Why are studio-based classes only reserved for art and design schools? Studio classes encourage creativity and collaboration. Let's start early and practice often!
Keep our children creatively confident past kindergarden. Why does creativity fall by the wayside when we introduce arithmetic and history to the classrooms. I'm not suggesting that we rid our schools of traditional math, history and language classes, but we should supplement these regimented systems with at least one creative studio-based workshop class per year.
Allowing students to creatively and collaboratively tackle various open ended questions every year starting in kindergarden with simple questions and moving toward more complicated problems in high school will prevent them from ever losing their creative confidence.
Kindergarden problems can be something like "How might we make the playground more fun?"
...all the way to high school problems: "How might we create the ideal college application process?"
Many were talking about starting a mentorship system to get this off the ground. This can manifest itself in several different ways:
- Designers can 'adopt' teachers or schools (pro bono) and act as design mentors to give the educators creative confidence to try more studio learning in class
- Teachers who have creative confidence can mentor other teachers to spread the creative confidence cheer!
- Older students can use the classic buddy system to help younger students with the idea of creative confidence. Or better yet, vice versa, and have kindergardeners buddy up with older students and remind them of how to be confident with their creativity.