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The creative potential of genius

by rogerburnett , June 14, 2013—12:00 AM

Topics: painting, workshops

"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." Pablo Picasso

Research has shown that children are born with 98% the creative potential of genius. At eight years, their potential is 32% and by the age of thirteen, it is down to 10%. On average, an adult's creative potential is 2%.

While I resist teaching children how to draw and paint, I welcome opportunities to introduce them to art. Over the years, I have occasionally shared my work with schoolchildren. I painted today's picture - with running commentary - before a class of primary school children in the UK seventeen years ago.

The painting was brought to my attention a couple of days ago when a teacher at the school tracked me down to Dominica via a roundabout series of e-mails, to which the painting was attached. In a similar roundabout way, here I am back in the Caribbean remembering the winter's day in England when I showed a class of ten year olds, what a West Indian Market is all about.



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