ative urge expression is satisfied in different ways for different people - writing a poem, developing a story, telling a story, painting a landscape, making a piece of furniture, constructing a telescope, baking a pie, organizing a club, developing a new bit of strategy in the sports contest, writing a song, and creating a new dance.
The area of hobbies is one of the greatest potential sources for satisfying the creative urge. It has become increasingly important as creative expression opportunities decline in many job. Every hobby offers some chance for creative expression but some are richer in their offerings. In a hobby which has creativeness as its major emphasis collective, educational, and performing benefits are also present.
A suggested list of creative hobbies follows:
Woodworking: Furniture, lathework, wood finishing, wooden models of trains, boats, and planes, childrens toys.
Sculpture: Soap, wood, plaster, clay, stone.
Puppetry: Making the puppets, building the stage, writing the script, presenting the play.
Leatherwork: Making articles such as bookcovers, handbags, belts; decorating leather, stamping, embossing, carving, flat modeling.
Photography: Used as an art medium to produce portraits, scenes, action shots; still life in black and white or color; developing the art of taking pictures; processing and printing, and enlarging stills, movie - black and white, color; amateur movie production; slides and transparencies.
4.4 Educational Hobbies.
Hobbies which emphasize the acquisition of knowledge and the leaning of skills cover a large variety of activities. Most of the hobbies listed under Collection and Creative serve as examples for educational hobbies when the participant makes them so. The educational hobbies provide many opportunities for exploring and adventure in a wide scope of activities. Very often a persons hobby will be pursued for both collective educational satisfaction, or performing and educational satisfactions. These combinations are natural and complement each other.
A suggested list of educational hobbies is presented to indicate the scope. These the pursued individually, or in classes, or clubs.
Ornithology: Study of birds, their habits, calls, migrations, effect on natures cycle. Astronomy: Study of stars, planets, relationship of celestial phenomena to the earth, falling star plotting, lore related to constellations.
Meteorology: Study of weather, clouds, rainfall, storms, wind.
Music: Leaning to play instruments and sing, music appreciation, study of composers, history of music and instruments, study of types of music, relationship of music with peoples culture.
Arts and crafts: Leaning skills in the various media such as paint, metal, textiles, wood, photography, plastics; study of design artists, art periods; art appreciation, and art in its relation to peoples culture and economy.
Sport: Leaning to perform in athletics; study of specific sports, their history, the star performers, and records; developing hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, sailing, riflery, and archery skills; study of history of sports and its development.
4.5 Performing Hobbies
These hobby interests are based on the used of body skills. They include the sports skills, music skills, arts and crafts skills, camping skills and other. To understand this hobby category one must recognize that many persons seek their satisfaction in performing with and for others. The range of activities in music, arts and crafts, and drama has been illustrated by the other categories. This category recognize those areas as performing hobby sources.
Some specific examples of performing hobbies include: hiking, swimming, roller skating, hunting, fishing, dancing, camping, baseball, football, bowling, boxing, chess, checkers, orchestras, horseback riding, fencing, canoeing, boating, sailing, golf, tennis, wrestling, acrobatics, choirs, and magic.
5. Promotion hobby interests
Factors Related to Hobby Participants.
In the promotion of hobby interests needs and characteristics of the various age levels must be kept in mind. Some illustrations of applying these to hobby participation are presented as follows: Age Factors.
In collection hobbies the child collects bottle tops, campaign buttons, comic books, stones, toads, dolls clothing. The collection of these seems to be based on no logical purpose.
This is the age of exploration in all categories of hobbies. Children move from one hobby to another. Their span of interest is short.
Childs participation in hobby is on a very elementary level.
Most children have a simple collection hobby.
Interest in educational hobbies does not seem evident.
Performing activities have great appeal at this age.
Youths hobbies become more discriminating.
Not all youths continue collecting hobbies.
There are fewer changes from one hobby to another.
Youth often use hobby pursuits to discover career interest.
Youth seeks greater opportunities to relate hobby interest with clubs and groups.
Youth wants to engage in performing hobbies.
At this age the foundation is laid for possible educational hobbies which are pursed in adulthood.
Their hobby interest are specialized.
They need the hobby more than in their earlier years.
They seek to express themselves through their hobby interests.
They pursue their hobby more seriously.
They join hobby clubs because they want to share their interest.
5.3 Older Folks
They have more leisure than adults and their hobby becomes a way to make life meaningful.
They use a hobby as a means of making adjustment to retirement.
They enjoy hobbies that require study and offer creative opportunities.
They want hobbies that give them a chance to receive recognition.
6. Advises for hobbyists.
6.1 How Hobbyists Become Interested
The following represent means of helping individuals get started on a hobby:
- Parents, grandparents, or friends give instruction, guidance, and encouragement.
- A gift received starts the person on his hobby.
- Children and youth get their hobby ideas while in school or while participating in an agency program.
- Camp programs arouse interest.
- Some hobbies are an outgrowth of vacations.
- Some hobbyists get started by attending classes in instruction in crafts, music, radio, speech, etc.
- Some persons become interested through seeing a hobbyist in action.
- Others are stimulated while visiting a hobby show or an arts and crafts display.
- Some are interested as a result of trips to museums. Libraries, and parks.
- Reading magazine articles and books arouses the interest of some people.
- Listening to a talk on a hobby or hobbies start some people on their interest.
- Talks on radio or demonstration on television start some folks on their hobby.
6.2 How To Get Started - Suggestions to the Individual
- Talk to other persons pursuing same hobby.
- Read books and magazines on hobbies.
- If necessary attend classes for instruction.
- Visit hobby show exhibits.
- Check on source of supplies.
- If a collection hobby is selected limit the collection and begin at once to classify collection.
- Join a hobby club.
- Go to the library, museum, recreation and other agencies.
- Start on a hobby in a small way.
- Subscribe to a magazine specializing in the hobby selections.
6.3 How To Stimulate Hobby Interest
The recreation agency can help the potential hobbyist as well as the person who has a hobby. For the beginner it can expose him to activities that may lead up to hobby selections.
6.4 How To Help the Beginner
- Provide classes on beginning arts and crafts, photography, music and drama.
- Provide classes in hobby exploration.
- Have displays featuring hobbies.
- Advise the beginner of resources in the community such as library, schools, and hobby clubs.
- Plan trips to local points of interest.
- Provide talks by hobbyists.
- Organize hobby clubs for older adults who do not have hobbies.
- Use older adults hobbyists in teaching and guiding beginners.
6.5 How To Help the Hobbyist
- Provide space for hobby club to meet regularly. Help clubs by providing facilities and acquaint them with other resources.
- Provide special facilities and equipment that can be made available to hobbyists who cannot afford their own. Examples are;
- Photography room (dark room);
- Shop with hand power tools;
- Ceramics room and kiln;
- Room for radio amateurs;
- Field for operation of model planes.
- Arrange to exhibit hobbies in store windows.
- Sponsor hobby interviews on the radio and television.
- Sponsor a hobby show or fair. This requires much planning, organization and promotion.