How many times have you heard that certain people are just “born creative," and certain people “aren't." This course debunks this misconception by showing you that creativity is a process with clearly defined steps, that you can learn and apply towards ANY project. Using techniques taken from brain science to rocket science, you'll learn that everyone, including you, is born creative. If you think of yourself as creative already,this course will make you more efficient and productive with your creativity. If you think of yourself as one of the “not creative" people, this class will show you that you ARE creative, and how to bring that creativity to fruition.
Examples of what is in this course:
What you need to know about every step of the creative process, from coming up with an initial idea, unpacking and expanding upon it, to shaping and refining it.
The seven key principles of creativity. Common roadblocks to creativity, and the remedies to get you through. The brain science of the unconscious, how it applies to creativity, and how to give your brain the right data it needs to figure out the problem or next course of action. Case study examples of creative projects. Quizzes to test your knowledge and make the material your own. Exercises to practice what you are learning and much, much more!
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Welcome to this course! This first lecture will give you an overview of what the course is all about, how this program will teach you to be more creative, and about the science and process that underlies creativity.
A brief description of the course instructors, and their backgrounds.
This section of the course is all about learning that there is a process behind creativity that can be learned and applied. It is called "Working The Program."
In this lecture, we discuss "seeds," the initial ideas behind creative works, and how to recognize and capture them.
This example is an excerpt from an NPR interview with singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins describing how she valued and captured a seed behind one of her hit tunes.
In this lecture, we discuss "noodling," the process by which a creative seed is unpacked and expanded.
This lecture discusses the concept of refining a creative project or idea once it has transitioned from an agglomeration of noodles into a single working creative entity.
How to know when a creative work is finished.
In this lecture you will learn about the value of pauses during the creative program, and how to tell if the pause is legitimate, or is tending towards a roadblock.
This case study shows you how working the creative program eventually results in a finished song from a single small seed of an idea.
This lecture introduces you to key helpful principles to foster creativity.
You've got to get enough creative "stuff" to work, before you are able to work it. This is the way to think about it.
In this lecture, we might just find out why it's not a good practice to be instantly critical of an idea.
Here, you will learn the value of creating multiple versions of one idea, and the key importance of watergun technology.
As we all know, learning something difficult is often compared to "rocket science." Here we discuss how anyone can do rocket science, and therefore, take on any task, no matter how hard.
Techniques to get out of your own way and let your creativity flow.
Sometimes creativity can be recognized in odd happenings, if one takes the time to notice.
Here, we discuss the importance of getting back to the basics of the human body to encourage creative ideas.
This lesson shows how the creative program applies to creating and writing a book.
This lecture introduces you to certain thoughts and beliefs that we call "roadblocks to creativity":
We begin to discuss techniques to recognize and work with roadblocks to creativity.
This lecture discusses when a desire for perfection is useful and when it can stop you cold.
Dealing with the dreaded LINEAR MONSTER, learning how to "work stuck", and the "10/15 solution".
How to use rewards in your creative work, followed by a discussion of the philosophy and usefulness of failure.
This lecture discusses the value of framing a task with constraints.
A discussion of helpful tools to record and foster creativity.
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I began playing piano at the age of 6. As a teenager, I became completely enthralled with boogie woogie, jazz, Scott Joplin, Bach, and Gershwin. In 1989, after college coursework and practicum in music and music theory at Grinnell College and the University Of Washington, Marc Seales, my professor and a noted jazz pianist in his own right recommended I study with his teacher, Jerry Gray, a world renowned player and teacher. Jerry's ability and focus were on connecting my ear to what I played, not what I learned by rote or “lucked in to." This teaching fundamentally changed my understanding of music, and I have been learning and teaching this way ever since.
I had the honor of a lesson on soloing from famed one of the most famous jazz guitarists of all time, Joe Pass, during a visit to Seattle in the mid 1990s.
I have written as a Jazz Critic for Seattle's Earshot Magazine, have completed Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend as an Educator and Vocalist, studying under the likes of such world class luminaries as Rene Marie and Cyrille Aimee. I continue enjoy teaching and performance, while pursuing song writing which I love.
As an Aerospace Engineer with the Federal Aviation Administration, I was the sole propulsion specialist charged with maintaining safety of the Boeing 737NG fleet consisting of 3300 aircraft, equaling a total passenger load of approximately 495000 people. If you've ever flown on a 737, I did my best to regulate Boeing and the airlines, in order to keep your plane as safe as possible.
Additionally, I designed and built liquid fuel rocket engines and test stands for the Aerospace Industry to explore the idea of building low cost rocket engines to facilitate civilian access to space. I was offered employment as an astronaut training engineer at NASA, but turned it down to pursue working at more self-directed pursuits.
I compose original songs, words and lyrics, on an ongoing basis. Mostly jazz, and have at present written over a dozen original tunes, debuted by world renown jazz singer Rene Marie, on her recent European tour.
I design and build the most powerful water guns in the world, because I am at heart, still a boy.
I am a highly accomplished machinist and can build whatever I can think up.
My other areas of invention include medical design, burner design for glass working and metal melting, toys and games.
I went on my first family vacation to the Dunes Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas at the age of 6. The staff spent a week chasing me out of the casino, which fascinated me. This recurred over the years, always to the Dunes, as my folks were connected with the casino and everything was comped (free) for us. They often made a profit on our vacations. Before I'd go to school in the morning, my mother would pull out a deck of cards, and say "Once through the deck, Blackjack!" I learned my craft from Mike Goodman, a pit boss at the Dunes, who got tired of seeing people get completely taken by the casinos, and taught me the right way to play each game to have the very best shot for my money. I owe Mike a debt of gratitude, as these principals apply not only to casino games, but to all areas of life.
I am an accomplished designer and engraver and create my own coins from scratch. This involves cutting dies to stamp them and pressing a blank, usually of pure silver, copper or gold, under tons of pressure to produce an “art" coin.
I hold a Bachelor Of Science, in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor Of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, in English, from the University of Washington, Seattle. I have studied piano, music theory and jazz for over 45 years. I have also attended Grinnell College, Northwestern University and the School Of The Art Institute, Chicago.