Hi, this is my podcast post. It’s about teaching creativity, or our inability to teach creativity – depending on which side of the fence you end up on… I’ll post my podcast first, but under that you should find a video with a different opinion on the subject. I understand where this Kirby fellow is coming from, but I disagree with him. Actually, I find him obnoxious and I could go on… However, check them both out if you have the time.

I argue a fair a bit with a gentleman named Marvin Bartel. And I borrowed some quotes from this Ted Talk website. 

6 Responses to “Creativity… Can it be taught!?”

  1. Allison de Hoop said:

    You’ve started, or rather continued and synthesized, a conversation on Creativity (yes with a capital C) that is quite intriguing to me as a former art major. You’ve inspired me to do a blogpost on this topic in the next few weeks – I’ll make you wait until then to read which “side of the fence” I’m on.

    Also, thanks for adding the tunes – I looked Ride Til Dawn up on YouTube because of it.

    • Greg said:

      I argued for one side of the debate, but in reality I don’t necessarily think one side is more right than the other. I do think that teachers need to be careful not to hinder creativity. I have a lot more questions about this topic, and I might continue to explore it in other blog posts too. I look forward to hearing your take!

  2. John Lintott said:

    I do find that trying to be creative within limitations can be a nice challenge, exercising my problem solving skills and giving my work a focus. And, some times when I’m given free reign, I’m spoiled for choice and racked with indecision, just like what you quoted Fellini with. But maybe that’s just me. Obviously, different artists have different views, and different things work for them.

    Now, while some might say that we are not able to teach creativity, we can foster environments that promote creative growth, expose student to creativity, and push students to be creative. In fact, I would argue that if we are doing those things, are we not teaching creativity?

    Thanks for the podcast!

    • Greg said:

      That’s a fair point. By providing an environment to promote creativity and teaching about other artists and styles we are doing a lot to foster creativity. However, if you watch the video of Kirby’s underneath my podcast I think you will hear some pretty wild claims. I understand that Bob Dylan borrowed heavily from early folk music, and Woody Guthrie in particular, but he certainly didn’t stay put. He experimented with many different styles and came up with an incredibly original sound. If you hear Bob Dylan you know it’s Bob Dylan. The same cannot be said for all pop musicians. There are intangibles in his work.

  3. Julie said:

    I love how you added the music and are part of a band that is great! Promoting and creating opportunities for creativity is so important!

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