Cubism and The Risk of Vulnerability: Part 2

Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.

Brene Brown

In a previous post, I shared my deep dive into professional risk-taking when I decided to introduce visual art into the classroom for the first time in twenty-four years as an educator. This is part of the transformation personal awakening that has followed.

As a class, through learning visual art techniques this fall, we have explored and connected with some big ass foundational shit:

How do I, as a learner, address perfectionism?

Why is being vulnerable necessary for true creativity?

If everyone is creative, what does it require to express that creativity?

Why is showing up and trying something new ‘courageous’?

With our courage awakened and our vulnerability exposed we dove headfirst into another small exploration into the simple beauty of pastel art.

Here are some of the kids in action, taking a risk, showing vulnerability, and being creative!

“I’m not very creative” doesn’t work. There’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity isn’t benign. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear.

Brene Brown


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