‘OCCASIONALLY, in times of worry, Ive longed to be stylish, but on second thought I say no - just let me be myself -and express rough, yet true things wit rough workmanship’
Vincent Van Gogh, The Hague, March 11 1882 letter to brother Theo.
Welcome! Thanks for taking a moment in your day to step inside the world of The Rainbow Tree. I believe from the bottom of my toes to the top of my head that we as humans have been born into a legacy of creativity. From the very first sign of humanity our hands have seeked creativity. The reason is simple, to be well balanced in mind and spirit we need to exercise this spark. But don’t take my word for it. Science has proven the health benefits of it. It makes us happier, it has long-term health benefits, it makes you smarter, it improves our mental health.
Now imagine what infusing your Little Feet’s life with creativity; with art making, with craft doing, with connecting to nature in a new way could do for them. Our Little Feet have BIG emotions. By connecting creativity with wellbeing we can allow exploration of those emotions. Big emotions + big creativity = happy kids.
grace selous bull
Arts & Crafts content creator ~ Lifestyle blogger ~ Author ~ Art history educator
Mama to two Little Feet and a fur ball. Wife to Daddy Big Feet. British Armed Forces family. Art enthusiast. Cathartic writer. Amateur watercolourist. Creative lifestyle advocate.
Hi! If you hadn’t guessed already I am passionate about creativity and art education. I try to surround my Little Feet and entire family with opportunities of self-expression. This fire began when at school when I was about 8 years old. By sixth form I realised Art History was what got me up in the morning. A trip to Florence and Sienna solidified that. I continued that onto university with a BA in it and then an MA in Fine and Decorative Arts at Sotheby’s Art Institute.
I have worked in the international art market both with art consultancies and auction houses in London. After marrying an Officer in the Royal Air Force, circumstances changed and I moved into education as a Teaching Assistant. I soon realised the lack of integration and opportunity for children at primary school level to be creative. Teachers are overworked, underpaid, underfunded and don’t have the time or capacity to do art lessons.
Giving children the space to create (in whatever form that is, art, craft, singing, writing, dancing) is so important for their development, mental health and wellbeing. It can also be integrated into all aspects of learning.
Everyone has creativity in their bones. We are made of stars after all and look how beautiful they are in the dark of night. We must nurture it, kindle that spark so that it may roar when the night is so dark we don’t know where to look except straight at it.
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