Esteemed educator and author Sir Ken Robinson believes "Creativity is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status." also stating "we don't grow into creativity, we grow out of it". For more on this I'd recommend watching his well known Ted Talk DO SCHOOLS KILL CREATIVITY, given in 2006 and now the most watched Ted Talk in history with over 50 million views.
Admired artist Pablo Picasso was on a similar wave length many years earlier believing "every child is an artist - the problem is to remain an artist once they grow up." He never did a Ted Talk sadly.
When I started my business Creative Matters in 2016 my goal was to create more opportunities for children and adults to get creative in a supportive, nurturing environment.
Our after school art classes www.creativematters.co.nz/art-workshops-after-school.html and holiday art workshops www.creativematters.co.nz/holiday-workshops-for-children.html are taught in a way that encourages creativity and values the creative process, allowing participants to explore, experiment, create, reflect and share - as well as teaching to encourage creative thinking (and simultaneously critical thinking):
And now Creative Matters has the privilege of also working with ECE and Primary/Intermediate teachers, facilitating courses that allow participants to personally experience each part of this process and reflect on how it makes them feel and how it affects their approach, thinking, results and learning, giving them the tools and the motivation to take the ideas back to their classroom and implement them. www.creativematters.co.nz/pd-for-teachers.html
With feedback like this from the Deputy Principal at Waitakere Primary School - The teachers were engaged and highly motivated as evidenced by the way the majority of our staff utilised all they learnt with you into their classroom programmes immediately - I might just be on the way to achieving my goal.