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International Creativity Month
by Mel April 2nd 2010, 06:57 AM

Article featured in Avatar - Volume 3, Issue 7 (January 2010).

International Creativity Month
By Stephanie (Konstantine)

January is International Creativity Month, so what better way to start the month and New Year off than with an open and imaginative mind? Since there are many ways to use your imagination and be creative, why not start exploring now?

Creativity is important and itís all around you. It allows you to explore your own unique ideas and thoughts through various methods. It's not just through Ďconventionalí art that you express yourself, but through everyday actions as well, such as the way you style your hair or through the clothes that you wear. Itís a personal thing that you can share with others or keep to yourself.

Exploration is a vital part to becoming more creative and indulging in or finding new talent, and creativity can be a wonderful outlet for emotions, whether they are happy, sad, angry or anything else. Take the time to try out new ways of expression by using new methods of expression. Try out a new fine art form such as painting or writing, or a performing art, such as music or dance. All of these activities can be fun, therapeutic and a good way to meet new people.

Sometimes it may be a little difficult trying to find some inspiration and you may be stuck for ideas of where to start. If you are, here are some tips to get you started:

Think creatively! This may sound obvious, but itís an important thing to remember! You are expressing yourself, not anybody else, so what you're doing and what you classify art as is up to you. If youíre struggling with one idea, try and think outside of the box.

Get inspired! A very popular idea is to carry a notebook around with you and to jot down anything that sparks your imagination. If youíre a visual artist, carrying your camera around with you can also help. Go to new places and try out new things. Looking at other peopleís work can also be a great source for inspiration.

Go for it! Try not to worry about what youíre doing or what others may think. Donít over-think your ideas, either. Instead, take a leap and see how things turn out - they could go fantastically. Think positively about things!

Most importantly, remember to have fun with what youíre doing and take time to enjoy yourself!

Last edited by Mel; April 4th 2010 at 09:41 AM.
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