Creative Skills participants have fed back that in some settings, there is a tension between giving children the freedom to create whatever they choose, and the pressure to have, for example, a Christmas craft or Mother’s Day card that ‘looks like something’. How can we encourage adults to be more mindful of, and value, the process a child goes through when they have complete freedom of expression, which can give truly magical insights into how they think and feel?
Since 2013 Starcatchers has delivered artist-facilitated training for early years professionals across Scotland, building creative confidence and sharing open structures to give babies and young children a voice through the expressive arts. Here, Creative Skills Manager, Heather Armstrong, reflects on the role of adults in child-led practice.
Yola Sornsakrin, a social work student from Berlin, Germany, spent six months working with Starcatchers across our community engagement and professional development projects. During my six months internship with Starcatchers I had the chance to observe and support many projects, including the Community Engagement projects Creative Kin and Expecting Something and their professional development programmes… Read more »
Chris Orr reflects on how Froebel’s ideas about creativity are a fundamental part of Starcatchers’ Creative Skills professional development.