Student Learning

On this page we will keep you up to date with great examples of student learning. This time we will take a closer look at creativity, together with the students of grade 10.

By Mascha Keersmaekers, Visual Arts

A fresh school year ahead. Another year of guiding students in developing their creativity. I am convinced that every person is creative. It is a thinking skill, a mind-set that we all possess when we are born but somehow are taught to suppress along the way.

That is why in grade 10 this year I am starting with some very inspiring texts by sketchbook journal artist Danny Gregory, whose art work you can see on the left. I would like to share some of Gregory’s texts with you as well:

Gregory, D. (2006). The Creative License: giving yourself permission to be the artist you truly are. 1st ed. New York: Harper Collins, p.4.

I spent most of my life not believing I had the right to consider myself an artist in any way. But then I started drawing about fifteen years ago and it changed my life. It led me to travel, to meet people, to get books published, but most of all it transformed the way I see the world around me and how I experience every day.

I believe that everyone has the same opportunity. Not to become a Professional Artist but to make art into a regular part of your everyday life. It doesn’t matter what your elementary school art teacher said, or your parents, or your boss. You have it in you to draw, to play an instrument, to write poetry, whatever you choose. You can and should express your self. Regardless of what you fear anyone else may thinks of the results, you can become a creative person and achieve a new view of the life you lead.

I often wonder what the world would be like if every adult was as creative and free as we all were as kids. I think it would be calmer, lovelier, more peaceful place. And I’d like to do something about it.”

Gregory. 2017. Bio – Danny Gregory. [Accessed 05 September 2017].

I hope this makes the students see that being creative is about more than being a brilliant professional artist and that it relieves the pressure on those who are convinced that they are not able to draw, or be creative. That creativity can and should be part of every person’s life, and that it makes life more interesting and fun.

So far, so good and all students started making wonderful sketchbook journal pages in their brand new art book. I proudly share some of their very first pages with you here.