Thanks for your wonderful post about creative problem solving skills. I
agree that these are the real meat of teaching art. I've used two
excellent books on creative synthesis published by Davis Publications but
when I just looked in their current catalogue, they weren't there. You
might try calling them anyway--they have a toll free number: (800)
533-2847. I've also seen them in some other art supply catalogues (maybe
Sax?). I think one is called "Synergetics" and the other "Design
Synergetics"? (Sorry to be so vague but they are currently in storage).
Both are written by the same man--I think its somebody Rourke? If anyone
else has info on these books, please send it in!
Anyway, they were full of projects (with great pictures--mostly drawing and
collage) to teach these skills. The author also had a similar group of
words which he used to describe the creative problem solving process. The
projects were fun and unusual and I used many of them with my students.
Check it out.