I just found an excellent series on teaching creativity from the Iowa State University CELT department. http://www.celt.iastate.edu/teaching-resources/classroom-practice/teaching-techniques-strategies/creativity/
I particularly like this diagram which shows 3 components of creativity which they took from Adams, K. “Sources of innovation and creativity: A summary of the research."
If we think about this specifically for the visual arts there are three separate components that we need to teach in the art room.
- We need to teach students creative thinking skills.
- We need projects or topics to motivate and cultivate ideas for.
- We need to develop students' expertise in the visual arts, which includes: skills to create meaningful art, and some context of what has been done before and what is going on now in the art world.