Picasso said “everything you can imagine is real”, but I have often thought that everything real had once to be imagined. And yet the time and inclination to imagine seem to be disappearing from our daily lives. What uninspired lives will we lead when the joyful expression of free imagination doesn’t happen? What future exists for someone who can not see beyond the present moment? As educators, we have the ability (and responsibility) to encourage free imagination. We can guide children to the activities, tools and media where they can develop, express and create. Why wouldn’t we?
I wrote this “manifesto”many years ago when I was a student myself. Success will be measured by enjoyment. Is it still true to me today? I know the most successful days in the classroom are marked by engagement, and engagement is achieved by students doing or creating, and that doing or creating requires imagination… Do you see where I’m going with this?
“Logic will get you from A -Z. Imagination will get you everywhere.” (Albert Einstein)
The ability to imagine opens up possibilities that don’t exist yet.
“You see things and you say ‘why?’ But I dream things that never were and say ‘why not?'” (George Bernard Shaw)
How else, besides imagination, can you fly a spaceship or be a robot with nothing but a box on a Tuesday afternoon? What better way is there to spend your time?
How else, besides imagination, could you pass the time in a concrete parkade with modern interpretive shadow improv theatre?
Given the tools, the time and the teaching, every adult can learn to imagine from a child! Children are naturally uncensored and uninhibited. They are closely connected to the source of all inspiration, and should be encouraged in this adventure with great enthusiasm. The object is not to excel – it is purely to create.
Are you inspired yet? Best not to overthink it – get out your paper and pencils and begin…
Wishing you a colourful and creative day – imagine the possibilities!