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Learning and Enhancing Creativity

"Bad artists copy. Great artists steal." -- Picasso

Studying creativity does not make you uncreative. Education about creativity, is not rote learning; not the memorization of rules and guidelines. There are lessons about aesthetics that are very helpful for creativity. No, I do not mean "rule of thirds" or "S-curves". I mean things much deeper than that.

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -- William Butler Yeats

"Those who make a distinction between education and entertainment don't know the first thing about either." -- Marshall McLuhan

"It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all." -- Edward de Bono, creator of the term "lateral thinking".

Brainstorming vs. more structure approaches (provocation, lateral thinking)