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Re: artsednet-digest V2 #1153

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Mon, 11 Jan 1999 17:53:57 EST

I taught art for 20 years and in between taught business for 8 years. I
stressed creativity (creative thinking) in both areas of study. To me it is
an ability to look at a situation, analyze the situation, come up with a
variety of solutions or alternatives and then to apply the best of those
solutions or alternatives. In business we applied it to economics, business
law, personal finances, career planning, etc. In art we look at the
assignment, brainstorm possible alternatives to fulfilling the assignment,
pick the most aesthetically satisfying solution to the assignment and then
apply that to the final work of art. This is a very basic summation of the
processes that are involved with creative thinking. My experience has shown
me that creativity is a "skill" that can be nurtured like any other skill.
Regretfully, that in not generally done in most educational settings. I teach
my students how to brainstorm ideas and solutions. I don't settle for the
obvious solutions and challenge them to go beyond there first ideas so that
their solutions are individually their own that no body else will come up
with. It isn't easy but I feel it's necessary.