Thursday, August 27, 2015

Teaching Creativity in the Art Room

I just found an excellent series on teaching creativity from the Iowa State University CELT department.

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."

Three Components of Creativity

If we think about this specifically for the visual arts there are three separate components that we need to teach in the art room.
  1. We need to teach students creative thinking skills.
  2. We need projects or topics to motivate and cultivate ideas for.
  3. 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. 

I've adapted the diagram for the art room:

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