Creativity in Crisis

Creativity in Crisis

Art class is designed to facilitate the most creativity. It needs to be an ever-changing, reactive playground of fresh ideas and nurturing instruction. However, many art teachers find that the standardized world works against our creative impulses and threatens to bog our classrooms down in routine and convention. Creativity In Crisis helps you find the way to ensure your classroom is a frenzy of creative activity.

In this course, you’ll learn from creativity experts, including Sir Kenneth Robinson, to dig deep into a true understanding of creativity. You’ll also learn strategies to take into your classroom to enhance creativity and cultivate learners who are prepared for the demands of our ever-changing world.

Participants in Creativity in Crisis will need to purchase a copy of the book “Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative” by Ken Robinson.

ISBN: 978-1907312472

Graduate Credits
Contact Hours Total
Graduate Credits / PD Hours 3 Graduate Credits / 135 PD Hours
Price Non-Graduate Credit $447.00 / Graduate Credit $897.00
Thu Wed
Feb 1 Mar 7
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Feb 1 Mar 7
Mar 1 Apr 7
Apr 1 May 7
May 1 Jun 7
Jun 1 Jul 7
Only 8 days remaining to enroll in this course.
Course Code
EDUC500 AOE006
Morningside College
Higher Learning Commission


  • Create a culture of creativity in your art room using the nine principles of creativity.
  • Build an environment of trust and openness within the studio to nurture individual creative potential.
  • Ignite/reignite the fire within by taking part in personal creativity exercises.
  • Invite and explore new viewpoints to expand students’ beliefs about creativity.
  • Arm students with critical life skills, such as how to think creatively, problem-solve and adapt to new situations.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
The Creativity Crisis
  1. Read and reflect on issues raised in the Newsweek article “Creativity in Crisis.”
  2. Begin reading Ken Robinson’s book “Out of Our Minds” to explore the concept of life being linear.
Week 2
Creativity in Education
  1. Use Robinson’s writings as a springboard for exploring challenges within the education system.
  2. Watch Robinson’s TED talk on how schools kill creativity, then share your thoughts with classmates.
Week 3
Let’s Get Creative
  1. Use two strategies from “The Artist’s Way” to help unblock your creativity.
  2. Clear your mind and help your creativity soar through the use of “Morning Pages.”
  3. Make a date with your inner artist to nurture your creative consciousness.
Week 4
Creativity in our Students
  1. Learn about the processes necessary for creativity to flourish.
  2. Discover nine principles necessary for developing a culture of creativity and innovation.
  3. Create an action plan to personalize student learning and ignite their creativity.
Week 5
Final Assignment
  1. Write a mock letter to a leader in education, suggesting (and recommending!) actions for change.
  2. Leave class with a comprehensive tool kit of lesson plans and organizational strategies.

The Creativity Crisis

A sample assignment from Week 1 of the class “Creativity in Crisis.”

1. Research

Read chapter 1 of “Out of our Minds” by Ken Robinson to learn what is meant by life being linear.

2. Discussion

Using examples from your own students and teaching experiences, share why you agree or disagree that our nation is in a creativity crisis.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Gain a greater understanding of what is meant by creativity and how you can help your students tap into and nurture their creativity.
Frannie W.
"Very informative and gives art teachers a lot of evidence to back up the importance of our subject matter. It also creates time for you as an artist to remember to explore your own talents and creativity. It made me remember the commitment that I must make to myself to balance my life as an artist and an art teacher."
Lynne B.
"There is such minimal support and courses out there for art teachers. For something like AOE to be available to us and for it to be so ridiculously relevant, is like a dream come true. I could not find a graduate level course in art to satisfy 4 core courses I needed to take in addition to my Masters in Education. Thank you AOE! "
Merle J.
"This class has changed the way I will be teaching my class. The classes you offer are cutting edge and I am looking forward to taking another course in the future!"

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course “Creativity in Crisis”. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12 month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 6/1/17)







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