A while back I interviewed 2 friends of mine. They are in my art class, and I was trying to get there opinion on creativity. The thing is, they are somewhere in there 60’s or 70’s. Why does that even matter? Well they lived in a time, completely different than that of our own. There names are Miss Ginger and Miss Sandra. One of them didn’t even have electricity, till she was 7. Because of this, they have been able to observe how children act, and how they have acted for decades. They have allot of wisdom, and understanding. So without further ado, let us dive into there understanding of creativity.
I asked them some questions.
- Who influenced you to get into art?
- What have you learned from art?
- What do you wish kids would do instead of wast time?
- What is your opinion on how many screens we have?
Question 1. Who influenced you to get into art?
According to Miss Ginger, her whole family influenced her creativity. Her teachers did too. They were constantly encouraging her to try art. Just so you know she is now an art teacher. I think it is pretty incredible that if she hadn’t had people supporting her she would probably not be an art teacher today. If she wasn’t an art teacher I probably wouldn’t be so interested in art. If I didn’t have a hobby as a core part of my life I probably wouldn’t be writing this.
According to Miss Sandra, her older sister influenced her. As a little girl Miss Sandra copied what her sister did. As she grew up, her sister continued to be an influence on her life. Her sister actually got her to go to art in the first place. At art, Miss Sandra is basically one of my mentors. She would not have come, if she had not been encouraged to go by her sister. Yet another case where some one I never met, influenced me by influencing some one else.
Lesson 1. People 6 or 7 decades ago impacted me and you by impacting others in a simple way. Are you trying to impact others for the good?
Question 2. What have you learned from art?
Miss Ginger told me that art helps her be peaceful. She says that doing art helps her come in contact with GOD, and nature. Not in a creepy way. In a way where she is drawing what GOD created, and being who he made her to be. When I asked her the reason she said it is because she feels like she is doing something useful. She has a gift, and when she uses it she feels complete.
Miss Sandra told me that art helps her be positive and erase negativity. I get what she means. Art can help you think on good things. According to Philippians 4:8
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Lesson 2. What you are made by GOD to do, can help you focus on the beautiful.
Question 3. What do you wish kids would do instead of wast time?
Miss Ginger expressed that she wishes kids would do simple things, like cooking, crafts, and exercise. She also wants people to take time, to enjoy the beauty around them. “The clouds, and the trees, and the flours, and learn to appreciate these things”. According to her, if they just take time to do this simple thing, they will better appreciate beauty, and at the same time, learn to appreciate the people around them.
Miss Sandra Expressed that she wants kids to use there hands to create things. Doing things like shaping sandcastles, making mud pies, doing robotics, Seeing if paper will float on water, using there imaginations. Miss Sandra used to be a teacher. One time she gave the kids in her class an art project to do at home. She gave them a newspaper to do it over, that way it wouldn’t be messy. When she saw the kids again, half of them said that the project had not been allowed. She is worried, that often times children’s creativity is stifled, by our society today.
Lesson 3. Kids need to examine nature, and use there creativity.
Question 4. What is your opinion on how many screens we have?
Miss Ginger thinks that screens are okay, but that over use of them is not. Using them to do things like call friends now and then, is perfectly fine. Sadly though, we often times use them to sit for hours at a time. I agree with this. It is perfectly fine to use them. You are currently reading this, from a screen. So let us use electronics, but use them in moderation. After all, most things are good in moderation.
Miss Sandra thinks that people often times use screens as a constant babysitter. She says it is frustrating because, when she goes to a restaurant, people ignore each other. The younger kids are playing video games, or watching TV shows. The adults are texting. Not every one does this, but more people are starting to. She thinks people are losing there ability to communicate with each other. She thinks people should talk, not just text.
Lesson 4. Screens are a good thing, if we use them in moderation, and don’t lose our ability, to communicate with each other.
The lessons I have learned are below.
1. You and your friends can make an impact.
2. What you are made by GOD to do, can help you focus on the beautiful.
3. Kids need to examine nature, and use there creativity.
4. Screens are a good thing if we use them in moderation, and don’t lose our ability, to communicate with each other.