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Creativity from Constraints

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Creativity from Constraints

SKU# 9780826178459

The Psychology of Breakthrough

Author: Patricia D. Stokes PhD


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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.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 17, 2005
  • Page Count 182
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826178459
  • EISBN 9780826197856

Table of Contents 

  1. The Creativity Problem
  2. Constraints and First Choruses
  3. Constraints for Creativity in Literature
  4. Constraints for Creativity in Art
  5. Constraints for Creativity in Fashion
  6. Constraints for Creativity in Architecture
  7. Constraints for Creativity in Advertising
  8. Constraints for Creativity in Music
  9. Constraints for Developing Creativity
  10. Central Concepts: A Recap

  11. References
    Appendix A: "Working withi Constraints" for Columbia University Students
    Appendix B: "Working with Constraints for a Group of Students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago