On this page I am going to post several interviews of the MFA students and faculty members at University of Calgary that I conducted for the QR_U project but could not upload to the designated site However, the answers I got to the questions offered by QR_U were quite interesting and worthy of posting in my blog.
My first question – How do you teach creativity? (that was the question I asked at QR_U) was to the UofC Art Department faculty members.
1. This is how Robert Kelly, the author of Creative Expression Creative Education answers it:
2. My next interviewee was Professor William Laine:
3. And Professor Jerry Kruschak:
Another question from the QR_U site was What is your process in solving artistic problems?
Robert Kelly: interviews 012
The most comprehensive answer (and the video that unfortunately, exceeded the uploading limit) came from Professor Peter Deacon, my Internship supervisor and mentor at this point:
- Professor Deacon, is it possible to teach creativity, and how would you describe this process if the answer is ‘yes’?
- It is a very important question especially in the context of educational institution where it is presumed that in part, in some of our experience as artists we teach this to our students.
It is not a linear process at all. And a direct response from me to you would be that creativity as such cannot be taught. But what we can do is to set up the conditions under which creativity can take place and blossom. It seems to me that leaning in itself is an important part of that though not the only component.
I like the analogy of climbing a ladder where the left side is learning and the right side is creativity. In order to take a consequtive step on this ladder you have to increase the amount of information that you have through learning and you need to be able to nurture your creativity through experience. The runs of the stairs will determine where you are at a given point.
I have always liked to quote the writings of Authur Kestler, especially mentioning his book The Act of Creation which talks very intelligently about the interrelationship between learning and creativity. Arthur Kestler implies that learning is a state in which a person adapts to the surrounding environment. He defines creativity as a situation in which the individual changes his or her environment whether this environment is a painting or a physical space or if it is another discipline completely. Personal experience is essential for creativity.
I also asked three MFA students – Arthur Ostrowsky and Chika Meng How their art-school experience is interdisciplinary and What their process in solving artistic problems is. Here is what they had to say:
1. Arthur Ostrowsky: interviews 013
3. Rory O’Connel: 005