Monday, September 19, 2016

Cultivating Creativity: Actively Setting Conditions

Cultivating Creativity
Actively setting conditions > Breadth Studio Activities
Goal Concept:
Understand and be able to cultivate creativity strategies and improve time management.

Access Prior Knowledge:
“The heart of all new ideas lies in borrowing, adding, combining or modifying of old ones.  Do it by accident and people call you lucky.  Do it by design and they’ll call you creative.”  
~ Michael LeBoeuf, in Imagineering

Instructional Strategy
  • Identify similarities and differences
Learning Activity
Dialogue > Add a Comment >

Instructional Strategy
  • Deepen Understanding
Learning Activity

New Information:
Cultivating Creativity
Once viewed as a sidenote, creativity and innovation have become highly valued in contemporary life.  The great thing is creativity can be learned and cultivated.  

Rather than waiting for inspiration we can actively set up the conditions that encourage and develop creative thinking.  Researchers have found the following characteristics in creative people.

Creative people are open to new ideas and welcome new experiences.  Listen more, talk less.  Larry King says, “I never learn anything new when I’m the one talking!.”

Artists bring curiosity to each project.  “How is this possible? Why does it work, How can it work better?”  Tinker with unfamiliar topics or unusual systems with wonder and awe.

Wide Range of Interest:
With a broad knowledge base, a creative person can make a wider range of connections.  For example, an artist who has a background interest in literature, geology, soccer, and music can make more connection than a narrow-minded specialist.  

Realizing that every experience is valuable, creative people pay attention to seemingly minor details which they then organize into complex patterns.  They look past the surface to discern underlying order and notice possibilities that others miss.

Connection Seeking:
Seeing similarity among disparate parts sparks creative breakthroughs. Make analogies and develop metaphors to capture and express ideas in new and inventive ways.

Since new ideas are often derived from old ideas, creative people value existing knowledge.  But because they also love change they constantly consider new possibilities and challenge the status quo.  

To be fully effective, a creative person needs to combine the rational with the intuitive.  While intuition may be used to generate a new idea, logic and analysis are often needed for its realization.  As a result, the actions of creative people are often complex or even contradictory.

The Design Process:
When confronted with a problem or the beginning of a project, the artist asks
  1. What is needed?
  2. What existing designs are similar to the design we need?
  3. What is the difference between the existing designs and the new design?
  4. How can we transform, combine, or expand these existing designs?

Learn More:

Art References:

Apply Knowledge and Skills:

Create > Studio Activity: Geometric Remix
The central idea of my concentration is to create art that re-works historical masterpiece using only geometric shapes.

Studio Activity: Select a reproduction of a representational masterpiece from art history.  Reinterpret the composition, but use only geometric and freeform shapes in place of the original shapes and forms.  Maintain the composition and proportions of the original work  

Trigger Mechanisms: Abstract, substitute, disguise

Materials: Paper, pencil, oil pastels, acrylics, rulers, compass

Visual Examples:

Create > Studio Activity: Art History Remix
The central idea of my concentration is to create art that Remixes historical masterpieces into original works.

Studio Activity: Select a painting, sculpture, or well-known image from art history as the source of your remix.  Re-do the work; update it, change colors, vandalize it, add or substitute characters, re-stage it in a photo.      

Trigger Mechanisms: Add, substitute, disguise

Materials: Paper, pencil, oil pastels, acrylics

Visual examples:

Create > Studio Activity:  Skeleton MasterpieceB-charcoal skeleton

Goal:  The central idea of my concentration is to create art that remixes historical masterpieces with an X-ray view of the subject(s).

Studio Activity: Select a figure drawing, painting or sculpture by a master artist from before 1900.  I recommend a work with one figure and minimal clothing so as to expose bone structure.  I must approve your choice.  Please include the artist’s name, title of the piece, media and date.  

The emphasis of this piece is getting the proportions accurate.  Accurately render the work lightly in vine charcoal.  Once the proportions are accurate, begin adding the bones inside the outline of the body.  I recommend referencing anatomy books, the science skeleton or the internet.  For the greatest effect, add as much detail in the skeleton as possible.  Develop your work, including the masterpiece’s background  in a full range of values. You may use a white charcoal pencil for highlights.     

Trigger Mechanisms: Add, substitute, disguise

Materials: Paper, vine charcoal, charcoal, white charcoal

Visual Examples:  Pinterest >

Create > Studio Activity: Collaborative Metamorphosis
Create work that shows progressive metamorphosis and utilizes collaboration.

Studio Activity: Print out an image from art history that is 10” tall.  Cut a 1” strip from the left side and keep it as your starting point.  Next cut a 1” strip from the right side and place it in the class bin.  Pick from the bin someone else’s right side strip and use it to create your ending point.  Put a new piece of drawing paper between the two 1” strips and invent the visual connection in between.  Ultimately we will connect all the works into a collaborative banner.  

Trigger Mechanisms: Add, invent, collaborate

Materials: Paper, pencil, marker, photocopies, Google Art Project >

Generalize, Publish and Reflect:
“Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources”  ~ Albert Einstein

Instructional Strategy
  • Evaluate the results
Learning Activity
Reflect > Should I go back and rework anything?
  • How did you combine art elements (line, color, shape, texture, value)  to develop art principles? (Unity/variety, balance, emphasis contrast, rhythm, proportion/scale, figure/ground relationship)
  • Where are the dominant shapes, forms, colors, or textures that carry expressive significance?
  • Why Is the work ordered and balanced or chaotic and disturbing?
  • What gives the work its uniqueness?
  • Is symbolism used in the work to convey meaning other than what one sees?
  • Does the work evoke any feelings?

Instructional Strategy
  • Providing Recognition
Learning Activity
Publish > Share your album to our G+Community > Concepts & Creations category
Display > Add your photos to the Event

Instructional Strategy
  • Providing Feedback
Learning Activity
Critique >
  • Give positive feedback > +1 every image that deserves it
  • Give peer feedback > Give 2 peer images a VTS critique >
Self-assess >