Cultivating creativity is such an abstract, nuanced process. People’s thought processes may be different, and how they energize their factory of ideas in their mind may vary from one person to the next. For parents and students who are trying to find the best boarding school art program around, knowing that there will be a designated creative space for students to cultivate their creativity is essential.
Physical Space and Tools of the Trade
There is, of course, a practical side to the need for a well-equipped studio arts building. Whether your passion is painting or photography, you’re going to need room to make messes, create a physical clutter of ideas and works-in-progress, and utilize specialized tools of the trade. Broadening your paint palette or experimenting with different painting techniques can require plenty of elbow room. Wasatch Academy has an entire studio arts building set aside to store the wide variety of specialized tools needed for painting, drawing, photography, sculpture making, woodworking, and pottery. We equip our students to succeed.
A facility dedicated to equipping students in their creative pursuits, and which allows them to put their work on display as it progresses, is of the utmost importance in the creative process. It isn’t about comparing your work to someone else’s—it’s about getting a spark of inspiration and fresh ideas by constantly being exposed to the work of peers. A campus creative studio lets art students, whether they’re serious about their craft or just wanting to learn something new, come together in one place where their work can be openly shared even as it progresses towards completion. Technically and stylistically, but also in the realm of idea generating, this open sharing can help students learn and grow that much more in their artistic and creative pursuits.
Art is meant to be experienced by others. A creative studio that gives students room to create, as well as to share their works-in-progress with each other, is cultivating an environment and a culture of open communication, asking questions, deeper pursuit, and ultimately greater empathy and understanding between people who may be very different from each other. Providing this space and this opportunity for students not only allows them to grow in their technical abilities, but it nurtures them to grow into more caring and empathetic individuals.
A Ward Against Blocked Creativity
When you are struggling to come up with an idea for your next project, and yet you are in a building surrounded by unique physical features in itself, with walls littered with original work of every kind—it’s hard to get stuck in a creativity rut. If a student starts to feel like they don’t know where to go next, or what should be the theme of their next project, in a proper studio they can just take a walk around the room and take in the creativity already surrounding them. This can help spark them out of a rut, so that they can dive deep that much faster into their next creative work.
Physical Space and Mental Habit
If you repeat a particulartype of process in the same physical place, it can set up thought patterns in your brain. For instance, if a student regularly stays up late working on a paper, and they happen to sit in their bed while they do it, this can actually make it more difficult for the brain to switch from high functioning to being at rest when a student is just getting in bed to sleep for the night. The same concept applies to a creative space. The more often you enter a creative mental space when you are in the same physical location, the easier it can be to regularly enter into that space whenever you return to that physical location. As strange as this may sound, it can lend to students greater productivity, as well as diving more richly into an idea or a creative process whenever you do enter that mental space.
Creativity is such a strange, beautiful creature. At Wasatch Academy, we believe in providing students in our boarding school art program an entire art studio dedicated to being a creative space for them to grow. To learn more about what our art programs have to offer, and any specific course offerings, feel free to contact us today and see why Wasatch Academy is an excellent option as a Visual and Performing Arts Boarding High School.