Creativity from Constraints: The Psychology of Breakthrough

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Springer Publishing Company, Aug 17, 2005 - Psychology - 182 pages

In this exciting new contribution to the study of creativity, psychologist, artist, and writer Dr. Patricia Stokes delves into the minds of famous creative artists and discovers the surprising source leading to their creative breakthroughs.

From Picasso to Stravinsky, Kundera and Chanel to Frank Lloyd Wright, it is not boundary-less creative freedom that inspires new ideas, but self-imposed, well-considered constraints. Monet forced himself to repeatedly paint the way light broke on, between, and around his subjects, contrasting color instead of light and dark, and softening edges in the process. His constraints catapulted the art world from representational to impressionist art.

Whatever your creative field--be you an artist, educator, or psychologist who studies creativity and problem solving--Stokes shows you how to think clearly about your creative development and design the vital constraints that will take you to breakthrough.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 The Creativity Problem
1
CHAPTER 2 Constraints and First Choruses
7
CHAPTER 3 Constraints for Creativity in Literature
14
CHAPTER 4 Constraints for Creativity in Art
32
CHAPTER 5 Constraints for Creativity in Fashion
54
CHAPTER 6 Constraints for Creativity in Architecture
69
CHAPTER 7 Constraints for Creativity in Advertising
91
CHAPTER 8 Constraints for Creativity in Music
102
CHAPTER 9 Constraints for Developing Creativity
119
A Recap
130
References
137
Working with Constraints for Columbia University Students
145
Working With Constraints for a Group of Students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
155
Index
163
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