Essential Question: Why should I care about the arts?
I Can . . . Recognize ways of creative thinking
I Will . . . Connect creative thinking to modern life and my future.
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artists once we grow up". Pablo Picasso
What do you think Picasso meant when he made this statement? Think back to your own childhood. Do you remember a time you believed you were a great artist? Do you remember the first time you worried that you weren't? At your table, discuss reasons that all children believe they are artists, but most adults believe they can't create good art.
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RIGHT AND LEFT BRAINED THEORY
The theory of Right and Left Brained thinking is based on the idea that people use one hemisphere of their brain more than the other. Betty Davis made this theory popular among artists in her book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Different characteristics are attributed to each side of the brain. The thinking processes found on the right side of the brain are linked to creativity, and those on the left side are more analytical. The hypothesis of this theory is that humans have a dominant hemisphere that is used more than the other determining how well they best process information. This theory has become controversial in the last few years and some believe that it is inaccurate. Research seems to indicate that humans use both sides of their brain equally. Regardless of where you stand on the merits of the theory, developing thinking processes that take places in the right hemisphere will improve your artistic capabilities.
Click on the button and take the brain dominance test to see if you are right or left brain dominant.
WHY IS CREATIVE THINKING IMPORTANT FOR EVERY STUDENT?
1. Future Career Below is a list of skills that experts say will be needed for jobs in the future.
Work Ethic/Personal Character
In his book A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, Daniel Pink explores how the workforce has changed from farming to industry to information to the conceptual jobs of today and tomorrow. As jobs move overseas or are automated, the need for creative thinkers in the workforce has increased. He states that even the need to make everyday objects beautiful has changed the type of workers needed for future jobs.
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Three increasingly powerful trends are propelling us toward a new age: Abundance: As people have had more access to materials, they are less concerned with mere survival and are. more interested in beauty, spirituality and emotion. For businesses, it’s no longer enough to create a product that’s reasonably priced and adequately functional. It must also be aesthetically beautiful, unique, and meaningful.
Asia: Globalization is taking on new meaning, as more and more companies ship white-collar work overseas. Engineering, computer programming and even accounting are being done young people in other countries just as well, if not better; just as fast, if not faster—and for the wages of a Starbucks employee.
Automation: Powerful technologies are eliminating certain kinds of work altogether and proving that they can replace human left brains. Software is a “forklift for the mind.” While it may not eliminate every left-brain job, it will destroy many and reshape the rest. If a $500-a-month chartered accountant in India doesn’t swipe your comfortable accounting job, Turbo-Tax will!
To ascertain the impact of these three forces, ask yourself the following three questions:
Can someone overseas do it cheaper?
Can a computer do it faster?
Is what I’m offering (job skills) in demand in an age of affluence?
Man has moved from:
• Farmer • Factory Worker (blue collar) • Office Worker (white collar) • Future is for the artist!
2. Personal Benefit The artistic process has many advantages besides generating works of art to be seen by others. Creating art allows you to express your thoughts and emotions. Many students are dealing with serious issues and art is a great outlet for sorting through and managing them. In his book Everyday Matters Danny Gregory talks about how teaching himself to draw helped him cope when his wife was in an accident. There are other examples of people who have used art to overcome difficult situations. For example, Chuck Close overcame dyslexia when he was in school by focusing on his art skills. Later, art helped him heal after he became paralyzed from a collapsed spinal cord.
The arts are a form of relaxation and a non-verbal way to communicate. Many students simply enjoy making art and continue to create it through out the rest of their lives. It is enjoyable working with your hands and think differently. Creating art is a great stress reducer. Doodling also helps students to focus and can be used as a concentration tool during high school and college.
Thinking like an Artist Means:
Observation is Key A common mistake new artists make is not taking time to really look at what they are getting ready to draw. Although many people feel that learning to draw is hard, it is actually learning to see that is difficult. In order to draw well, you must think differently, and intentionally change the way you look at things. As a beginning artist, it is easy to spend the majority of time looking at the paper and not at what is being drawn. You assume you know what things look like, because it is a recognizable image. For example, most people know what a bicycle looks like. If asked to draw one from memory, they could probably get the major shapes in the right place. It becomes more difficult when deciding how complex details like the sprocket, chain and pedals all fit together. You must train yourself to draw how something actually looks rather than how you “think” it looks. To improve drawing skills, you need to improve your observation skills. This requires that you spend more time studying the subject and less time looking at the paper when you draw.