"Creativity is contagious, pass it on" – Albert Einstein. This is a wonderful quote that I hope everyone of us will embrace with our children and our grandchildren.
As a professional mosaic artist, I've worked with all ages of children over the years creating large mosaic installations. My most recent was with middle school children where we created a large mosaic of their school's logo, a falcon, onto the wall of their cafeteria using vitreous tiles. It was immensely enjoyable for me and when it was all finished, the children were ecstatic that they were able to leave behind a legacy at their school.
It is very important to spend time with our children and grandchildren and nurture their creativity. As Einstein says, we need to "pass it on." Sometimes, as adults, we find it difficult to find the time, energy or commitment to do this. Here's another thought-provoking quote:
"Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up" – Pablo Picasso
Here are 7 tips to help you pass on your mosaic creativity.
1) Use summers and holidays to plan art activities so there are no other interfering time schedules
2) Assume your children/grandchildren are creative and let them express themselves
3) Try different activities with your children/grandchildren to help them explore various art forms, even if they are not interested in mosaics
4) Encourage their creativeness by having the materials and supplies on hand and ready-to-go
5) Connect with your child/grandchild by removing cell phones, TV's, and any electronic distractions so you both can focus and enjoy each other
6) Be a role model in creativity - when they see you creating mosaics they will want to create too
7) Remember, safety should be practiced at all times, especially with children, so take the necessary safety precautions to ensure you have a fun and accident-free project
When it gets right down to it, the process is more important than the resulting project. You don't have to be a great artist to have great art experiences with your children/grandchildren. Don't get hung up with trying to create a great mosaic, just enjoy the time you spend together and know that they will have great memories of your time together to look back on when they are grown.
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