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 $597.00 / Graduate Credit $1047.00
Mon Wed
Oct 1 Nov 7
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Oct 1 Nov 7
Nov 1 Dec 7
Only 5 days remaining to enroll in this course.
Course Code
EDUC500 AOE006
Graduate Credit Partner


  • 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” and published responses to it.
  2. Begin reading Ken Robinson’s book “Out of Our Minds” to explore the concept of life being linear.
  3. Read and reflect resources on creativity and doodling.
  4. Explore the power of doodling to enhance memory, focus, and creativity.
Week 2
Creativity in Education
  1. View Robinson’s 2006 TED talk on how schools kill creativity and discuss its relevancy to today.
  2. Use Robinson’s writings as a springboard for exploring challenges within the education system.
  3. Research and discuss Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity in the classroom.
  4. Complete a unit revamp with an emphasis on promoting creativity in the classroom.
Week 3
Let’s Get Creative
  1. Use the Morning Pages strategy from Julia Cameron’s “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. Learn about and gain inspiration from Danny Gregory’s daily sketching practices.
Week 4
Creativity in Our Students
  1. Use the Artist Date strategy from Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” to help unblock your creativity.
  2. Make a date with your inner artist to nurture your creative consciousness.
  3. Learn about the processes necessary for your creativity to flourish.
  4. Discover nine principles necessary for developing a culture of creativity and innovation.
  5. Create an action plan to personalize student learning and ignite their creativity.
Week 5
Applied Creativity and Final Assignment
  1. Selecting from a series of assignment options, create an artifact that focuses on advocating for creativity in your community, school, or classroom.
  2. Leave class with a comprehensive tool kit of lesson plans and organizational strategies.

Let's Get Creative

A sample assignment from Week 3 of the class “Creativity in Crisis.”

1. Research

Research the messages and daily practices of artists Danny Gregory and Julia Cameron.

2. Discussion

Share your thoughts on the value of artistic daily practices both for yourself and in the art room.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Create artwork daily for a week; generate and share a record of your art making such as a presentation, slideshow, or short video that includes images of your processes and products.
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!"

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