Take a moment to pause and reflect. What exactly is creativity?
Creativity is defined as the ability to make new things or think of new ideas. We will look closer at creativity as we begin to look at the revised TEKS and their focus on concept in addition to process. Creativity is the key.
The Fauve artist Henri Matisse, who never painted objects in their natural colors, said, "Creativity takes courage." Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, echoed this statement when he said that "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." These quotes remind us of the necessity for courage when accessing creative abilities. Creativity is not for the faint at heart or the timid.
"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties."
The famed artist Pablo Picasso elaborated, saying that "The chief enemy of creativity is good sense." The creative endeavor doesn’t always make sense, and it is rarely neat and packaged so that it fits into just the right‐sized box.
Creative visionary and CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs said, "Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things." All of these quotes, along with the student art you see, illustrate the key to teaching the revised art TEKS in high school—it takes courage to create and courage to cultivate an environment that nurtures creativity in others.