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  • Jot down a few beliefs that you hold about creativity
  • Jot down a few beliefs that you hold about creativity
  • 2000-3000 drawings, paintings and prints. 1907 He took the two day entrance exam for the academy's school of painting. Confident and self assured, he awaited the result, quite sure he would get in. But failure struck him like a bolt of lightning. His test drawings were judged unsatisfactory and he was not admitted. Hitler was badly shaken by this rejection. He went back to the academy to get an explanation and was told his drawings showed a lack of talent for artistic painting, notably a lack of appreciation of the human form.
  • Jot down a few beliefs that you hold about creativity
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  • Michelangelo Buonarroti, "The Torment of Saint Anthony" (ca. 1487–1488). Oil and tempera on panel. 18 1/2 × 13 3/4 inches. Aged 12-13. At age 6 he apprenticed with a stone cutter.
  • Weegee was an artist — a photographer — based in New York, USA. I later found out that he was born in Poland as Arthur Fellig, and that he died in 1968.
  • Weegee was an artist — a photographer — based in New York, USA. I later found out that he was born in Poland as Arthur Fellig, and that he died in 1968.
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  • Foundations creativity

    1. 1. title CREATIVITY FOR CREATIVE MINDS An Interdisciplinary Look at Creativity Dr. Lori Kent
    2. 2. INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION Paul Chan “My birds…trash…the future” (2006) detail
    3. 3. Assumption META COGNITION <ul><li>Thinking about thinking </li></ul><ul><li>By being aware of processes of </li></ul><ul><li>one’s own best thinking one can </li></ul><ul><li>further perfect thinking… </li></ul>
    4. 4. Who are we as creative people… how do we function ?
    5. 5. GOALS GOALS
    6. 6. Goal: <ul><li>To introduce a </li></ul><ul><li>brief history of </li></ul><ul><li>idea-making </li></ul>
    7. 7. Goal: <ul><li>To overview the </li></ul><ul><li>creative </li></ul><ul><li>contexts of 21c </li></ul><ul><li>visual arts </li></ul>
    8. 8. Goal: <ul><li>To look at </li></ul><ul><li>attributes of </li></ul><ul><li>creativity </li></ul>
    9. 9. Goal: <ul><li>To offer methods </li></ul><ul><li>for maximizing </li></ul><ul><li>creativity… </li></ul>
    10. 10. SOME DEFINITIONS SOME DEFINITIONS
    11. 11. What is creativity ?
    12. 12. cre • a • tiv • i • ty From the Latin creatus meaning “to make or produce” or literally “to grow”
    13. 13. cre • a • tiv • i • ty The term did not come into popular parlance until…
    14. 14. The 1950s when it was popularized by psychologists
    15. 15. cre • a • tiv • i • ty “ [human’s] capacity to produce new ideas, insights, inventions or artistic objects, which are accepted of being of social, spiritual, aesthetic, scientific, or technological value.” - Dictionary of Developmental and Educational Psychology (1986)
    16. 17. What are some common misconceptions ?
    17. 18. General Views of Creativity <ul><li>Life would be really bad without it </li></ul><ul><li>Genius and talent are essential to being a creative person </li></ul><ul><li>It’s the main thing that differentiates art from other practices, such as business </li></ul><ul><li>It comes from a mysterious place deep inside of a person </li></ul>
    18. 19. General Views of Creativity <ul><li>Life would be really bad without it </li></ul><ul><li>Genius and talent are essential to being a creative person </li></ul><ul><li>It’s the main thing that differentiates art from other practices, such as business </li></ul><ul><li>It comes from a mysterious place deep inside of a person </li></ul>
    19. 20. General Views of Creativity <ul><li>Life would be really bad without it </li></ul><ul><li>Genius and talent are essential to being a creative person </li></ul><ul><li>It’s the main thing that differentiates art from other practices, such as business </li></ul><ul><li>It comes from a mysterious place deep inside of a person </li></ul>
    20. 21. General Views of Creativity
    21. 22. General Views of Creativity <ul><li>Life would be really bad without it </li></ul><ul><li>Genius and talent are essential to being a creative person </li></ul><ul><li>It’s the main thing that differentiates art from other practices, such as business </li></ul><ul><li>It comes from a mysterious place deep inside of a person </li></ul>
    22. 23. General Views of Creativity <ul><li>Life would be really bad without it </li></ul><ul><li>Genius and talent are essential to being a creative person </li></ul><ul><li>It’s the main thing that differentiates art from other practices, such as business </li></ul><ul><li>It comes from a mysterious place deep inside of a person </li></ul>
    23. 24. General Views of Creativity <ul><li>Life would be really bad without it </li></ul><ul><li>Genius and talent are essential to being a creative person </li></ul><ul><li>It’s the main thing that differentiates art from other practices, such as business </li></ul><ul><li>It comes from a mysterious place deep inside of a person </li></ul>
    24. 26. Teaching Creativity to the Creative ? ? ? ? <ul><li>Artists perpetuate myths about creativity (for example, art students who think depression = talent, also known as the “Van Gogh’s Ear Syndrome”) </li></ul>
    25. 28. Teaching Creativity to the Creative ? ? ? ? <ul><li>Over a lifetime, adults build defenses that inhibit creative thinking. </li></ul>
    26. 30. Teaching Creativity to the Creative ? ? ? ? <ul><li>Artists are not necessary creative * </li></ul>
    27. 32. Who is the creative genius? Picasso? or Braque?
    28. 33. Was Picasso an innovator…?
    29. 34. … even though Cezanne broke the illusion of the Renaissance window many years before the invention of Cubism?
    30. 35. Continuities Discontinuities Weisberg’s Creativity: Beyond the Myth of Genius
    31. 37. W.A. Mozart C.P.E. Bach
    32. 38. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i-SzzhUtws
    33. 39. The Seven Year Rule Weisberg’s Creativity: Beyond the Myth of Genius
    34. 40. Michelangelo Buonarroti (aged 12-13)
    35. 41. CREATIVITY THRU THE AGES CREATIVITY THROUGH THE AGES
    36. 42. Not much is known about prehistoric conceptions of creativity… Some things must have been perceived as creative such as the creation myths that were passed from one generation to another.
    37. 43. Some argue that the invention of time caused an awareness in mortality that made art particularly important. Art and creative acts were a means of being immortal. Ancient art forms were linked to spiritual practices. In addition, creative objects added beauty to otherwise harsh lives and improved things in other ways…
    38. 44. <ul><li>Imagine the initial discovery that clay hardened in fire… then think about the course of functional and aesthetic improvements that followed. </li></ul><ul><li>Lucie-Smith, The Story of Craft </li></ul>
    39. 45. Throughout early Western history… certain motifs, stylizations and themes must have been perceived as beautiful or valuable because they were perpetuated.
    40. 46. It can be argued that some artists exhibited breakthrough thinking…
    41. 47. <ul><li>But they were influenced by a rigid cultural context. Artistic creation was restricted in its content, technologies, forms, and values until the age of modernism. </li></ul>
    42. 48. Today , we look at models of creative behavior from many years ago despite the fact that we live in very different worlds .
    43. 49. CREATIVITY THRU THE AGES CREATIVITY IN A CONTEMPORARY CONTEXT
    44. 50. Today, we live in a (post) postmodern age.
    45. 51. Today, we live in a (post) postmodern age Contemporary art reflects the cultural context(s) of postmodernism
    46. 52. postmodernism is pluralistic eclectic reflexive de-constructed and de-centered
    47. 53. which makes cultural production much more complicated
    48. 54. Contemporary Creation
    49. 55. Vik Muniz
    50. 56. Vik Muniz
    51. 58. Tom Friedman
    52. 59. Tom Friedman
    53. 60. Tom Friedman
    54. 61. Tom Friedman
    55. 62. Tara Donovan
    56. 63. Tara Donovan
    57. 64. Tara Donovan
    58. 65. Tara Donovan
    59. 66. Tara Donovan
    60. 67. Michael Lucero
    61. 69. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul8kgtiD4yg
    62. 70. Hans Belmer
    63. 71. Henry Darger
    64. 72. Douglas Gordon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1jkoMfPa40
    65. 73. Weegee
    66. 74. Michelangelo Pistoletto
    67. 75. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF9- sEbqDvU
    68. 76. ATTRITBUTES OF CREATIVIVE THINKERS BELIEFS ABOUT CREATIVITY
    69. 77. EXPERTS AGREE <ul><li>Creativity should be viewed not in terms of individual genius thinking, but as a “dynamic… evolving system that is developmental, pluralistic, and interactive.” (John-Steiner, Gruber, Feldman) </li></ul><ul><li>In other words…creativity does not stay still </li></ul>
    70. 78. EXPERTS AGREE <ul><li>Thinking strategies that are important to being creative are… </li></ul>
    71. 79. THINKING… <ul><li>1. “Breaking set” or breaking out of old patterns. </li></ul>
    72. 81. THINKING… <ul><li>2.Understanding complexities. </li></ul>
    73. 82. motherboard
    74. 83. THINKING… <ul><li>3.Suspending judgment. </li></ul><ul><li>(particularly in brainstorming) </li></ul>
    75. 84. Statue of justice
    76. 85. THINKING… <ul><li>4.Keeping options open as long as possible. </li></ul>
    77. 86. Long road
    78. 87. THINKING… <ul><li>5.Thinking broadly and seeing relationships. </li></ul>
    79. 89. THINKING… <ul><li>6. Remembering accurately. </li></ul>
    80. 91. THINKING… <ul><li>7. Perceiving freshly. </li></ul>
    81. 94. THINKING… <ul><li>8.Using “tricks”. </li></ul><ul><li>(making the familiar strange and the strange familiar, playing with ideas, investigating paradoxes, etc) </li></ul>
    82. 96. ATTRITBUTES OF CREATIVIVE THINKERS ATTRIBUTES OF CREATIVE THINKERS
    83. 97. THE CREATIVE <ul><li>are • tolerate of ambiguity </li></ul><ul><li>•  naive </li></ul><ul><li>• nonconformists </li></ul><ul><li>•  intuitive </li></ul><ul><li>• ambitious, driven </li></ul><ul><li>• intrinsically motivated </li></ul><ul><li>•  competent in their domain </li></ul><ul><li>• prefer complexity </li></ul>
    84. 98. THE CREATIVE <ul><li>are • tolerate of ambiguity </li></ul><ul><li>•  naïve, yet knowledgeable </li></ul><ul><li>• nonconformists </li></ul><ul><li>•  intuitive </li></ul><ul><li>• ambitious, driven </li></ul><ul><li>• intrinsically motivated </li></ul><ul><li>•  competent in their domain </li></ul><ul><li>•  prefer complexity </li></ul>
    85. 99. THE CREATIVE <ul><li>are • tolerate of ambiguity </li></ul><ul><li>•  naïve, yet knowledgeable </li></ul><ul><li>• nonconformists </li></ul><ul><li>•  intuitive </li></ul><ul><li>• ambitious, driven </li></ul><ul><li>• intrinsically motivated </li></ul><ul><li>•  competent in their domain </li></ul><ul><li>•  prefer complexity </li></ul>
    86. 100. THE CREATIVE <ul><li>are • tolerate of ambiguity </li></ul><ul><li>•  naïve, yet knowledgeable </li></ul><ul><li>• nonconformists </li></ul><ul><li>•  intuitive </li></ul><ul><li>• ambitious, driven </li></ul><ul><li>• intrinsically motivated </li></ul><ul><li>•  competent in their domain </li></ul><ul><li>•  prefer complexity </li></ul>
    87. 101. THE CREATIVE <ul><li>are • tolerate of ambiguity </li></ul><ul><li>•  naïve, yet knowledgeable </li></ul><ul><li>• nonconformists </li></ul><ul><li>•  intuitive </li></ul><ul><li>• ambitious, driven </li></ul><ul><li>• intrinsically motivated </li></ul><ul><li>•  competent in their domain </li></ul><ul><li>•  prefer complexity </li></ul>
    88. 102. THE CREATIVE <ul><li>are • tolerate of ambiguity </li></ul><ul><li>•  naïve, yet knowledgeable </li></ul><ul><li>• nonconformists </li></ul><ul><li>•  intuitive </li></ul><ul><li>• ambitious, driven </li></ul><ul><li>• intrinsically motivated </li></ul><ul><li>•  competent in their domain </li></ul><ul><li>•  prefer complexity </li></ul>
    89. 103. THE CREATIVE <ul><li>are • tolerate of ambiguity </li></ul><ul><li>•  naïve, yet knowledgeable </li></ul><ul><li>• nonconformists </li></ul><ul><li>•  intuitive </li></ul><ul><li>• ambitious, driven </li></ul><ul><li>• intrinsically motivated </li></ul><ul><li>•  competent in their domain </li></ul><ul><li>•  prefer complexity </li></ul>
    90. 104. THE CREATIVE <ul><li>•  tolerate of ambiguity </li></ul><ul><li>•  naïve, yet knowledgeable </li></ul><ul><li>• nonconformists </li></ul><ul><li>•  intuitive </li></ul><ul><li>• ambitious, driven </li></ul><ul><li>• intrinsically motivated </li></ul><ul><li>•  competent in their domain </li></ul><ul><li>•  prefer complexity </li></ul>
    91. 105. BEING MORE CREATIVE BECOMING MORE CREATIVE
    92. 106. COMMON CREATIVE BLOCKS Be aware of
    93. 107. Emotional Blocks: Fear, Sadness, etc.
    94. 108. Political Oppression and Legal Restrictions
    95. 109. Discrimination and Racism
    96. 110. Religious and Cultural Blocks
    97. 111. TIPS <ul><li>To enhance creativity . </li></ul>
    98. 112. TIPS <ul><li>Create your own rituals. </li></ul>
    99. 113. TIPS <ul><li>Create your own ideal conditions. </li></ul>
    100. 114. 1 Draw or describe your ideal working conditions for creativity.
    101. 115. TIPS <ul><li>Use background music. </li></ul>
    102. 116. 2 Is there a musical artist, genre or song that inspires you to create?
    103. 117. TIPS <ul><li>Know your domain or field. </li></ul>
    104. 118. 3 What do you know the most about?
    105. 119. TIPS <ul><li>Maintain a high level of passion. </li></ul>
    106. 120. TIPS <ul><li>Form a support group. Converse. </li></ul>
    107. 121. TIPS <ul><li>Seek out the new. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Travel is the midwife of thought.” - Alain de Botton </li></ul>
    108. 122. 4 When was the last time your thought “wow! that’s new! ? Describe.
    109. 123. TIPS <ul><li>Laugh. </li></ul><ul><li>How many art students does it take to screw in a light bulb? </li></ul><ul><li>-only one…and she gets three credits for it! </li></ul>
    110. 124. 5 Write down a joke.
    111. 126. TIPS <ul><li>Cultivate solitude. </li></ul>
    112. 127. 6 How long was the most time that you have consecutively spent alone?
    113. 128. TIPS <ul><li>Intersect disciplines and ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Functional Fixedness </li></ul>
    114. 129. 7 With a partner, make a list of ALL of the possible uses for the object you have been given.
    115. 130. TIPS <ul><li>See old things in new ways. </li></ul>
    116. 131. ART AND FEAR <ul><li>Part of artmaking is… </li></ul><ul><li>Learning how </li></ul><ul><li>not to quit. </li></ul>Section on art and fear
    117. 132. ART AND FEAR <ul><li>Part of artmaking is… </li></ul><ul><li>Finding a support </li></ul><ul><li>group. </li></ul>Section on art and fear
    118. 133. ART AND FEAR <ul><li>Part of artmaking is… </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing on imagination </li></ul><ul><li>and vision. </li></ul>Section on art and fear
    119. 134. ART AND FEAR <ul><li>Part of artmaking is… </li></ul><ul><li>Getting in touch </li></ul><ul><li>with materials. </li></ul>Section on art and fear
    120. 135. ART AND FEAR <ul><li>Part of artmaking is… </li></ul><ul><li>Living with </li></ul><ul><li>uncertainty. </li></ul>Section on art and fear
    121. 136. ART AND FEAR <ul><li>Some Wisdom </li></ul><ul><li>The function of the </li></ul><ul><li>overwhelming majority of </li></ul><ul><li>your artwork is to simply </li></ul><ul><li>teach you about the small </li></ul><ul><li>fraction of your work </li></ul><ul><li>that soars. </li></ul>Section on art and fear
    122. 137. ART AND FEAR <ul><li>Some Wisdom </li></ul><ul><li>You learn how to </li></ul><ul><li>make your artwork </li></ul><ul><li>by making your artwork. </li></ul>Section on art and fear
    123. 138. THE END <ul><li>Create. Solve Problems. Add some beauty to the world. Find Problems. Be curious about everything. Cultivate joy…. </li></ul>

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