Do you think creativity can be taught? I think a little yes and a little no. What I'm 100 percent sure of, though, is that creativity is contagious, and that one creative person can inspire creativity in another. The more your kids are exposed to things like art, music, dance, and theater, the more likely they'll be to find a form of creativity they love.
My sons have fairly creative parents--my husband's a musician and actor, and I'm into music, photography, dance, crafts, and writing--but there's still only so much we can teach them at home. Starting when my older son was a teeny-tiny infant, we've always taken him along on our outings to places where we'd see creative people being creative, and in his four years so far, he's been to art galleries, children's museums, plays, puppet shows, two rinky-dink community chalk-art festivals, and countless music performances--everything from outdoor festivals to bar gigs (yes) to buskers playing for dollar bills on the street. Earlier this fall we went to a street fair and watched spraypaint artists create psychedelic murals, saw a group of b-boy dancers popping and locking on a square of cardboard, and heard a concert made up of a dozen pint-sized violinists.
If you want to expose your preschooler to the wide spectrum of art and artists out there, all you have to do is keep your eyes open for opportunities. You don't have to take your kids to the opera or a modern dance concert (although I grew up going to both and loved them), and you don't have to spend a lot of money either. Check local parenting magazines and websites for (free!) events in your area, and be especially on the lookout for activities that invite audience participation. (Drum circle, anyone?) Heck, letting your kid spend an afternoon with a friend who's a really good illustrator could inspire him to greatness.
The world is full of creative people--dancers, musicians, circus artists, nature artists, ice sculptors, glass blowers, maybe even the guy who makes pretty designs with the foam on your latte. Let your kid be a creative person too.
What kinds of creative people are inspiring your kids?