Week 9

“On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes”

This article states that creativity is not only something new but also something that has value. This is different than what we talked about in my creativity class, we called it innovation when discussing value. Goes to show that there are many different ways to define both words. Children said that they were most creative in class when given the freedom to explore and not have to seek right or wrong answers. It is important for teachers to create room for kids to express themselves and be free to create something new! Our creative ideas come from the same part of the brain as our feelings and emotions do. Connecting to our body is a huge part of being creative according to Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, a professor at USC’s Rossier School of Education. To reach the perfect balance in the brain were creativity can be achieved is called flow, sort of like what athletes would call being in the zone. Freedom to explore and practice without a specific goal in mind is a key element of developing creative competence.

“Creativity is not an option, it’s an absolute necessity,”

-Sir Ken Robinson

 

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/05/on-the-edge-of-chaos-where-creativity-flourishes/

Restoration Arts

Listening to Makoto Fujimura was very inspirational. His video “Golden Sea” really painted a picture of his inspiration and creative process. I love how he took us through the shop where he was first drawn to painting and colors. I thought it really proved how different views can lead to a truly beautiful creative happening. In the video his mentor mentions how his outside experience allows him to see things from a different view. Also, that his religion made such a deep impact in his work. I love how in his work there is a depth and beauty that is easily seen. They draw you in and you can’t look away. I liked this video and listening to him speak on his creative process because it was a way into seeing his process.

Week 8

“Shopping for Style on a Tight Budget Shows Individual Creativity”

I loved reading this article because I think it speaks to every college aged girl out there that loves fashion and shopping, like me! Who knew that being on a budget was actually creative, not depressing!

The challenge was each girl had $20 to create an outfit from a thrift store. So fun! Thrift store shopping is like magic. You get a chance to reinvent old pieces and give them new and exciting life! Not only is shopping at Goodwill fun, but it also supports their mission. This challenge sparked creative fashion divas and drove them to their greatest outfit creations! One woman said her inspiration was from work to evening. Creating a look like that on a $20 budget seems daunting, but she completed the challenge by being creative and following her inner fashion icon!

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The outfit above was inspired by Indiana Jones, cute and classic!

Overall this experience seems like a good time and all participants had fun being creative in fashion!

Week 7

“Out of the Box: Infect Our System with Creativity”

This article defines May as “Out of the Box” month! I think that is awesome because May is a perfect time to spark creativity. Spring has sprung and everyone is celebrating escape from a  long winter! What better way to celebrate then creating and innovating.

Do we reward creativity or do we look down on it?

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
-Pablo Picasso 

Author Ron Clewer suggests that we need to ignite our creativity to avoid stasis which can be harmful to innovation. To keep moving forward innovation is key and necessary. According to IBM the number one quality of a good CEO is creativity! Don’t stifle kids creative spirits by trying to ground them in reality, instead embrace it because it will flourish and they will be one of a kind!

Week 6

“4 Ways to Increase Creativity as an Entrepreneur”

An entrepreneur is someone who comes up with ways to meet unfulfilled needs in a marketplace. This leads itself as a creative profession because you are creating something new to meet a need.

This article gives four ways to inspire creativity-

1. Ditch your comfort zone- The comfort zone is creativities nemesis because to be creative you must see things in a new light, not what you’re used to everyday.

  • Take a different route to work.
  • Eat lunch with someone new.
  • Read a magazine you would never buy.
  • Travel.
  • Wander.
  • Get lost.

2. Discover your thinking profile- Comfort zones aren’t just physical, they are mental as well. We all have a unique problem solving go to, find your strengths and play to those.

3. Play to your creative strengths- Each one of us has a different “thinking archetype” discover yours and use it to boost your creative process.

  • Clarifier: This is the realist who loves to dig into the facts and discover strategic insights and opportunities.
  • Ideator: This is the visionary who loves to think big and play with new possibilities.
  • Developer: This person is an evaluator who loves to craft complex, disciplined solutions.
  • Implementer: This is the activator type who loves to get things done, try things out, and to take a risk and learn as they go.

4. Remember that great minds actually don’t think alike- Creating a group of people who have different strengths is the best way to come up with the best ideas. Discover how each person on your team thinks and creates to use those strengths to the best advantage.

remember that we are all points of light, but our flashlights are typically angled in different directions.”

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2014/05/08/4-ways-to-increase-creativity-as-an-entrepreneur/

Week 5

“Kseniya Simonova’s Amazing Sand Drawing” 

Artist Kseniya Simonova redefines the world drawing. This amazing video shows her creating art by using only her hands and sand. It is absolutely incredible watching her work. It takes awhile to see the picture coming together, but the way that she transfers from one picture to the next is amazing. I like how she adds music to add dramatic effect. The music really adds so much to the design process and adds to the meaning behind her drawings. Check out the video below! It will blow your mind…

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/13/kseniya-simonovas-amazing_n_258793.html