Tuesday, February 16, 2010

How to be an explorer of the world.

I just borrowed a book from my friend Bruce Hammonds www.leading-learning.co.nz Its called How to be an explorer of the world by Keri Smith.

Its great. It fits with my belief that creative people have habits that support their creativity.
Smith encourages readers to be curious about the environment and see the world through new eyes. She writes, "Creativity arises from our ability to see things from many different angles." She shows through a series 59 'explorations' how to explore the world around you starting with your immediate environment.
Explorations include:
  • making sculpture with objects at hand
  • fully using one's senses by listening to sounds and mapping them
  • collecting objects that have 'magic potential'.
  • seeing life in inanimate objects
  • exploring patterns in nature and man made objects and collecting pattern rubbings

Great book for releasing the child in you - or if you have a child using them as an excuse for doing the stuff in this book.

After reading this I went on line and ordered 4 more of Smiths books. I'll let you know what I think of them in a future blog.

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