Seeing Beyond

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

 

‘Seeing Beyond’ Adventures in Creativity

Entering the World of Art and Creativity for Children (8-13)

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‘SEEING BEYOND’  Adventures in Creativity Program Series

@ The Brigade of Light, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

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The program has three main themes: Adventures in Creative Play, Adventures in Drawing and Adventures in Creative Writing.

During the program, children have the opportunity to develop themselves in the areas of creativity, focus, self- confidence and self-esteem in a playful manner. In general we strengthen our creative muscles and engage the right side of our brain via playing puzzles and games, drawing amazing pictures, creating wildly imaginative stories.

The activitites not only support the creative development and enhance creative and artistic expression of the children but can develop them in other areas as well, such as in movement co-ordination, concentration, fine manipulative skills, and the ability to work both individually and in teams.

As a result of the programs children often experience enhanced concentration even during school sessions and  less stress; they can also become more creative and more confident in their self-expression in different artistic ways; they can also experience enhanced self-esteem, more ease in their communication, enhanced drawing skills as well as being able to see gestalt and think in a more complex manner.

 Oh,  I almost forgot, and we’ll have oodles of FUN!

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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.

Read more about Ildiko here

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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.

The activities build Edward de Bono’s creativity enhancing games, construction techniques (learning by doing/Kelly), and educational coaching techniques.

This part of the program focuses on active creative play. The particular exercises we do depend on the age group of the children.

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 Video on the importance of playing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Please read more about the StorySlime.SnailFarm Creative Writing Project here (Click on this link)

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
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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.

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About the Program

Our main aim is to support children attending our programs to find their creative visionary-self within and to develop skills that would enhance their experience of ease and joy in their creative self-expression.

During 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 using creative writing techniques, Edward de Bono’s creativity enhancing games, art & music therapy techniques, brain gym techniques, construction lay techniques (learning by doing/Kelly), different visual art techniques, educational coaching techniques and the use of various artistic media.

During the program we encourage children to learn how 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.

The exercises not only support the creative development and enhance creative and artistic expression of the child but can develop the child in other areas as well, such as in 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 a sense of self as well as building positive regard for oneself and others and building their self-esteem especially with regards to art and creativity.

As a result of the program children often experience enhanced concentration even during school sessions and  less stress; they may also become more creative and more confident in their self-expression in different artistic ways; they can also experience enhanced self-esteem, more ease in their communication, enhanced drawing skills s well as being able to see gestalt and think in a more complex manner.

The program is highly recommended for children with dyslexia, dysgraphia, attention deficit disorder, and other learning challenges.

Ildiko’s  website and my creative blog provide ample pictures and information on previously held courses and events.

Children who take part in my PROGRAMS AND EVENTS can take part in THE BIG DRAW initiative and the STORYSLIME CREATIVE WRITING PROJECT.

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(Photos were taken at the program held in Sofia, Bulgaria, in December 2012)
(top picture by A.J. Caparo)

The program is and will be offered in different formats in Sofia Bulgaria, Budapest Hungary, Kissos Greece, and London UK.

Themes:

  • 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

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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.

Read more about Ildiko here



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