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inspiring little creatives

inspiring little creatives

Over the last few years, our homeschool group has grown not only in numbers, but in age as well. Where once Bear was the only high schooler at our regular meet ups, these days we are bursting at the seams with high schoolers. It’s a wonderful problem to have; coming up with fun activities for the group and expose them to new ideas and new skills.

A couple of years back, I did an art walk for the group, and the kids loved it. Ever since, I’ve wanted to do another, and when we were planning our term two activities, I suggested a walk for the big kids. The mums agreed it was a great idea, and before I knew it, I had a group of twenty high schoolers tagging along behind me as we went for a walk through the back lanes of our town’s main streets, paints and cameras in hand.

We talked about zeroing in on details, and looking at the big picture. We practiced spotting interesting spots for photos, and creating interesting compositions with slices of perspectives. We did a quick session on urban sketching, and played with colours to create interest even if they aren’t completely accurate. To wrap up, we walked back along the main street, talking about different architecture styles, and the various ways we can draw inspiration from the world around us.

It was such an inspiring walk. Not all of the kids considered themselves arty, and found the sessions outside their comfort zone; they still created some really cool pieces putting their spin on the prompts I offered up. Others were busy comparing themselves, giving us the opportunity to discuss the importance of embracing our own journey, not comparing ourselves to others. Even the sketch prompt was so fun to watch develop; from one small building, and just a basic outline of what I wanted them to do, they came up with so many different interpretations of the scene.

It was a masterclass in embracing the new, and the imperfect, and the “not my cup of tea but I’ll do it anyway”. They all rose to the challenge, and created some wonderful pieces with their own unique twist. The little details that caught their eye as we worked was a reminder to slow down, be present, and pay attention. And all this on the coldest day of the year, where we all learnt the very important skill of showing up even when it feels hard.

I’m scheduled to run another class in term three, and I’m already working on ideas for the next session. We’re also considering trying to set up an exhibition at a local function venue, give the kids a chance to show off their work. I can’t wait to see them all grow and develop as artists over the rest of the year.

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