Week 1: Welcome to the Creativity Workshop
What is creativity? How can it be accessed and cultivated, and aided or inhibited? How does the creative process work? Critical thinking, the creative mindset, and taking risks.
Week 2: The “Storm of Creativity”
How do we sustain a creative practice? How do we get past “the empty page, the blank screen” to a creative storm that carries us along with it? The Beginner’s Mind and turning off the internal critic.
Week 3: Metaphorical Thinking, Making Connections
“New eyes.” Making novel combinations, embracing unconventionality, exploring paradox and seeing opportunities in chaos.
Week 4: Non-Conformity and Creativity: The Creative Potential of the Unconscious I
Being flexible and spontaneous. How creative people use and cultivate unconscious processes, random elements, chance and improvisation.
Week 5: Non-Conformity and Creativity: The Creative Potential of the Unconscious II
Breaking ingrained patterns of thought through cultivation of chance and unconscious processes. Surrealism, abstract expressionism and modes of new music.
Week 6: Creativity and Change
Discovering our strengths and interests, and our own unique creativity. How and when critical thinking enables the creative process. Creativity changing the world; both our inner ‘worlds’ and the world at large.
For certificate students only:
Your instructor will evaluate you based on an essay, which you will complete at the end of the course. You will receive a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.”
Textbooks and learning materials
Reading material will be available online as part of the course.
Hardware and software requirements
You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.