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Creative Thinking Challenge #3

In the “Grow Creativity!” article, Candace Hackett Shively shares four aspects of creativity: fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. This article had me hooked from the beginning:

The world needs creative thinkers, scientists, engineers, leaders, and contributing workers. yet research repeatedly shows creativity is schooled out of us. 

The Creative Thinking Challenge prompts focus on areas in all of these aspects and use ideas inspired by many different sources.

I would love for you to participate …

  • even if you don’t think you are very creative
  • the point of these prompts is to get the creative juices flowing 
  • even if that only means letting small ideas begin to trickle out

 I find that I get lots of new ideas from looking at the things others have done … and I bet we all interpret the prompts in unique ways.

The best part is that you get to choose how you want to respond to this prompt. And there is no deadline. The next prompt will post on the 15th of the month.

(I post past prompts on the Creative Thinking tab at the top of my blog)

Creative Thinking Challenge Prompt:

how to be an explorer of the world

One of Keri Smith’s books, How To Be An Explorer Of The World: Portable Art Life Museum, has captured my attention.  On her blog, Keri Smith notes that the intention of her books is allowing people to deal with their fear of the blank page, and not have to think too much about whether what they are creating was good or bad, but instead just to make a mark. (The image at the side is from her flckr page).

The prompt for today goes along with #3 on the list in her image … and you get options! You can choose to do all or just one …. but I challenge you to at least do some creative thinking even if you choose not to do any of these!

1. Draw or describe something that is right in front of you. (You can do this on paper or there is a place on Keri Smith’s website  where you can complete this task and even look at a gallery full of other submissions.)

2. Here is Exploration #1 from How To Be An Explorer Of The World: Portable Art Life Museum:  Right where you are sitting … Write ten things about where you are sitting right now that you hadn’t noticed when you sat down. Use your senses. Do it quickly. Do not censor. Okay, begin.

3. As I was exploring Keri Smith’s website, I clicked on the Projects category and came across some wonderful ideas to enourage creative thinking. I especially liked Day 16- image grid:

The exercise for today on the connections theme:
1. Find four photos/images you find interesting.
2. Go to the library and write down the titles of the first four books with red covers.
3. Relate the titles to the photos.

So go do some Creative Thinking …

Just to make a mark!

I would love to know what you did …

Leave a comment or a link!

Reader Comments (3)

Yay! I didn't even know Keri Smith had a site, but I will go check it out. I love what you've written here, and I actually sat here for a few moments and did some creative observing of my surroundings. It's crazy how we can breeze around all day without noticing what is around us. I'm so glad to have found your site!

October 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArtchoo!

"The exercise for today on the connections theme:
1. Find four photos/images you find interesting.
2. Go to the library and write down the titles of the first four books with red covers.
3. Relate the titles to the photos."
I really like this one, I often struggle with teaching my students to identify and make logical connections between ideas, I think it will help them with that. I'd like to try this later in the week with my two year ten girls classes. Thanks.

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbdul Rahman Reijerink

That sounds great! I keep meaning to try that one myself so I would love to find out how it goes! Making connections between ideas is so important, even if they are not easily seen!

October 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterMelissa Edwards

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