Do you ever struggle to get yourself into a creative mindset?
Or do you struggle to stay in the creative mindset and perhaps losing focus is a contributing factor as to why so many people admit they have no time for the arts!
One thing I know I heard from my students over the years, is that they feel that sitting down to create something puts a lot of pressure on them - either from parents who have overly high expectations or teachers who create lesson plans where artwork ultimately is made just to exhibit on walls or enter competitions. Often times, I've taught students who are under pressure by demanding parents who expect me to teach their children to be producing masterpieces in each lesson which simply isn't the way art works or should be treated. Those art students I've taught in the past, who are trying to create successful art portfolios which will result in acceptance into top art schools is certainly an example of too much pressure.
If you can relate to this then I'm sorry that you've been in this situation but I hope I can offer help so that you can get back to creating without putting pressure on yourself in doing so.
Whether you're prepping for an art exam or putting work together for an art portfolio or if you're a parent paying for your child to take art lessons then consider this - art is not the same as an academic course.....in order to sit down to create something we have to get into the right mindset. It's almost like a meditation and something you cannot rush....at all.
I've been a practicing artist since 1999 and have worked in so many different creative capacities over the years as well as teaching but one thing I know for certain is that when I have the time to get in my studio, then this is my time to connect with my soul which means I do not put expectations on this connection. I treat everything as a journey or an exploration, even if I only have an hour to take this time aside, I don't plan anything out. In order to coax out my creative mindset, I play.
I once asked a twenty-five year old art student if she allowed herself to play with art materials and her response was "I'm an adult now and have responsibilities so when I work on my portfolio, I work to achieve my goals.....I don't have time to play".
I'm forty-five and play all the time - I don't think playing has an age limit and as artists or creatives we need to let ourselves play in order to make discoveries which lead to greater successes when reaching our goals.
So here are some creative playful ideas for busy adults to get your creative juices flowing!