The kids come back from their lunch recess and settle down at their desks. It’s art time, they get 30 minutes to think, draw and color. The class teacher asks them to draw a favorite memory from their Summer vacation. The kids are ready with their pencils while the papers are handed out. Some kids start drawing immediately, one child draws a cruise ship with a setting sun in the backdrop (wow!). Another starts with drawing Lego characters. There is a child staring at her paper, being the parent volunteer helping with the session, I ask her why she is not drawing anything. She says “I don’t know what to draw”.
When asked if she has a favorite memory, her eyes light up and she says “Yes, I do, Six Flags Water Park with my parents” then she frowns, “but I don’t know what to draw”. So I tell her to draw some slides and people enjoying the rides and move on to the next table. It’s the last ten minutes of the session and I see that she still has not drawn anything, so I sit with her and draw a slide and then with dotted lines draw a few more elements for her to complete and continue with my work. At the end of the session I am amazed to see that she has not only finished the few elements I added in the scene, but there are so many creative new additions to make it a Water Park bustling with people!
A true learning experience for me – a little guidance can spark creativity in Kids, sometimes they just need to know how to start and given the right start what they can create is ingenious!
My experience in the classroom with the 1st and 2nd graders, love for art and the potential of the existing smart devices in influencing the lives of little children is what led to the development of the Mini Monet Creative Studio & Art Club for Kids iPad App.
More details on how Mini Monet sparks creativity can be found here.