At school, we launched our Earth Day recycled art project 2 weeks ago. The art teacher has even offered extra credit points for bringing something in. There is still only my owl hanging on the very large bulletin board. And I thought with over 400 students in the school we would run out of room for the art. I can understand with busy schedules and spring weather (finally) that even my own two girls have not made anything yet.
When I emptied the plastic container of Parmesan cheese, I held up the lid at the dinner table.
"What does this look like?"
Ellie replied, "I don't know? A dog?"
I said "It's totally a FROG!"
They still didn't see it. I had to try to describe why I thought it did.
I told this story to 2 moms at school this morning as we looked at the blank Earth Day wall.
They said "See. You are so creative. Nobody thinks that way, but an artist."
Many of my friends are artists. I know lots of designers and lots of painters. If we were all in a room together they would agree with me on the frog or offer up a huge long list of other possibilities for my cheese can lid. Therefore, I think being creative is quite ordinary.
Then I find myself in a room full of people who all proclaim "I am not at all creative. I don't know how to make anything." Sometimes they act like I am a genius or a little bit of a freak for being even the least bit creative. (That's why I find comfort in hanging around artists.) I believe everyone is creative and people who say they are not were educated to NOT be creative. This is why I should be teaching art to children and "non-creative" adults.
I'd like to hear what you have to say. Please leave comments.
Does my cheese can lid look like a frog to you?
Do you have any other ideas about the cheese can lid?
Do you think all people have the potential to be a genius, or creative in some way and are taught that they are not? (intentionally or unintentionally)
Don't you think the word extraordinary is peculiar? It sounds like it is describing something more ordinary than ordinary. Extra-ordinary.