How do art-loving kids turn into create-o-phobic adults?

Kids are born to be artists. They create, and create and no drawers are big enough to store all their productivity. And then, at some point, a big dark shadow falls onto all those beautiful paintings, the stream of creativity dries off and you then find teenagers who are convinced they were born without the creative-gene. Usually that happens around age 8 or 10. Sometimes it is a carelessly spoken word of an art teacher, a parent, or a friend that puts an end to the flow of art. And sometimes it is the frustration about not being able to draw a realistic looking copy of life. In the early years it is enough to draw 4 legs and a tail and call it a horse. Now it actually has to look like a real horse, or even better like “Mister Ed”, the cute pony across the field. For a certain period replacing a photo camera seems the highest form of art. By all means, elaborate drawing skills are very impressive, BUT that isn’t all there is to art. And sadly enough the lack of the ability to draw realistically leads to an overall frustration that leads into: “I have no talent. I can’t do it. I don’t like it. I don’t want it. ART – is NOT for me!”


Let’s switch it around. All it takes is an open mind and a first step.

It is 2015, time to spark creativity.

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘I cannot paint’,  then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh


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