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Creativity in Crisis

Creativity in Crisis

Art class is designed to facilitate the most creativity. It needs to be an ever-changing, reactive playground of fresh ideas and nurturing instruction. However, many art teachers find that the standardized world works against our creative impulses and threatens to bog our classrooms down in routine and convention. Creativity In Crisis helps you find the way to ensure your classroom is a frenzy of creative activity.

In this course, you’ll learn from creativity experts, including Sir Kenneth Robinson, to dig deep into a true understanding of creativity. You’ll also learn strategies to take into your classroom to enhance creativity and cultivate learners who are prepared for the demands of our ever-changing world.

Participants in Creativity in Crisis will need to purchase a copy of the book Out of our minds: The power of being creative (3rd ed.) by Sir Ken Robinson (2017).

ISBN-10: 085708741X

Graduate Credits
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1047.00
Upcoming Course Run Dates
May 4 Jun 28
Jun 1 Jul 26
Jul 6 Aug 30
Sep 7 Nov 1
Nov 2 Dec 27
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE006

Course Outcomes

  • Create a culture of creativity in your art room using the nine principles of creativity.
  • Build an environment of trust and openness within the studio to nurture individual creative potential.
  • Ignite/reignite the fire within by taking part in personal creativity exercises.
  • Invite and explore new viewpoints to expand students’ beliefs about creativity.
  • Arm students with critical life skills, such as how to think creatively, problem solve, and adapt to new situations.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
The Creativity Crisis
  1. Read and reflect upon the issues raised in the Newsweek article “Creativity in Crisis.”
  2. Dive into Ken Robinson’s book “Out of Our Minds” to explore the concept of life being linear.
  3. Write a passionate position statement on the topic of creativity which you can use to advocate for your program.
Week 2
Do Schools Kill Creativity?
  1. Use Robinson’s writings as a springboard for exploring challenges within the education system.
  2. Research and discuss Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity in the classroom.
  3. Complete a unit revamp with an emphasis on promoting creativity in the classroom.
Week 3
Daily Creativity
  1. Use the “Morning Pages” strategy, presented by Julia Cameron, to help unblock your creativity.
  2. Gain inspiration from Danny Gregory’s daily sketching practices.
  3. Implement an artistic ritual of your own through drawing or writing.
Week 4
Being a Creative Leader
  1. Learn about the processes necessary to help unleash your creative potential.
  2. Discover nine principles necessary for developing a culture of creativity and innovation.
  3. Make use of your inner artist and bring those principles to life in a visual format.
Week 5
Artist Dates
  1. Use the “Artist Date” strategy from Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” to help unblock your creativity.
  2. Make a date with your inner artist to nurture your creative consciousness.
  3. Envision similar approaches and strategies to encourage creativity in the classroom.
Week 6
Learning to Be Creative
  1. Focus on what schools are doing well and what more they can do to personalize learning for students.
  2. Create an action plan to personalize learning for your own students, as you also ignite their creativity.
Week 7
Creative Advocacy
  1. Reflect upon your role as a teacher leader and the message you wish to share about creativity.
  2. Channel your cumulative learning from this course into an expression of creative advocacy.
Week 8
Final Toolkit & Reflection
  1. Celebrate the inner creative as you prepare a final comprehensive tool kit that houses all of your plans, organizational tools, and supplementals from this class.
  2. Share new ideas, burning questions, and final reflections as you prepare to implement your learning in the classroom setting.

Let's Get Creative

A sample assignment from Week 3 of the class “Creativity in Crisis.”

1. Research

Research the messages and daily practices of artists Danny Gregory and Julia Cameron. Envision their strategies as they come to life in your own studio and/or classroom.

2. Discussion

Share your thoughts on the value of artistic daily practices both for yourself and for students.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Create artwork daily for a week. Generate and share a record of your art making. This could b a presentation, slideshow, or short video with images of your processes and products.
Frannie W.
"Very informative and gives art teachers a lot of evidence to back up the importance of our subject matter. It also creates time for you as an artist to remember to explore your own talents and creativity. It made me remember the commitment that I must make to myself to balance my life as an artist and an art teacher."
Lynne B.
"There is such minimal support and courses out there for art teachers. For something like AOE to be available to us and for it to be so ridiculously relevant, is like a dream come true. I could not find a graduate level course in art to satisfy 4 core courses I needed to take in addition to my Masters in Education. Thank you AOE! "
Merle J.
"This class has changed the way I will be teaching my class. The classes you offer are cutting edge and I am looking forward to taking another course in the future!"

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course “Creativity in Crisis”. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12 month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 2/27/2020)







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