What is creativity?


"Creativity is self-less.

Creativity is informed by the personality, ability, and understanding of the individual, but it is not the result of it.

a person believes him/herself to be the originator of his/her art,
instead of simply being the facilitator, it can stop the flow.

And yes, isn’t love just like that…

brings up this: Doesn’t it seem that most schools and teachers do only
teach technique and not creativity? They seem to hope that one will
discover creativity by oneself…"

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4 thoughts on “What is creativity?

  1. Creativity isn’t exclusive to forms of art, for example you can be a creative accountant, creative salesman or a creative lawyer. Since creativity is more than art it’s somewhat more difficult to teach.

    I guess you could say that creativity is some sort of “degree of innovation” in whatever you are doing.

    The easiest way for most people to reach this degree of innovation is to become proficient with whatever they’re doing.

    In visual arts for example you’re more likely to be innovative if you’re proficient with the techniques involved. When it comes down to it, a person can feel creative, and yet not be to the outside world since the degree of innovation isn’t really there.

  2. I would argue that creativity cannot be taught. However, and this is important, the skills necessary to inspire, nurture, and exercise creativity can be taught. And, in this regard, I would agree most schools fail simply because there are too many students and too little time to give the sort of individual attention this requires (you can’t play crowd control, babysitter, AND muse). Also, because creativity can be brought to just about any discipline, the varieties of creativity and innovation possible are staggering — I’d love to see the lesson plan that covered that! And, finally, if you consider that creativity often pushes against the establishment’s boundaries, it is not necessarily in a school’s best interest to engender creativity. As the training grounds for integrating youngsters into their roles in the establishment, the schools are obviously not the place where we should expect creativity to be taught.

    All that said (and yes I generalized heavily), I am eternally grateful to the few teachers, students, and friends who went out of their way to nurture my creativity.

  3. As Picasso said, inspiration has to find you working. I wish my art classes in elementary and middle school had spent more time teaching me to draw what I see, and how to judge colors and values, and less time in feeble attempts to nurture my individuality. Creativity, inspiration, innovation–worthless without some foundation of technical skill in your field.

  4. I’ve always believed that creativity is what happens when a person stops giving a darn about “rules and regulations” and lets their minds wander freely.
    I’m no artist (barely consider myself a poet), and feel about as “inspired” as a law student during a lecture. Though there are those rare moments when, all boredom aside, the muse hits me and I find myself creating something that feels right for me, not careing what others think about it.
    I never had any formal art classes, in high school or in college (though I wish I had persued that avenue when I had the chance), but learned how to sketch and write creatively in my spare time while I was chained to the drudgery of the working world. My “art” is not perfect (ya won’t see my name on any bookcover or in any art museum any time in this lifetime), but I like it anyway. And in the end, that’s all that really matters to me.
    in my mind, i’d rather be that 1% who doesn’t follow the “herd”, that the 99% who re-hash everything that has been done before through “fundamentals”, “rules”, and “rote”. It may not be “art” according to the world, but to me it’s a masterpiece.

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