CREATIVE THINKING v.s. CRITICAL THINKING!
Updated: Mar 24
Creativity is thinking of new ways to do things! It involves producing ideas or behaviours that are original. Therefore there are two essential components to creativity -originality and adaptiveness. A creative individual generate ideas or behaviours that are novel or unusual and these make a positive contribution to the individuals' life or the life of others.
Creative thinking is an act of making a random combination of associations that lead to breakthroughs and new discoveries, that add value to people's lives. It is a performance of an individual's attitude, knowledge, imagination and ability to evaluate interesting ideas and experiences.
To explore how the creative arts can be used to support mental health
Explore different approaches in which creative arts can be used to support recovery.
Explore the benefits of creative pursuits for recovery.
Provide an experience of using creativity in potentially beneficial ways.
WHAT 'CREATIVITY' MEANS TO YOU?
Meaning Activity/ Pathway
To provoke Films/ Paintings/Photography
Physical Dancing /Design/Fashion/ Flower arrangements/Drawings
Rhythm/Harmony Music/Dance/ Visual Arts
Trance Dreaming/ Day dreaming
Liberation Books, Art appreciation general
Energy( Heart) Mandala Art/ Zentangle/ Doodling
Expressive Painting/ drawing/Sculpture
Recovery Better life choices + Art appreciation/ Visiting galleries
Informative Infographics/Digital Design
Vulnerability Personal Discovery
Social Relationships Making new connections
THE BENEFITS OF USING ART FOR RECOVERY:
What creativity means to you and provide an experience of using creativity in a potentially beneficial ways. The benefits of using art for recovery
Better or worsen communication tool
To see a different perspective of the worldview
Improve self-esteem through achievement and participation
Ways of expression
Hope, Control, Opportunity
Inspire change and growth
Relaxing and diverting in stressful times
Engender a sense of belonging in a group activity
Mindful and contemplative activity (flow)
Expression of anger
Art therapy ( Treatment)
Sociable( Engagement and empathy)
Avoiding Judgment such as self-criticism
Brainstorming ideas and thoughts
Not getting bored and feeling of aliveness (for me!)
Geoff Ashcroft Community Centre (Arts Therapies): 0207 197 1401
Idea Store Activity Directory:
Our Art Club (OJ Morreale)
Creativity and Wellbeing Week
Now it’s your turn.
Who is one of your favourite creative person in your life?
Share your thoughts, comments, and questions about your creative journey.