Art Brain

How to Think Like an Artist

kidcreate-studio_allie-in-front-of-artHave you ever noticed that some people seem to have a naturally ability to think creatively? Such individuals are not necessarily artists, and may not have a particular interest in art. However, these people have a way of thinking that allows them to look at almost any object, situation, or person with a certain depth of curiosity or understanding that helps them to think “outside of the box” and find the extraordinary.

Not everyone is predisposed to be an artist. Yet, creative thinking or “thinking like an artist” is something we all can do! Dr. Craig Roland, an art education professor, put together this list of what it means to think like an artist.*

  1. You look at things more closely than most people
  2. You find beauty in everyday things and situations
  3. You make connections between seemingly disparate things and ideas
  4. You go beyond ordinary ways of thinking and doing
  5. You take risks and accept the possibility that you might not succeed
  6. You learn from your mistakes
  7. You arrange things in new and interesting ways
  8. You work hard and at the edge of your potential
  9. You are persistent
  10. You use old ideas to create new ideas
  11. You do some things simply because it is personally challenging

Imagine if all children were taught these habits from a young age and grew up with the mindset of an artist?  Not only would we see more artists create more imaginative work, we would also see more extraordinary ideas developed in other disciplines.

*Adapted from a list written by Dr. Craig Roland. Retrieved from ReadingRockets.org, 5/8/2015 

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