Art practices such as animation, drawing, puppet making, and theatre are thought of as a language exchange. Our students are encouraged to speak their “everyday language” and apply it to the elasticity of artistic expression. By using the educators experience as a guide rather then an authority we mimic the structure of society in the classroom (punctuality, deadlines) yet modify it simply by being honest.
Discussion forums are set up within the classroom and through social media networks where students research, learn about the modern art system. Then brainstorm how to take art outside of the boundaries of the system and to open it up by bringing creativity into all areas of life.
Through our experience working in elementary and high schools across greater Montreal. We have found we are able to connect with our students by utilizing the creativity acquired from years of professional art practice in a way which allows our students to not only absorb the concepts of the general curriculum such as Math and Language arts, but also as a tool to express themselves, which enliven their spirit, rather then numbing their mind.
The objective in any classroom or community is to make young people aware of the challenges we face in the world, to inspire them by crafting lessons out of reality which allows the power of their imagination to find the solutions that can shift the negative energies of society through the inherent curiosity of children.
Through creativity we have found a way to teach young people whom will be transitioning into adulthood to remember the positive energy they are filled with as a youth, and to transform that memory into hope, and most importantly love.
Imagination therapy was created out of the fear that children were losing their power to imagine.
The objective in a classroom or community is to make young people aware of the challenges we face in the world. One imaganation can inspire another. By crafting lessons out of reality the power of a students imagination can find solutions that can shift the negative energies of society through the inherent curiosity of a child.
A class began's by asking the students what is “imagination”? The responses
are as abstract as the term itself. One boy who was shaking his hand wildly in the air exclaimed
“it’s a vehicle to far and distant universes”.
The answers spoken by a child's imagination are always beyond what we can imagine.
Students fall into the giant white sheets of paper, creating intricate stories, moving from one side of the class to the other, working together. The boys in particular tend to create a multi-layered storyline which they narrate to one another while drawing.
The imagination portal trick is a “doorway to mysterious lands”.
The students close their eyes and scribble on a piece of paper
for thirty seconds and extract what they see within the scribbling.
As soon as the students are warmed up and set free, any barrier
between their imagination and the paper breaks down.
They can rekindle any adults hope for humanity.
(and that is the goal)