Getting ready for Hot Springs this summer and inspired by these beautiful photos by Hot Springs National Park Artist-in-Residence Stefan Kaben.
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I really like this video both to show to teachers and to middle school students. I feel like it helps to debunk so many of the myths surrounding creativity. For more wonderfulness on creativity and life check out Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert https://explorecreatelearngrow.com/2017/04/30/235/
I fell in love with Maxine’s work when I found her lovely book Painting the Spirit of Nature. She also puts out a great free quarterly newsletter here: masterfield.net/newsletter/
Had a lot of fun this year on Hike and Create with 15 middle school students. I encourage you to get out there, explore, & create.
Brown bag journals (we used little bags) turned out great! Some students opted for bigger journals.
Some students also worked on lovely watercolor paintings on Yupo paper.
“We value success, wholeness. Unlike this Japanese art form, we don’t yet have a way of looking for what was once broken and has been healed and illuminated. How lovely would it be to find that a cracked and illuminated cup can be even more beautiful than a whole cup. How wise to realize that the broken hearts, illuminated and made whole, can be even lovelier.
Give me someone who knows their own vulnerability and sees mine.
Give me someone whose cracked spaces are golden.
Give me someone who has helped do kintsugi to my cracked spaces.
Give me someone who is open to me doing kintsugi to their cracked heart.
So friends, wabi-sabi me.
Let me wabi-sabi you.
Let’s repair each other.
Let’s seek what’s cracked in each other.
Let’s heal our broken spaces.
Let’s fill what’s broken with gold.
May we emerge more beautiful, more whole, and luminous.
So, my love, come and see the beauty in my cracked spaces.
I see the beauty in yours.
You are not a heart that I will discard.
Do not discard me.
We can emerge from this healing golden, more beautiful.
May all that is cracked and broken be healed
“I am who I am today precisely because of what I have made and what it has made me into.”
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert