I do a lot of creative work in different schools over the course of each passing year and I am witness to some immensely fabulous talent on a constant basis.
Young people have such magnificent imaginations and amazingly creative ideas. They generally pursue these ideas without fear of failure. They step forward without the worry that they might not be doing it right or indeed without a thought that they might get it wrong. Without any anxiety, they vigorously march forward with their conceptions and create amazing characters, creatures, scenarios, stories, situations, worlds etc.
It is a pleasure to behold.
Recently a group of year 3 students from Gomersal Primary School created a character, each taking their inspiration from my work.
This was not a project that I was involved with at all apart from that fact that it was my work that was used as the catalyst for their fantastic creativity.
Upon visiting the school I was told about this project and was able to talk to the young people that had created these fab images. They kindly gave me permission to photograph the work in order to make this blog post.
Inspiring young people to use their imaginations and to have fun in the process fills me with an enormous amount of pride and purpose. Being able to impart the things that I have learned over the years and seeing young people connect, engage and run with their own ideas is something that I will never tire of.
All that said, I have to admit that the inspiration that I get from working creatively along side young people, is absolutely priceless!
These are the creations that the year 3 students at Gomersal came up with.
They are AWESOME!