"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." -Picasso
This quote really hits home for me as it pretty well sums up how this project began. At the time my daughter was four-years-old and I found myself marveling every single day at her drawings. They were so expressive and the color so intuitive. And maybe the most frustrating part, it was so effortless for her. So as I created the framework for this project, the question became: how do I become more like her?
Recently I came across this excerpt from the book Imagine by Jonah Lehrer that might lend a clue:
Take this clever experiment, led by the psychologist Michael Robinson. He randomly assigned a few hundred undergraduates to two different groups. The first group was given the following instructions: "You are seven years old, and school is canceled. You have the entire day to yourself. What would you do?" The second group was giving the exact same instructions, except the first sentence was deleted. As a result, these students didn't imagine themselves as seven-year-olds. After writing for ten minutes, the subjects in both groups were then given various tests of creativity, such as trying to invent alternative uses for old car tire, or listing all the things one could do with a brick. Interestingly, the students who imagined themselves as young kids scored far higher on the creative tasks, coming up with twice as many ideas as the other group.
It turns out that we can recover the creativity we've lost with time. We just have to pretend we're little kids.