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Creativity in Crisis

Creativity in Crisis

Creativity is central to human improvement and innovation. In this course, you will explore and analyze the nine principles of creativity to dive deeper, beyond what you think you know, in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how creativity goes beyond just artmaking. You will be challenged to push the boundaries of your own creativity, and as a result, you’ll be able to take that expanded knowledge into the art classroom to ignite and enhance creativity in your class. You will be confidently prepared to effectively aid your students in using creativity to think critically to solve the challenges of the world they face.

For the official course description, see the Academic Catalog.

Required Materials

Out of Our Minds: The Power of Being Creative (3rd edition)(2017): Robinson, ISBN: 978-0857087416 

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
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
Mon 8 Sun
Nov 2 Weeks Dec 27
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Nov 2 Dec 27
Jan 4 Feb 28
May 3 Jun 27
Jun 7 Aug 1
Mar 1 Apr 25
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE006

Course Objectives

  • Incorporate the nine principles of creativity into the classroom culture.
  • Create lesson plans to nurture individual creative potential in the studio.
  • Complete personal creativity exercises.
  • Identify new viewpoints to expand students’ beliefs about creativity.
  • Teach students critical life skills such as how to think creatively, problem-solve effectively, and adapt to new situations.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
The Creativity Crisis
  1. Dive into Ken Robinson’s book, Out of Our Minds, to explore the concept of life being linear.
  2. Discuss and defend your opinion on the creativity crisis.
Week 2
Do Schools Kill Creativity?
  1. Research and discuss critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity in the classroom.
  2. 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. Implement an artistic ritual of your own through drawing or writing.
Week 4
Being a Creative Leader
  1. Discover the nine principles necessary for developing a culture of creativity and innovation.
  2. 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 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
  1. Share new ideas, burning questions, and final reflections as you prepare to implement your learning in the classroom setting.
  2. Reflect on your learning throughout the course.

Daily Creativity

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 artmaking. 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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