This is my favourite studio space at home. A notebook, my phone, a reclaimed wood table from a flea market and a manual typewriter that's as old as I am. There's just something about the clack of the keys that inspires my imagination. It's become a part of my daily routine of mindfulness and wellbeing, too. Facing the blank page for a few minutes and journalling manually, the old fashioned way. Making marks on a surface with ink.
When we facilitate the routines of journalling and writing with our students, it's like exercise for their imaginations. Journalling can be personal and private, but it can also reveal ideas for stories, essays, presentations and productions that have purpose and audience, as well. The process of daily exercise builds strength and strength builds confidence, which results in quality exhibitions of student artifacts, publications, presentations and productions that are visible to their audiences on the page, stage and screen.
So, whether it's on papyrus, parchment, paper or pixels, the best worksheet for developing creative confidence has always been the blank page. It doesn't seem to matter how digital we get, either. Almost every creative project or endeavour begins with some form of scribbling an idea on a surface.
The Knowledge Keepers of the plains made their marks on the living rock at Áísínaiʼpi (Writing-on-Stone) to capture their experiences for generations to come. This RockyDocs story shares the journey of some #rvsed teachers who learned on the Land, firsthand:
Learn more about the creative process and storytelling with your students in the Rocky View Studio WORKSHOP and this visual lesson, "Create by Writing":