My background is in visual arts, music, theater, business and
chemistry. I spent a number of years working in the art education
community and now run a business called CreativEnergy providing
training, video and strategic development for the creative products
industry. Among others, we've done a great deal of work for Winsor &
Newton, including their encyclopedic website.
Beginning in 1985, I began doing peripheral research into the creative
process and became convinced that it is teachable. Or, more correctly,
that it resides within each of us and can be cultivated, regardless of
age or experience.
I also became convinced that the creative process doesn't reside solely
within the domain of the arts. Great creative thought -- whether it be
in physics, chemistry, business, painting, music, or literature -- comes
from the same place. The process by which we create is the same in any
discipline; it is merely the final form that differs.
I wrote a paper detailing this idea in 1993 during my art ed studies.
If you'd like a copy, I'd be happy to email it to you. It certainly
includes a number of sources that you might find helpful: Gardner,
Dewey, Descartes, et al.
In return, I'd like to see a copy of your paper. If you visit my
website, you'll see that I teach programs to businesses, including a
program on the creative process called "Creative Burst(tm)." If you
come up with some cool, new stuff, I'll want to see it and perhaps refer
to it with credit to you.
I have also just finished writing a feature article for 'The Artist's
Magazine' on the creative process for visual artists. I don't yet know
when it's scheduled to appear, but it outlines how artists can take
advantage of other interests to inject new creative life into their
work. It's stuff that would certainly be suitable for students, as
Best of luck! You're tackling something that is hugely challenging but
richly rewarding, as well. I'm excited to see what you create!