Freedom of Imagination


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Polyphony2, by Paul Klee.

Paul Klee, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, is a wonderful example of a man who seemed to place no restrictions on his own creativity. The breadth of his visual work is simply astonishing; some paintings are so complex and unusual they seem as if they’ve originated from an entirely other plane of existence. Others are extremely simple; basic grid patterns or washes of colour.

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Fire in the Evening, by Paul Klee

The example of Paul Klee is but one example of how artists lead us to look at life in different ways and to consider new possibilities through the art they create. This is one of the great gifts of creative freedom.

Having the freedom to explore and interpret the world in our own unique ways allows us to ‘draw’ our own conclusions. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to create art.

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This amazing painting is by a Grade 2 student at Wm. Burgess PS in Toronto. Freedom of imagination on display. Beautiful!

– Matthew Giffin

Welcome to the Storyvalues Blog


It is increasingly rare, in this image saturated, test-score obsessed era, for children to have the opportunity to follow their instincts and arrive at their own creative conclusions.

Yet that is precisely what is needed to empower and enable them to rise to their full creative potential, so that they may thrive as adults in what will certainly be an era of greater creative expectation and possibility.

In a fundamental way, the ability to be creative, to imaginatively interact with the world in which we live, establishes how we see ourselves and our role in working and living with others.

Using Storyvalues, students, parents and educators can  experience stories, images and sounds from around the world and interact with ideas that inspire expression of personal and cooperative creativity.

  • See and play samples of the diverse musical instruments featured in the recordings.
  • Become aware of how music, words and voice can join to create a unified expression.
  • Take part in story-based follow up activities that increase comprehension and listening skills.
  • Gain insight into how people of every culture share the traditions of music and storytelling.