I have a general concern about my students and their creativity. It bothers me when they ask me permission before they add something to their work. You know the question: "Mrs. H., can I add a barn to the background? or Is it okay if my snowman stands on his head?" My standard answer is always, "I don't know, you are the artist" Of course, that means, Of Course You Can!
Generally these types of questions come from the older elementary students who have already been tainted by a black and white world where everything is either wrong or right. They are all victims of the standardized test among other things.
I worry that we will soon squeeze all the genuine wonderment and creativity right out of their precious little bodies. Everything that is creative will soon become a carbon copy of someone else interpretation of what is creative.
I decided to test the creativeness of my students occasionally this year by throwing them a bone of creativity. I hand them some materials and set them free to see where the material will take them. This is hard for my students. They need for me to guide them and to answer their questions about what they should be doing. I resist and tell them to make what ever feels interesting and comfortable for them. I hope those little spurts of unbridled art making will keep their creative spirits alive. It's not about the product, you know. It's about the journey that takes us there.