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Course Syllabus

Title: Creativity: What, Why, and How?


Credits: 3 - 1 credit = 15 contact hours
Instructor: Joy Kipp
Meeting dates and times: Mondays, 4-7 p.m. January 12 - May 2, 2015
Location: UVM

CourseDescription:
The human mind has an amazing ability to create. There is ample evidence that
humans have been creating throughout history and across cultures. What is
creativity? Why do some people seem more creative than others? Find out what
creativity is, how the creative process works, and the vital role creativity plays in
society. Learn how to enhance your own creative process - as well as your
colleagues and/or students. Discover first-hand out how professional artists, writers,
entrepreneurs, and other creative-types develop and sustain their creativity. This
course will combine reading, research, presentations, and a variety of inspirational
hands-on activities and exercises. Come prepared to have a safe place in which to
challenge your self, take creative risks, and break out of your comfort zone. It will be
a whole lot of serious fun!
Goals:
The successful student will be able to:
1. understand current research on the creative process
2. self-reflect on his or her own creative process
3. expand his or her repertoire of creativity-boosting techniques (both for him/herself
and for working with others)
4. give examples of the underlying assumptions and concepts of the creative process
5. feel a renewed vigor for being a professional in any field
6. feel a renewed vigor for being.
Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn techniques to enhance their own creativity.
Students will learn and practice exercises to foster their own creative process with
colleagues and/or students.
Students will learn what to do when their creativity is blocked.

Students will develop techniques for improving creativity that can be implemented in
their academic, professional, and personal lives.
Students will create original ways to present their research findings.

General Course Information


Course Policies/Expectations:
Students will be expected to share their educational, professional, and personal
experiences regarding the creative process. Contributions include consistent
attendance to class and field trips, participation in class discussions, discussions with
instructor, and written assignments.

Attendance Expectations:
Students are expected to attend all classes and field trips, be prepared for all
presenters and presentations, meet with instructor regularly, and read the required
materials.

Religious Observance:
The official policy for excused absences for religious holidays: Students have the
right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in
writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their
documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit
students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this
work.
Contributions in Class:
Due to the nature of this class and the fact that we are building a trusting atmosphere
in which to take creative risks, it is imperative that students contribute openly,
honestly, and equitably.

Academic Honesty & Professionalism:


All students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the Academic Honesty
Policy Procedures delineated in the most recent edition of The Cats Tale. (
HYPERLINK "http://www.uvm.edu/~dosa/handbook/"
http://www.uvm.edu/~dosa/handbook/).
Accommodations:
Accommodations will be provided to eligible students with disabilities. Please obtain
an accommodation letter from the ACCESS office and see one of the instructors

early in the course to discuss what accommodations will be necessary. If you are
unfamiliar with ACCESS, visit their website at HYPERLINK
"http://www.uvm.edu/access" http://www.uvm.edu/access to learn more about the
services they provide. ACESS: A-170 Living Learning Center, University of
Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. PH: 802-656-7753, TTY: call 711 (relay), Fax:
802-656-0739, Email: HYPERLINK "mailto:access@uvm.edu" access@uvm.edu,
Instant Messenger: UVMaccess. General office hours: 8:30am 4:30pm Monday
through Friday. Call to make an appointment.
Required and/or recommended readings:
The Artists Way at Work, Riding the Dragon, Twelve Weeks to Creative Freedom
by Mark Bryan, Julia Cameron, and Catherine Allen
The Fifth Transformation, pgs. 128-154
Creating Minds, An Anatomy of Creativity Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein,
Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi
by Howard Gardner
Chapter 9, Mahatma Gandhi: A Hold Upon Others, pgs. 330 353
(feel free to read the beginning of the chapter, pgs. 312-330, if you have time and/or
inclination!)
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention
By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Chapter 14: Enhancing Personal Creativity, pgs. 343-372
Twyla Tharp The Creative Habit, Learn it and Use it for Life
by Twyla Tharp
Chapter 6: Scratch, pgs. 94 -115
Uncommon Genius: How Great Ideas are Born, Tracing the Creative Impulse with Forty
Winners of the MacArthur Award
by Denise Shekerjian
Chapter 7: A Change of Perspective, pgs. 99-114, and Chapter 11: The Harmony of
Instinct and Judgment, pgs. 164-173
Walking in This World
by Julia Cameron just spend time with the whole book, using what works for you
What We Ache For: Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul
by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Chapter 6: Developing a Creative Practice, pgs. 99-116
Brain and Creativity Articles:

Brain Regions May Sap or Spur Creativity by Carol Cruzan Morton, from Harvard
Focus, December 12, 2003
Right Brain Smarts: Creative Peoples Brains Function Differently, posted by Rebecca
Sato, January 30, 2008
Scientists unravel what makes us creative: Jazz musicians riffed on a keyboard inside an
MRI chamber for brain scan by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer, March 10, 2008

Other Recommended Readings:


The Act of Creation
by Arthur Koestler
A Kick in the Seat of the Pants: Using Your Explorer, Artist, Judge, & Warrior To Be
More Creative
by Roger von Oech
A Whack on the Side of the Head
by Roger von Oech
Boost Your Brain Power: A Total Program to Sharpen Your Thinking and Age-Proof
Your Mind
by Ellen Michaud, Russell Wild, and the editors of Prevention magazine
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day
by Michael J. Gelb
The Origins of Creativity
edited by Karl H. Pfenninger and Valerie R. Shubik
The Writing Life
by Annie Dillard
any book by Julia Cameron, e.g. The Artists Way, Walking in This World, and/or The
Sound of Paper

Week-by-Week Reading Rubric:


Please see syllabus. Readings will be done in a rotating format.

Electronic Submissions/Internet Use: - If applicable


Work may be submitted electronically to:
jkipp@uvm.edu

Student Evaluation/Assessment
Grading:
The criteria upon which participants will be graded in the course include the following:

Reflection/summary papers: (7) about readings, (1) response to


performance art*, (1) response to visual art gallery walk, (1) response
to one guest presenter
Complete home work assignment activities and reflect on your
experiences via journal entries and class discussion
Journal
In-class participation and contributions (and attendance)
(1) Out-of-Comfort Zone Presentation

*attend one live performance on your own

Description of Class Assignments:


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Percentage Contribution of Each Assignment:

Reflection/summary papers: (7) about readings, (1) response to


performance art*, (1) response to visual art gallery walk, (1) response
to one guest presenter
Complete home work assignment activities and reflect on your
experiences via journal entries and class discussion
Journal

20%
25%
20%

In-class participation and contributions (and attendance)


Out-of-Comfort Zone Presentation

25%
10%

*attend one live performance on your own

Instructional Sequence: - List the course topics for each scheduled class
meeting date including readings and assignment due dates.

Week 1: Monday, January 12, 2015


1. Creative Introductions
2. Overview of Course Syllabus, Objectives, and Expectations
3. Creativity and Multiple Intelligences
4. Create your own hand-made journal
5. Introduction to Four Roles of the Creative Process
6. Focus on your Explorer
7. Creativity Self-Assessments
Homework assignment(s):
1. Read your weekly chapters/articles, take notes, write 1-page
summary/reflection
2. Contribute to your journal (see handout: Ideas for your Journal)
3. Work on activities to turn up your Explorer

Week 2: Monday, January 26, 2015


1. Share response to Explorer Activities
2. Technological moment: sparking imagination!
3. Simple Pop-ups
4. Field trip - Bailey Howe Special Collections Book Arts Collection
Homework assignment(s):
1. Work on the cover of your journal. Answer the question Who Are You? - in a
creative way! (due October 11)
2. In your journal, write 1-2 paragraphs that address: What physical and/or spiritual
methods do you use to help your creative process? How do the practices help you? If you
do not use any, reflect on: why not?
3. Read your weekly chapters/articles, take notes, write a1-page summary/reflection
4. Contribute to your journal
5. For February 2, wear loose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel.

Extra Credit: Attend the League of Vermont Writers Annual Meeting this weekend and
write a 1-2 page personal reflection on what you observed/experienced about creativity.
For more information and schedule see: http://www.leagueofvermontwriters.org/
Week 3: Monday, February 2, 2015
1. Technological moment: sparking imagination!
2. Guest Presenter: Jessica Barnum
Jess Barnum is a reading teacher at Champlain Valley Union High School in
Hinesburg. She is also a Reiki practitioner and yoga teacher specializing in teen
yoga and asthma wellness. She loves spending time biking, skiing, wake
surfing, making jewelry, and writing poetry.
3. Yoga exercise
4. Reflections on using physical/spiritual means to enhance creativity
5. Focus on your Artist
Homework assignment(s):
1. Work on the cover of your journal. Answer the question Who Are You? - in a
creative way! (due March 9)
2. Read your weekly chapters/articles, take notes, write a 1-page summary/reflection
3. Contribute to your journal
4. Work on activities to turn up your Artist
Week 4: Monday, February 9, 2015
1. Share response to Artist Activities
2. Technological moment: sparking imagination!
3. Guest Presenter: Dr. Steve Taubman
Dr. Steve Taubman, America's Keynote Hypnotist and bestselling author, is highly
regarded for his unique ability to combine laughter, hypnosis and empowering stories to
effect true change in organizations and lives. Dr. Steve teaches you to quickly and easily
how to gain access to more of your mind, clear the mental roadblocks, and take action to
propel you and your team toward your goals.
For more information, see http://stevetaubman.com/
Homework assignment(s):
1. Work on the cover of your journal. Answer the question Who Are You? - in a
creative way! (due March 9)
2. Read your weekly chapters/articles, take notes, write a 1-page summary/reflection
3. Contribute to your journal
4. Work on activities to turn up your Explore and Artist
Week 5: Monday, February 23, 2015
1. Mid-Term Open Reflections
2. Technological moment: sparking imagination!

3. Creativity and comfort zones


4. Intro to Final Presentations
5. Guest Speaker: Denise Shekerjian
Shekerjian, author of Uncommon Genius, interviewed forty MacArthur Prize
winners in an attempt to discover "how great ideas are born." Her work reveals
their creative impulse: from risk-taking, openness, concentration, resiliency, and
a great love of the work. Her research into creativity applies itself to various fields
(community action, political science, writing, art history, woodworking, and even
being a clown), and also about how to nurture your own "creative genius." She
will share her insights about the creative process and about being a writer.

Homework assignment(s):
1. Work on the cover of your journal. Answer the question Who Are You? - in a
creative way! (due next week)
2. Read your weekly chapters/articles, take notes, write a 1-page summary/reflection
3. Contribute to your journal
4. Work on activities to turn up your Explore and Artist
5. Decide on Out-of-Comfort Zone final presentation
Week 6: Monday, March 9, 2015
1. Technological moment: sparking imagination!
2. Present Journal Covers
3. Focus on your Judge
4. Work on Out-of-Comfort Zone presentations in class
Homework assignment(s):
1. Read your weekly chapters/articles, take notes, write 1-page summary/reflection
2. Contribute to your journal
3. Work on Out-of-Comfort Zone final presentation (due April 6)
4. Work on activities to turn up (or turn down) your Judge
Week 7: Monday, March 16, 2015
1.Technological moment: sparking imagination!
2. Share response to Judge Activities
3. Guest Presenters: Panel of Visual and Performance Artists - Kathryn Blume, Actress,
Playwright and Activist, Paul Asbell, Jazz Guitarist, Jude Bond, Visual Artist
Homework assignment(s):
1. Read your weekly chapters/articles, take notes, write a 1-page summary/reflection (all
readings due next week)
2. Contribute to your journal
3. Work on Out-of-Comfort Zone final presentation
4. Work on activities to turn up your Explorer, Artist, and Judge

Week 8: Monday, March 23, 2015


1. Discuss readings. What trends did you notice? What surprised you most?
2. Guest presenter: Engineer (tba)
How to use principles of engineering in a fun, creative and collaborative manner,
relevant to everyday life, to excite students about science, math, engineering and
the design process.
Homework assignment(s):
1. Contribute to your journal
2. Work on Out-of-Comfort Zone final presentation
3. Work on activities to turn up your Explorer, Artist, and Judge
Week 9: Monday, March 23, 2015
Burlington Gallery Walk
Homework assignment(s):
1. Contribute to your journal
2. Work on Out-of-Comfort Zone final presentation
3. Work on activities to turn up your Explorer, Artist, and Judge
Week 10: Monday, March 30, 2015
1.Technological moment: sparking imagination!
2. Focus on your Warrior
3. Guest Presenter: Stu McGowan
Stu the Tatoo is an entrepreneur, a community activist, an award-winning video producer,
and a man who has dedicated his personal and professional life to the creative process.
He is the ultimate Warrior!
4. Work on Out-of-Comfort Zone presentations in-class with Stu
Homework assignment(s):
1. Contribute to your journal
2. Work on Out-of-Comfort Zone final presentation
3. Work on activities to turn up your Warrior

Week 11: Monday, April 6, 2015


1. Share response to Warrior Activities
2. Out-of-Comfort Zone Presentations
3. Out-of-Comfort Zone Presentation Evaluations
Homework assignment(s):

1. Contribute to your journal


2. Work on activities to turn up your Explorer, Artist, Judge, and Warrior
Week 12: Monday, April 13, 2015
1. Out-of-Comfort Zone Presentations
2. Out-of-Comfort Zone Presentation Evaluations
Homework assignment(s):
1. Contribute to your journal
2. Work on activities to turn up your Explorer, Artist, Judge, and Warrior

Week 13: Monday, April 20, 2015


1.Technological moment: sparking imagination!
2. Reflect on Comfort Zone presentations
3. Creative Activities
4. Self-Assessment
5. Hand in Journals
Week 14: Monday, April 27, 2015
Creativity Geocaching Throughout UVM and Burlington
Week 15: Monday, May 4, 2015
1. Course Wrap-up
2. Creative eating
3. Course Evaluations

Supplemental Readings:
(Additional readings on course content, should students like to pursue additional
information on course topic)

The Act of Creation


by Arthur Koestler
A Kick in the Seat of the Pants: Using Your Explorer, Artist, Judge, & Warrior To Be
More Creative
by Roger von Oech

A Whack on the Side of the Head


by Roger von Oech
Boost Your Brain Power: A Total Program to Sharpen Your Thinking and Age-Proof
Your Mind
by Ellen Michaud, Russell Wild, and the editors of Prevention magazine
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day
by Michael J. Gelb
The Origins of Creativity
edited by Karl H. Pfenninger and Valerie R. Shubik
The Writing Life
by Annie Dillard
any book by Julia Cameron, e.g. The Artists Way, Walking in This World, and/or The
Sound of Paper

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