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Be Free…Be Bold...Be Creative!

(From our January 2012 Issue)
Paint the Town Image

By Bev Selby

Pablo Picasso says, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” As we grow older, we learn how “Not” to color outside the lines or think “outside of the box”.   We worry too much about what other people might think of our creativity and us. Did a well-meaning teacher or friend indicate you were not creative?  Did you believe them and now you stand on the sidelines, convinced you have not one creative bone in your body?   Forget what they told you, pick up a paintbrush and release your inner child!  You can do it!

In a 2010 study of about 300,000 creativity tests going back to the 1970s, Kyung Hee Kim, a creativity researcher at the College of William and Mary, found creativity has decreased among American children in recent years. Since 1990, children have become less able to produce unique and unusual ideas. They are also less humorous, less imaginative and less able to elaborate on ideas. 

Budget cuts have ended several art programs at our local schools.  Video games and television have taken the place of creative outlets.   It is harder and harder to fit time into our busy schedules for creative times for our children and ourselves.  

We need to teach our children & allow ourselves the freedom of expression.  Don’t fear the outcome!  Have fun painting, creating, & dancing like no one is watching.  You will be amazed at the fun memories you make with your children and your friends.  Give permission for your children and yourself to think “outside the box” and color “outside the lines”!  Look for the spark of creativity in your children, and give them ways to be creative.  Create with your children; it really makes memories that last a lifetime!

10 ways to be creative with your children in 2012:

  1. Paint a canvas with your children.
  2. Learn a new dance and dance like no one is watching.
  3. Keep a journal.
  4. Pull the plug on the television for one month.
  5. Create opportunities for creativity each month.
  6. Listen to different music you have never listened to before.
  7. Make a family collage of your favorite things, colors, photos, and desires.
  8. Read books!
  9. Be brave and paint one room a daring color.
  10. Release your children to create their own masterpiece and praise them for their awesome work!

Paint the Town, Paint & Party Studio is a family friendly, locally owned “Paint Your Own Canvas” business.  Our heart and dream is to create a place where adults and children can “be free” and create!  Paint the Town is a place where warm encouragement and happiness abound, where you and your children can release the worries of the day.  We provide step-by-step instruction, the paints, brushes, and easels and clean up for you!  We love birthday parties, girls’ night out, and any group event.  At Paint the Town, everyone is an artist!