Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1526/1530–1569)

Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1526/1530–1569): a study of people playing.

What is play? How does it enrich our lives?  How does it enhance creativity, art-making and learning? The Institute of Playful Beings is a mobile research center that explores the intricacies, the complex-simplicity, fun and importance of play for people of all ages.  We hold workshops and other events that are designed to stimulate and further play theory.  For more information, please email info@playfulbeings.com.

Play is an intrinsic behavior of a child. It is a skill that is innate in everyone. Likewise, it is in our nature to make things. Art is this making and desire to represent, symbolize and create ideas or experiences outside of ourselves. But, too often Play and Art are experiences and behaviors in our childhood that dissipate over the years. As adults, we often discourage playing at certain moments of the day, as we try to teach our children how to relate to the real world. As a parent, we can understand the benefits of teaching our little ones how to turn play on and off, but what happens to our playful nature in the future? All too often, it disappears! For whatever the reason our playfulness and art making wane, it is an extreme loss.

Play and Art need to come back to our lives as a natural attitude and behavior that is not bound by home or school AND seen as the fuel for our individual creative processes. This creative process will support our children in any form of adulthood they seek in their future. Play and Art will celebrate the child in all of us and nurture our future inventors, thinkers, and confident individuals.