While the literature supports the notion that creativity involves a confluence of important factors a clear answer as to how to enhance creativity is difficult to find. The purpose of this study was to explore the degree to which five elements –motivation, uncommon commitment, skill, imagination and courage (M.U.S.I.C.) – show up in the lives of creative people. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six artists who met the criteria for inclusion as outstanding. A thematic analysis using a theory-driven a priori template of codes revealed eight themes including: primacy of passion, skill empowers creativity, imagination is essential and making art involves risks and challenges. Five directives from the themes are explored.
|Keywords:||Creativity, Imagination, Excellence, Learning, Teaching, Artists|
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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