My girls, the process, and me — we did not disappoint. Not one single bit! Look at the creative art products they made. Creative. Beautiful. Striking. Brave.
They followed the rules, considered the suggestions, and bravely embraced their own ability to make good creative and artistic decisions. Although they all used the same materials, rules, and suggestions, their creative and artistic choices made each work unique.
It was an amazing experience for me! I worked hard to:
- be cognizant of my words — and their power to teach and empower.
- breathe and allow the girls to make their own decisions.
- trust the decisions my young artists made — even if they were different than the ones I would make.
It was hard work! Some of the girls were a bit afraid to really jump in. One said she wasn’t going to do the watercolor. I said “Oh yeah, you are. It’s part of the process. Trust yourself.” She looked at me with big eyes, and didn’t respond. A few moments later she asked if she could get a drink. I chuckled to myself, fairly certain she was trying to escape. I replied, “Sure, you can get a drink. But come right back so you can start painting. Don’t run away from me!” She chuckled and said, “Ok.”
She came back quickly, and with incredible braveness, painted like a pro.
I am so impressed with all of us. I worked to create the environment that would support creativity, critical thinking, joy, trust and bravery. And my young artists … well, they were fantabulous.
I made sure to acknowledge their bravery, and the many times they used a technique that inspired me.
My heart, and mind, are full!