I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase thrown around these days. Most people think of process art as messy art for preschoolers, but it goes way beyond that.
Can creativity be taught? I think so, and this is why I believe in process art. Children who can think creatively become adults that can think creatively. Process art is teaching the process of being creative, problem solving and thinking through a problem from different angles. These aspects of learning can not be found in the test taking environments our kids are exposed to everyday in school.
It was in 1956 that Louis R. Mobley was tasked with turning IBM's executives into creative powerhouses. The executive school was built around six insights that Mobley came up with for inspiring and teaching creativity.
Traditional teaching methods are useless for encouraging creativity.
Becoming creative is more about unlearning than learning a new process.
We don't learn to be creative, we learn to become creative people through action and transforming ourselves in the experience.
Creative people beget other creative people. Basically, hang out with other creatives and watch what they do and how they think.
Self-knowledge is imperative if you're to overcome your own limiting biases.
Give yourself the permission to be wrong and to fail. There are no bad or wrong ideas, just ones that just aren't quite there.
These ways of teaching creativity are exactly what process art is all about. Instead of teaching a project we teach creative thinking. Putting an array of supplies together in different ways and using various mediums in ways artists may have never thought of is far more valuable than copying a craft or picture.
In turn, when we create with others we see and learn how they may do something in a different way we’ve never thought of.
Even further, I have seen great results of process art in the Adult class I teach called “Finding Inspiration”. Through process art, adults in my class have found a creative energy they didn’t know existed and are acting upon this in other aspects of their life and work. The fact that we are just creating without expectation of some grand piece of art has opened up their creativity in ways they never thought possible.
I strive to make Picassos a process art studio—no mess required.