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Richard Rohr : The Creative Life

When you were a child, you knew yourself to be cocreator of the universe. But little by little you forgot who you were. When you were a child, everything was about color. Now you pick black as your automatic font color, because that is the coin of the realm. When you were a child, you

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The door is wide open

The table is set. On it white pieces of cardboard, tins filled with paint, brushes, water, cloth, glue…. I hear the sound of voices and running feet coming towards me and the face of a teenage boy peaks into the room followed by his friends entering the space, giggling, pushing and looking down to the

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Creative works at HOPELAND ACADEMY in Stanford

Thank you to Hopeland academy in Stanford  for this years creative after school collaboration. We offered a variety of creative activities at Hopeland and the children created some beautiful clay bowls, elephant paper plate masks, birds, clay beads and necklaces. Hopeland is situated in the Stanford industrial area and educates around 60 children from grade

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Love the one creative force

A college professor had his sociology class go into the Baltimore slums to get case histories of 200 young boys. They were asked to write an evaluation of each boy’s future. In every case the students wrote, “He hasn’t got a chance.” Twenty-five years later another sociology professor came across the earlier study. He had

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Stanford Festival- a celebration of light

The classrooms were buzzing. There was tapping of feet, clapping of hands, the sound of drums and the melody of a flute in the air, mixed with the children’s laughter. A small group of children in the shade of a tree practicing their dance moves. Happy faces at the Creative Works week-long holiday program at

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Play with Colours

It was all about colour this week. The children worked on big sheets of paper, with food and watercolor as well as oil pastels. New nuances were mixed right onto the paper and the colours came to live. The process was exciting and aimed at giving space for freedom of expression. The children gained knowledge

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Art Facilitation of Entries for The Western Cape Department of Education’s “Children’s Art Celebration Competition” At Die Bron Primary School in Stanford

Creative Works facilitated art at Die Bron Primary School in Stanford from the 15th April to the 31st  July this year, working towards entries for the Western Cape Department of Education’s annual “Children’s Art Celebration” competition. This annual art celebration is all about acknowledging and celebrating children and their unique self-expression, creating a platform for

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Art and Craft in the open workshops

Over the past term the children have done some wonderful art and craft in the open workshops. We are using lots of recyclable material to stimulate the creativity of the kids who are attending the creative workshops. Art and craft activities have many benefits on a physical, intellectual and social/emotional level. Painting, cutting, pasting, drawing,

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Hands as a tool for Self Expression

Our Hands are central tools for every day live. We touch and we are being touched through and with our hands. We create with our hands. Our hands touch and feel the environment around us and send information to our brain which then gets translated into a responds which can be an action, spoken word,

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