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#41 Ray West

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 04:13 PM

This thread started with an article about some myths of creativity, but unless I missed something in the article or the responding posts, the term "creativity" has not been defined.  I know of and more or less agree with the "10,000 hours rule", practice makes perfect.  The Beetles spent those ten thousand hours before they became an overnight sensation.  I get it. But there are many more people who have practiced singing for that long and still can't carry a tune, let alone create new music that shakes the world.  The same is true in our........work.  Creativity is not necessarily pretty pictures and symmetrical pots.  To me creativity is seeing new patterns in the reality inside and outside your own mind and communicating that reality you have discovered to others.  I do not think the "10 myths" are always necessarily myths, except I do believe that there is creativity in science and mathematics.   Skill gives us tools to express ourselves, but is not necessarily in and of itself creativity.  I think there is usually  suffering, uncertainty and mistakes inherent in creating and expressing something new, and occasionally, success.  



#42 Rae Reich

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 01:43 AM

I taught elementary art for four years. What was I thinking ! All the snotty nosed hugs-yikes.
Any way, the grade 2 teacher said;"Tom, draw me an elephant."
This would require actually looking at an elephant, doing research,sketches,practise,and then maybe, just maybe,producing a quality drawing.
I said;"I am not a tap that you can turn on and off to get hot or cold water.I am an artist. I don't thinlk I used the "f "word, although I thought it.
I was eating lunch at the time. Although I am fabulously talented, I am only interested in doing what I am interested in. [That is a dangaling participle].
I AM NOT A TAP TO BE TURNED ON AND OFF. Draw your own elephant.
TJR.
I don't even draw elephants on my best day. I make pots.


You could draw them an elephant that has been swallowed by a snake . . .

#43 Tre

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 12:17 PM

 

You could draw them an elephant that has been swallowed by a snake . . .

 

 

I tried doing that but they keep looking like hats! :blink:



#44 JBaymore

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 02:21 PM

.................practice makes perfect. 

 

Actually........ perfect practice makes perfect.  Practicing the same "mistakes" over and over and over just reinforces those problems. 

 

Reflective, critical, and directed practice, with consttant re-evaluation makes perfect.

 

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........................john


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#45 Rebekah Krieger

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Posted 01 December 2014 - 02:09 PM

 

.................practice makes perfect. 

 

Actually........ perfect practice makes perfect.  Practicing the same "mistakes" over and over and over just reinforces those problems. 

 

Reflective, critical, and directed practice, with consttant re-evaluation makes perfect.

 

best,

 

........................john

 

...CRAP!! I'm completely screwed!


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