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Saturday
Dec012012

Creative Thinking Challenge #7

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: Shock Your System

I know I have shared about Danny Gregory and his book (The Creative License: Giving yourself permission to be the artist you truly are) before, but I decided to look in that book again for this Creative Thinking Challenge.

The one chosen for this time involves looking at things from various perspectives … which could be a good thing for this time of year …

On page 79 of his book Gregory challenges you to “Shock Your System” by creating art in a different way. Now I know that I may have lost some of you when I mentioned creating art but it will be OK even if you don’t consider yourself very artistic …. 

Since we will all be drawing UPSIDE DOWN !!! :)

I am going to share some of the suggestions outlined in the book, but you can choose to try one of these ways to change your perspective or get inspired and come up with your own way …

From The Creative License: Giving yourself permission to be the artist you truly are:

Open an art book or a magazine with illustrations and find a complex line drawing. Or use one of the ones I’ve drawn in this book. Turn in upside down. Examine it from Top to bottom then slowly copy it (upside down!).

Changing your point of view this way eliminates a lot of the preconceptions you have about the way thing look. You can examine the drawing for what it is. Eliminating meaning like this is a basic way to shock your system and give yourself a fresh perspective. It also gives you an excuse to give your judgemental left brain, your inner critic. It is okay if the drawing suck; after all, you drew it upside down.

Here are some other ideas Gregory gives to take this even further:

  • Draw with a fat, juicy brush marker or paintbrush.
  • Draw with your left hand.
  • Draw with a sharpie on a paper towel.

Congratulations, you are looking at things in a new way …

What are some other ways you can “Shock Your System” and change your point of view?

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    All of them are nice in thoughts and i just loved the way it's been imparted here. Every person is unique and they have a unique knowledge in them. This is a good way of learning through your thoughts and suggestions. I hope it's only the best place to live what ...
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