We find this posts by Susan Manbeian, monthly mentor at the National Art Education Association fascinating and very interesting to anyone in the arts education field.
“To create” simply means to bring something into being. To be creative, means to come up with something new and original and not necessarily from a logical thought process but more of a melding of many concepts. “Something resulting from originality of thought, expression and imagination. The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships and the like and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods and interpretations. (Random House Dictionary)
My question is: Where in our “test driven” education today are we encouraging students to creatively ﬂourish?
I think that we all can agree that we owe the quality of our lives to creative individuals throughout history. Where would be without automobiles, airplanes, and electricity?
Once a student has caught on to a basic art concept, they are often asked to explore that concept and to discover what other new ideas or theme variations they can come up with. Students are asked to ﬁrst look closely at the world, then reexamine different aspects of that world, while gaining an understanding of what they are observing. Finally, they are asked to step back and ﬁnd a different point of view from the origin alone presented. Creativity happens when students are allowed to experiment, manipulate, and explore while reserving judgement.