When I was in high school, I remember there was a special art certificate you would receive if you received an ‘A’ in eight or more art classes. I intentionally only took seven art classes. I thought excelling in art meant I was lazy. Today, I’m so far removed from this mindset that it’s hard to imagine how I came to this conclusion. Thinking back, it seems like it’s engraved in us at a very young age.
I was on a plane last week and the guy beside me was asking about what I do for a living. When he heard I was a video producer, he started to talk about his 16 year old and how he wanted to be film composer. The man got very honest with me admitting that he’s often discouraged his son from pursuing it with the reasoning being, “there’s no money in it.” While ‘the starving artist’ does still exist, I think we’ve never been in a better time to make a career out of being creative. The internet has opened a world that isn’t going to close down any time soon. Once art was a thing that was shared in galleries, long after the creator has moved on to his next project. Now we can share a poem, design, or video seconds after we’ve created it. It’s not easy and not for everyone to make a living in the arts, but creativity is necessary in almost every profession.
As we ship jobs overseas and find robots to check us out at the grocery store, one thing remains irreplaceable: a creative mind. This dad’s intentions were good, and in his honesty, was able to admit to me that maybe he had it wrong, maybe there was room for his son to follow his passion. I pray for this father and son and, as I start out as a parent myself, I’ve been reflecting on what and how am I going to teach my kids. What’s the first thing God taught us in his Word? He showed us how he created. And the fact that we have the opportunity to share in that creation is very powerful. I don’t have all the answers, and it is never easy to be an artist. I really want to hear others thoughts on a creative education. How can we better teach creativity in our schools and homes? How do you incorporate creativity in fields not considered ‘art’ careers?
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Pablo Picasso
I leave you with this video of a talk by Sir Ken Robinson on creativity in the educational systems (note: we did not make this video, we just really like it):
Cory Heimann – LikableArt.com (Original – http://www.likableart.com/education/)