku and Acrostic poem writing
- ‘Building Character’ & Identifying Characteristics
- Vocabulary building – rewriting; inventing a new word
- Tell my story! – story telling
- Finding meaning
- Describing ‘blind’ pictures (SnailFarm)
- Creating a short story
- Creating a theme blog
- Journal writing
Below, please, read about the ‘Seeing Beyond’ Creative Adventure Program Series held in Sofia, Bulgaria
With the children, we enhance our creativity and artistic confidence by drawing on the right side of the brain, writing imaginary stories, creating textile art, discovering the meaning of colours and shapes, playing creative and developmental games and more.
(Photos were taken at the program held in Sofia, Bulgaria, in December 2012)
The program is and will be offered in different formats in Sofia Bulgaria, Budapest Hungary, Kissos Greece, and London UK.
- right-brain drawing techniques established by Betty Edwards with the intention of enhancing creative vision and drawing abilities
- Enhancing creative writing skills by practising creative and poetry writing based on techniques developed by Julia Cameron
- enhancing creative artistic vision by doing exercises based on techniques developed by Julia Cameron
- enhancing problem solving ‘muscles’ and creative thinking strategies based on techniques developed by Edward de Bono by playing variety of fun games
- building creative personality described by Mihaly Csikszetmihalyi by playing personal development games
- learning about different artistic styles and philosophies via making art
- developing self-awareness and positive self-regard by playing self-developmental games
The ‘Seeing Beyond’ Creativity program can be offered in a series of one-day workshops, a series of couple-hour sessions (after school club) or as a four-day course (camp style).
List of activities offered:
- drawing on the right-side of the brain (enhancing creative vision)
- brain teaser games
- problem solving games
- variety of exercises that support the development of a creative personality
- painting using different media and colours
- creating unique fibre art using a variety of material
- learning the basics of cartooning
- creating accessories using recycled material (sustainable environment project)
- making something reusable by redecorating or reshaping it using paint and a variety of different material (sustainable environment project)
- learning to do different needle-work such as knitting, crochet, sawing and embroidery and creating pieces of artwork
- creating a piece of creative writing (Story Slime Creative Writing Project/short story/poem)
- creating a short animation
- creating paper art
- building a variety of structures – thinking with our hands
- … there is always more!
Activity leader, Ildiko Kudlik, has worked with children for the past twenty years in different capacities. She is an educator-coach and artist who believes in the power of playful learning and developing while having oodles of fun. She runs her different creative and educational programs all over Europe.