The school where my youngest child goes has begun teaching one of my favorite concepts to the children. It is the idea of a growth vs. a fixed mindset. I'm sure many of you have heard of it but if not, you'll want to read a little about it here. The idea is that students (and all of us) do not have a fixed level of intelligence, ability or talent but rather that we can continue to grow and change. I've known about this model for some time and I share it with my art classes. When I recently attended a school meeting and learned that they were sharing it with the kids too - I teared up. With all of the negative press of common core and the constant pressure on the kids with standardized testing ... something very very valuable is still being taught.
The Desire To Learn
The Beauty of Curiosity
The idea that you can learn and excel at something you love inspires me. People with a growth mindset believe that intelligence can be developed. Challenges are seen as an opportunity to grow. On the other hand, people with a fixed mindset believe that you are what you are at birth, and don't change with practice. These people focus on looking smart over learning, and they interpret mistakes as a sign that they are not able.
I gave up trying to look smart a long time ago.
It's hard to learn when you are so busy trying to look like you are competent in a thing. In my workshops and classes I want people to feel safe to ask questions, make mistakes and grow from them. Learning to create art, like any other kind of learning makes you vulnerable. A growth mindset focuses on improving not on performing well. It's a shift in thinking, and one worth making.
I had the priveledge last week to teach six unique women. This group works for Orange County Schools helping students access their curriculum. Holli and I had so much fun teaching these ready-to-learn educators how to paint geranium flowers. We were both inspired and amazed at how beautiful their paintings turned out.
Are you willing to step outside of your comfort zone and grow in a new skill? I'd love to hear what you've pushed yourself to learn. Always remember: It's a mindset.
If you love art and want to make it yourself, check out the upcoming art classes I'll be teaching after the Summer break. I promise you'll amaze yourself with what you can learn to do.
Whether I am painting custom artwork, creating a water colored logo for a client, or teaching art students, I hope to refresh and inspire others with my work. Read more ...