An interesting point being brought up in the discussions is whether creativity can be taught. Can creativity be taught? Or the other side of the argument is: either you “got it” or you don’t.
For me, I believe everyone is creative. Their creativity, however, comes in endless forms. There is creativity in weaving a design in a rug at the Sadu House, or painting a picture for FA Gallery, or designing a banner for the Avenues Mall. Not all of us have the skills and patience to weave a rug. Not everyone has the passion to mix oil paints. Not everyone has the skills to use the computer to create a huge advertising banner. And as I’m sure you will note – I said “skills.”
Creativity is a mix of skill and talent, art and science.
In my visual storytelling class, I’m seeing students who had absolutely no confidence in drawing – drawing characters that look recognizable. We’re beyond drawing “stick figures.” We’re now working on camera framing and angles. Their creativity was unleashed with motivation, confidence, and a fun environment.
In Introduction to Visual Communication class, we’re discussing creating an effective message with simplicity. Using one or two images mixed with an effective sentence (or two). It takes time and a lot of practice to hone these skills.
I think creativity is in each of us. We just have to have the confidence to nurture it.