Monkey See, Monkey Do.  Helping Our Teenagers to Keep Creative.

Teenagers and drawing, it all begins to drop off at this age.  The once-freedom our children enjoyed via exploratory drawing begins to wane about 10 – 12yrs old, it’s natural and it’s also a shame.  Is your teenager still creating?  If not, here are some tips to stimulate them into action.

Monkey See, Monkey Do  - Blog by Bloom Creatively Samantha Barnes

I’ve always loved The Artful Parent, Jean Van’t Hul.  Her website is FULL of brilliant, doable ideas for keeping our babes busy. 

But what about teens?  Let me introduce you to the art of ‘Strewing’.

To strew is to leave things about that naturally entice activity. 

For example, that empty notepad and those pens you happen to have left on the kitchen table - those scissors & glue along with some paper that is just waiting to be collaged, the idea is to make it easy for our targets to simply engage.

When screen time is finished and your teenager is lolling about being bored, our strewing plans come into fruition without much thought – this is golden.

The other thing that REALLY reels them in is to see YOU doing something too. 

A couple of evenings ago I was working in my kitchen table creating some drawings for my History Speaks project (A collection of drawings showing brilliant people, saying brilliant things, you can view it here).

As I was working away, my daughter arrived at the table complete with her own notebook and pens, we sat together on and off for an hour, just drawing – this bought me such joy.

You may not be comfortable drawing, but the recent colouring phenomenon offers us brilliant go-to activities, see if it works for you – sit and colour in for a bit, simply for the enjoyment of it, and I bet your children join you too.

Enjoy the time together and strew away dear friends.

What do you do to keep creative?  I’d love to know


About Samantha:

Sam Barnes has been a practising artist for 25 years. Throughout her career she has had her own gallery, worked with hundreds of artists in making and marketing their own works and exhibited her own extensively. Her work has been successfully published & licensed many times. Sam is passionate about artists, makers and creatives earning a decent living from what they do. Our world needs new and beautiful things and artists deserve liveable incomes. Those two things are possible. Sam writes from her first hand experience and occasionally works 1:1 with others.

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Thanks to taru-huhkio of unsplash for this photograph.