Posted on July 24, 2013
This past weekend we hosted our first Creativity Camp for Families at Soho House Toronto. It was such a great event. We had kids of all ages, parents, grandparents, twins and sibling groups dancing, playing and collaging together.
Though this weekend’s programming was aimed at kids aged 6-12 we had two super toddlers get in on the action and they were great. They drew and toddled and explored. It was a fantastic reminder that creativity is about having fun first and that age limits certainly don’t apply on that front.
As mentioned we had an awesomely adventurous pair of twins who were bubbly and full of stories about their favourite arts activities as their dad and grandmother shared in the fun. Two brothers and a sister brought their dad too which was great and not only did they make some amazing sketchpad collages but the boys got straight down to work filling the books with awesome drawings while their little sister showed off some fantastic dance moves.
I don’t know if you know this but Soho House has a great photo booth. One superkid headed straight there and he and his dad took photos which they incorporated into their collages. It was such a great idea and is already inspiring future activities at the Campus!
I had SO MUCH FUN creating and playing with this group and Soho House was a welcoming and supportive venue to work with so hopefully we’ll be working with them again to host future Creativity Campus workshops.
What inspiring or creative stuff did you get up to this past weekend? Care to share?
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Posted on June 4, 2013
Dolly Parton once said, “You can’t change the direction of the wind but you can adjust your sails.” Those of you who registered for our summer camps will have received your email this morning letting you know that we’re adjusting ours.
Though we’ve received great support and interest in our summer program it’s become clear that the costs aren’t lining up quite as expected and, as a result, The Creativity Campus is changing tack.
Instead of focusing on the daily camp this summer we’ll be honing in on our weekend workshops for parents and children and our Harnessing Creativity events for adults.
I’ll also be coaching entrepreneurs as a corporate culture mentor at one of Toronto’s leading technology incubators.
In keeping with the passion behind The Creativity Campus, we’re exploring, creating, inspiring and connecting.
Our first parent and child workshop will be on July 20th at a particularly fruitful space (more details to come!) and many more unique events are on the way.
Just as I began writing this, trying to come to grips with sharing the news and feeling a little disappointed, Oprah’s 2013 commencement speech at Harvard crossed my desk. She encountered her hardest professional moments after she launched OWN last year and in the speech talks about how she intended to turn her ship around.
No surprise, it’s an inspring address. Thank you Oprah, for the reminder that life is just trying to move us in another direction…
Today’s a day to remember, those who succeed see challenges as opportunities for innovation and growth. We’re taking this as a chance to focus in, to get more specific and deliver even more valuable strategies to kids, parents and business people.
Where’s your opportunity today?
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Posted on May 6, 2013
So how does all of this talk about creativity translate when it comes to the programming at The Creativity Campus?
Well today we’re building our summer camps and thought we’d give you a bit of insight into the process.
We’re designing each day so that kids not only have fun (#1 priority) but they learn (#2 priority) and they have something to take home to their parents and for themselves. Something they’ve created that they can be proud of and enjoy (#3 priority).
These priorities actually make organizing the camp fun for us too – we look back into our own childhoods for the games and crafts and activities that we enjoyed the most, then we look at what they taught us. Did they build skills? How? We also dig deep into our research. There are some amazing resources that come in the form of books, classes, workshops and experiential lessons that can inform how we interact, learn and enjoy life together. All of these are important to building creativity and the skills that come along with it.
Also important is keeping things fresh and varied so we incorporate music, dance, art, discussion and language into play and games throughout each day.
If you have a look at our links page then you can see some of the researchers who influence our work and the theories we’re building from. For each skill set there are specific methods of development – as we plan we are constantly checking that the activities are nurturing those skills, priority #2 is what makes our work interesting and seeing the results is what keeps it fulfilling and fun.
One of the first quotes that popped up on my screen this morning when I went to update our facebook page was from Benjamin Franklin.
It’s so true, isn’t it? The more we enjoy the activity, the more we engage, the more ownership we feel and the more we learn. We learn from doing, we learn from getting our hands in, asking questions and getting involved.
For each of the days that are in the works there are going to be a variety of different ways of getting involved. Each activity is about connecting with different learning types and opening up different learning pathways and “mindsets” for kids while they have fun and explore. Each day will have physical play and, weather permitting, we’ll head outdoors for at least 45 minutes to have fun as we develop our soft skills.
The really special part though, is that we’re learning too. It’s special because it enhances our commitment to teaching and connecting with everyone who takes part.
As we build we draw from what the experts say, what we enjoyed and what is expected but as the kids play and participate we learn even more.
If something’s not working, we’ll adapt it and try something new on the spot. If they have different interests or their own ideas about how they’d like to incorporate creativity then we’ll see how they line up with the research and give it a shot. Flexibility is important to us because everyone who crosses the threshold at The Creativity Campus learns differently and has something unique to offer.
We’re also we’re committed to sending home the products of the kids time and play for parents to check out. The best way for kids to get excited about learning and to engage in actvities is when the people they love are interested too.
If we come to all of this development and education with minds that are open to learning from each other then not only does it validate the kids, their work and their confidence but it allows us as adults to regain some of the perspective of children that is so valued in professional development and innovation today.
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Posted on April 29, 2013
As you may have noticed The Creativity Campus is on facebook. To follow along, get access to special deals, event news and information ‘like’ our page – www.facebook.com/CreativityCampus,
Hope to see you there!
Posted on April 26, 2013
The Creativity Campus is launching three weeks of morning Creativity Camps for kids age 7-10 in the month of August.
The goal of children’s programming at The Creativity Campus is to allow kids to explore their creativity while building skills in critical thinking, teamwork, decision-making and deeply rooting creative confidence through positive reinforcement and play.
Kids will create characters, write stories, sing songs, draw, build, dance and play. As they do this they will learn about creativity and imagination and be given the tools to nurture creative habits at home and throughout their lives. For more details on our philosophy please have peek at the rest of the website.
One week, morning sessions will be offered:
August 6-9 ($240)
August 12-16 ($300)
August 19-23 ($300)
Rates include all necessary materials and a daily, healthy snack.
For further information or to register please contact us at email@example.com or by using the contact form.
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