среда, 17 января 2018 г.

The most important thing in children's creativity is the soul

Last week I read the news about the eleven-year-old girl who has suffered a stroke. Doctors are fighting for her life and we will wish this girl the health. But we all must think over why this situation is possible in our life.
I think that the situation connected with the tendency of the professionalization of childhood is very disturbing. I understand the professionalization of childhood as the existence and suggestion to the children of the following statements: if you do something, you must do it as the real expert. For example: if you like drawing pictures - you must  do it as the real artist; if you like learning poems – you must  learn the whole books; if you like writing stories, "books" – you must write about philosophical issues using the literary language, if you like playing the piano, guitar, etc. – you must do it as the virtuoso, if you participate in the sport competitions – you must take the first places, etc. But I have to say any creative activity which is turned into a "heavy job", a deviation from the assessment  "perfectly" can lead to very negative consequences.

The professionalization of childhood  has the characteristics of the era of neo-feudalism (about which modern philosophers often write) when the children were the "journeymen" (from the best motives of adults) because parents and others hoped that the child would become the outstanding specialist. But what was good in the Middle Ages, in the 21st century can "destroy" the mentality of a little person. Great emotional, social and academic challenges with which children face are the basics of diseases, nervous breakdowns,  the failure of the opportunity to realize the internal potential. And if we think about aggression and pressure which children can feel at a very little age then we will receive a very sad picture.

In the one group of a kindergarten, I have faced the following situation. "Do you know that it is better not to ask to draw the picture this boy? He draws pictures ugly, awfully"! – children began to shout to me. I have immediately answered : "It is not a truth, I know, all of you can draw pictures very well". Having received such installation, preschool children have calmed down, and everyone began to be engaged in the drawing. Yes, this child hasn't performed a task, however on the subsequent interview with me he told the tremendous story about his picture, and he wanted to tell this story, thinking out new and new details. When I have praised him, I have felt both a surprise, and a question, and the desire to learn whether I joke, whether "all with me as it should be", and gratitude. Probably, this boy received too many negative estimating judgments, but he had a big imagination and talent to think out new fairy tales.


Boy, 6 years old: "The toyshop"


In some kindergartens the tutors demonstrated for me the stands with the "children's" drawings of St. Petersburg. From the first sight, I noticed how parents tried to represent monuments, the most difficult architectural details in the drawings of children. Tutors also sometimes try to complete children's hand-made crafts, preschool teachers want to finish children's pictures, to make "beautiful" and "correct". But is it helpful for children?

Girl, 6 years old: "This a the person who has three eyes, four hands and five legs...[...]"


But did you notice that from the world famous pictures the response in our soul is often got not by those which are written fantastically correctly from the point of view of volumes and proportions? We are ready to look at those pictures (for hours) in which we feel the emotions of the artist, his feelings, his joy or pain. We understand that the represented character "shouts", these pictures bring us good feelings  or the desire to think about the world around. And we all know that every artist has kept in the soul the small child who is not blinkered by stereotypes.


Boy, 6 years old: "The comics - Mummy"
And who can give the definition what is "correct" and what is "beautiful"? 
All history is devoted to the fight against stereotypes, and each talent is good in its identity and freedom of creativity: little Sasha Pushkin, according to some the versions of his biography, was mercilessly criticized for his first verses
J. Verdi was not admitted to conservatory,  
T. Edison has been characterized (at school) as mentally retarded, and this list is infinite. 


I also have shown you three drawings of children which aren't limited in the imagination. I want to pay your attention to them.

I also decided to write this post because the potential participants of the Gallery of Imaginative Play and Games who want to participate, but have the fear to do it, are writing me: "My child does not draw beautifully", "We are afraid and hesitate to participate", "We do not go to the art school", "We write not so correctly and beautifully as it is necessary", "We do still those "masterpieces", "Our play and games do not deserve attention . 

Please, remember, the value of children's creativity is not in its correctness and prettiness. We like and estimate children's creativity because of its internal sincere contents, the courage, spontaneity, determination to represent the real or invented world, but not professionalism.  Appreciate children's creativity because of the soul. The most important thing in children's creativity is the soul. 
Let the children be children!

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