I.H. Guthrie  |  The importance of creativity in education and society for young people

Youth author for the promotion of creativity in youth society and education I.H. Guthrie.

 A conversation about the proactive role arts play in inspiring and building youth confidence and a sense of positive self-worth and identity.

 “A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life.” Elizabeth Gilbert


 I am proud to introduce to our platform the voice of our newest editor I.H. Guthrie.  I.H.s role on our platform will be to share, illuminate, encourage, and communicate, the truly beneficial reasons for integrating more deeply creativity in all aspects of social and academic learning.

 I.H. will be bringing to our platform each quarterly edition a collection of voices and exhibitions that have made in-roads to encouraging self- determination and confidence by interacting with the creativity of others. Works of arts which lead to supporting both emotional and physical confidence, building on and celebrating creativity.

 Editor. I.H. Guthrie.

 Hi! I am I.H. and I would like to start by expressing how thankful I am to have been given this opportunity to share and explore what I believe are the proactive effects the arts have in developing self-confidence and emotional well-being.

 When I’m being creative, working on my paintings, I feel relaxed. I believe expressing feelings through art is one of the most effective ways to let go, to tell a story that has never been told before. I can make mistakes and be proud of my achievements at the same time! When I am being creative, I can be me!

 In my first editorial I would like to share why creativity is so important to me.  I enjoy all the arts and particularly painting. My work most recently has been creating portraits with butterflies representing my inner feelings.

Why I paint butterflies in the eyes of my paintings:

Definition: Butterflies represent powerful and profound meanings of life. The insects are metaphors for life, hope, change, transformation, spiritual rebirth, and mystery symbolism.

 What do butterflies symbolize in paintings?

 Written in China in around 300 BC, Zhuang Zhou Dreams of Being a Butterfly is one of the most famous stories connected with the religion and philosophy of Daoism. It became a key inspiration for later Chinese and Japanese artists who represented butterflies: 

Once, Zhuang Zhou dreamed he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering about, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know that he was Zhuang Zhou. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuang Zhou. But he didn't know if he was Zhuang Zhou who had dreamt, he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming that he was Zhuang Zhou.

To close, I thought I would share in this edition my six most important reasons to acknowledge your creativity. 

  • Creativity allows us to reflect on current feelings and develop our personality and our bigger picture.
  • Creativity helps measure and monitor personal development, style and skill and supports building our creative reputation.
  • Creativity helps us evolve with confidence and self-worth.
  • Creativity reminds us that we are talented, and we can build on our confidence every day.
  • Creativity leads to positive reinforcement and the continuing building of our well-being.
  • Creativity helps our ability to positively share our identity with others around us.

Thanks for reading, i will writing again very soon!