“When people speak or think of creativity, they mistakenly think of it as having only to do with the visual arts and the other arts. Creativity cuts across all areas, and has to do with making new in all domains. “
(Jane Piirto, 2011)
Creativity and Me!
Feeling comfortable when embracing creativity is something that I feel may come easier to me than some of my classroom peers. Growing up I engaged with music as a creative outlet from a very young age. When I considered that some peers in my class felt very challenged by engaging with creative practices, I decided it was important that I also challenge myself to explore new things too. I decided that over the coming weeks that I will purse new forms of creative outlets that I am not experienced or confident in such as drawing, story-telling and writing poems. I hope by the end of the month this will help me feel comfortable in expressing my self through more creative outlets than before I started this course and also that this will help me become a teacher who is able to encourage my class to experiment with creativity through various practices.
What is Creativity? How do We Embrace It?
This week we considered what is creativity and how to embrace it. The quote at the top of this page taken from Creativity for 21st Century Skill explains well that creativity is not limited to the arts, but it is something we can choose to engage and embrace with regularly, in many forms. Whether it’s in creating a new recipe or coming up with a new idea at work, it can be found and implemented in so many aspects of our lives! I think this is something that is so important to consider when engaging with creativity ourselves but also when teaching creativity in the classroom! Engaging with creativity shouldn’t be limited to doing so through strictly ‘arts’ but something that we feeling comfortable incorporating into our daily teaching plans and our lives.
The Five Core Attitude for Creative Practice
Risk Taking | Openness to Experience | Group Trust | Self Discipline | Tolerance for Ambiguity
We also discussed the five core attitudes to use when engaging with creative practice. Learning and understand these core values will help me not only develop my creative practice, but I believe that it will enable me to build a classroom environment that supports and encourages creative thinking and a safe place to share ideas.
How Did I Engage Creatively This Week?
This week I went down to the lake at UQ and for about an hour attempted to sketch the lake, animals and trees. Nature and animals, is something that really inspires me so I thought that using it as my inspiration would help me feel more comfortable when trying out a a new creative practice. I know that drawing isn’t one of my strongest skills, so when trying this I engaged with risk-taking and ambiguity. This fish sums up how I was feeling very well haha!
Firstly I was terrified because I didn’t know the techniques of drawing or where I should start but I was able to over come this with some tolerance of ambiguity and risk-taking. It’s definitely not the greatest drawing, but I was really excited I tried it out and I will be more comfortable drawing again in the future.