One of My Favorites

Book Jacket of 'The Artist's Way' by Julia CameronI’ve been thinking lately about the subject of creativity, and that has led me to remember one of my favorite books: The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. A point Cameron’s book makes is that we all have some degree of creativity within us and it is worthwhile to overcome our fear of using it. That aspect of her book intrigues me.

I have noticed as a librarian that the topic of drawing is continually popular for children. I have read that all children have confidence in their ability to draw until about third grade. If you ask a classroom of first or second graders who can draw, every hand will go up. In third grade, most of the hands will go up. But in about fourth or fifth grade, the number of hands lessen, and it continues to dwindle as the children enter their teens. Do the children lose the ability to draw, or have they become self-censors who no longer try?

If you are interested in the topic of creativity, check out materials such as The Make Good Art Speech by Neil Gaiman, Cultivating Your Creative Life: Exercises, Activities, and Inspiration for Finding Balance, Beauty, and Success as an Artist by Alena Hennessey [eBook]; The Artist’s Muse: Unlock the Door to Your Creativity by Betsy Dillard Stroud; The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life: A Practical Guide by Twyla Tharp, with Mark Reiter; How Art Made the World a BBC/KCET Hollywood production, produced and directed by Francis Whately, et al. [DVD]; and Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley and David Kelley.