Creativity from Constraints in the Performing Arts

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9780692611999: Creativity from Constraints in the Performing Arts

This book was written to be useful. To be a tool. Actually two kinds of tools. One is for your head. You will learn many new things. You will learn... That creativity is a problem solving process. That well-known creators and performers (in dance, drama, jazz, opera, improv, comedy, etc.) use paired constraints to construct solution paths. That one of the pair precludes something specific in an existing style or solution. That the other provides a substitute to replace it. That constraint pairs cascade - one substitution suggesting or requiring another. That a series of substitutions becomes the solution path that replaces the existing and defines the new. The other tool is for your hands. You will learn new ways of using what your know. You will learn... How to make your tool box bigger. How to get past your gatekeepers. How to use paired constraints to start doing something new. How to use paired constraints to continue doing something new. Use your new tools. Use them to do something new.

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Pat Stokes is a psychologist who teaches and does research at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her expertise in creativity is hands-on: prior to becoming a psychol0gist, she studied painting and graphics at Pratt, wrote advertising copy at J. Walter Thompson (in New York and Tokyo), and was a creative group head at Ted Bates & Co. Her approach is that of a practitioner, applying a constraint-based strategy (acquired in art school and advertising) to analyzing past, and facilitating future, creations/innovations (in the arts, education, and business). Her most recent innovation is a radically simplified math curriculum called Only the NUMBERS count. The curriculum uses an explicit base-10 count (11 is called ten-one) and a count-and-combine chart with movable parts (designed by the author) to teach single- and double-digit addition and subtraction in kindergarten and first grade, and a multi-operation chart (also created by the author) to teach multiplication, division, and fractions simultaneously in 2nd and 3rd grades. The curriculum was designed using the constraint pair model introduced in her first book (Creativity from Constraints: The Psychology of Breakthrough) and further developed in this.

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