My Top 10 Amy Bucciarelli

This is my Top 10 Portfolio, highlighting my ten favorite things from the Creativity-in-Context course.. Come see what I learned!

Straw Towers Exercise

This exercise was used to help us better understand the creative thinking tool empathy. I was asked to be part of a group, but had to close my eyes the whole time, so while my classmates were building this super tall structure, I felt like I couldn't help. However, this also made me much more aware of my other senses. Sometimes, in creative work our other senses can tell us a lot of good information that can enhance our creativity. For example, I really had to feel the straws and helped my group discover a better solution to fitting them together.

30-Day Challenge

The 30-Day challenge was a project where we had to spend at least 10 minutes everyday doing a creative task. It was really difficult to fit a creative task each day into my busy school schedule. However, I noticed that when I did set aside the time, it helped me become less stressed for the other schoolwork I had to accomplish. I also learned that I really love to make mandalas. I noticed that the more I made, the more creative I got with them. Some days were easier than others which also taught me that sometimes creativity isn't best forced and other times it comes flowing easily. I especially noticed that when the environment was quite and calm I made more reflective art and when there was a lot going on around me my art was more chaotic. This reminded me of how influential one of the 4P's "Place" can be to creativity.

Dance wins over PowerPoint

One of the best videos we watched this semester was "Dance your Phd by John Bohannon. I loved that he wanted people to use interesting approaches for presentation and didn't want to see the world have anymore boring PowerPoints. I also liked that he practice what he preached through having others "dance" his presentation. His presentation demonstrated several of the Creative Thinking Tools we've been studying throughout the semester including "body thinking", "imaging" (in the way he used the people's movements to explain complex cell concepts), and "play" in how he was lighthearted in his ideas about presentations. It is a must see!

3D Modeling Project

3D Rakes for a Zen Garden we learned the design thinking process through three iterations of prototypes. It was frustrating to fail at first, but failure taught us a lot. We learned that the best models had a reinforced neck, 8B lead, and two rake sizes. We put a lot of work into this project, but it was worth it to learn the 3D modeling technology and see our resents pay off!

Overall, this course taught me to better understand the definition of creativity, the 4P's important to creativity: person, process, place, product (and persuasion), 13 different creative thinking tools that can enhance creative capacities and lead to innovation, and the design thinking process.

I can't wait until Creativity-in-Action!


Created with images by karen2754 - "straws" • 422737 - "colour pencils color paint" • be creator - "Dancing"

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