Laura Tobi

Ceramic Sculpture and other art forms

Isi’s Creative Process: Giving Children the Freedom to Create as Children


The creative process needs time. This is true for all, no matter what your age or your area of expertise.
Isi is 4 years old. She loves to work with clay. This particular shape was the first step to a special creation, all of her own. She spent about an hour pounding, rolling, poking holes in the clay. The result is in the picture above. It did not seem much at the time, but she said it was a bridge and asked me to fire it.
I always trust my little artists, and have fired all sorts of little odd shapes they come up with. This is their original work. We need to respect it.


The picture above shows what Isi created the very next class. I just placed the first shape in front of her on the table, and she started working. If you look closely you will recognize her first shape repeated several times to create this sculpture.


This is the creature that lives inside her sculpture. Imagination is at play.

Isi liked looking at it from the side. So maybe, when she grows up, if she gets the chance, she will make a really big sculpture, to show us adults her point of view.


Isi’s creative path reminds me to respect the creative process of each child. Don’t impose the adult point of view. Let the child create with the freshness of her age.

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Posted in The Creative Process in Children 13 years, 2 months ago at 16:15.

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  1. Laura, gracias por dejar que esa creatividad crezca y por la paciencia y cariño que le das no solo a mis tres pequeñas artistas si no a cada uno de los niños que han tenido el privilegio de tomar alguna de tus clases. Te queremos mucho!

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