A few weeks ago I was sitting in the kitchen trying to help Lucy come up with an online writing class she would enjoy. Claire and Grace were both signing up for some classes and I knew Lucy needed something to keep her going too.
And when I came across this class by Jennifer Trafton called “The Brave Artists Club” it spoke to me.
And when I watched her introductory video it made me cry.
The things she said were SO BEAUTIFUL! Here are a few:
“Art helps me to be calm, and peaceful…and joyful.”
“Playing, whether with words or colors, gives me hope!”
“Some people wonder: why should we waste our time making art when there are so many big problems out there? But that is completely backwards! It’s when the world is darkest when we most need artists, who teach us to be playful, to imagine, who will remind us that we were created to be creative!”
“Artists are pretty brave people. Because what are we doing when we sing a song or we paint a picture or we tell a story? These things are battle cries. we are raising our fists or our paintbrushes and we are saying, ‘you’re not going to win, darkness!” Because there is still beauty and color and light in the world. And whenever we create something, whether it’s a lovely water color or a crayon doodle or an imaginary creature with four heads, we get to be part of that color and beauty and light pushing back the darkness.“
Watch the whole video HERE, preferably with your child, because it is SO GOOD! (if that link doesn’t work, you may have to go into the introductory page HERE, and press “start class” which will bring you to that introduction video).
I just love that thought of pushing away the darkness with creativity. Whether it is writing a story to get our feelings out or creatively helping a friend, or finding an interesting way to learn something new, we are using our minds for goodness.
Creativity is a beautiful thing.
If you want to check out these creative classes all the info. is HERE. I’m a new big admirer of Jennifer Trafton!
And I figure as long as I’m on this thought, there is so much creativity in some of the things my parents offer. From the imaginary adventure series of Alexander to a “secret code” to help families with communication, my parents have got ideas galore. Here’s a little “guest post” from them with some links to other cool things:
As we continue through this time of isolation and “being at home” we wanted to make 6 things available to you for free that may help you to make this a family-strengthening and relation-building time for you and your kids:
1. The values series Alexander’s Amazing Adventures is immediately available. It is a series of audio adventures that will keep your kids interested and involved for hours and provide endless opportunities to talk together about 12 key values that all of us want our children to embrace. Until June 30, the first two adventures in the series are free.
2. EyresFreeBooks brings 25 of the Eyres’ books instantly to your phone or computer for free and some of them may give you a chance to study and think about some aspects of your plan for your family.
5. You can follow the Eyres on Instagram @richardlindaeyre where they give a parenting tip each Tuesday and a meditation on Christ each Sunday (because eternal families are the end and Christ is the means).
6. You can Listen Eyres on the Road podcast every week on your favorite podcast app. The most recent editions are about finding “virus silver linings” for your family during this crisis. And please also look at https://www.youtube.com/user/eyresontheroad where we have posted our favorite parenting and marriage tips.
All the best, Richard and Linda Eyre.