Fire, Ink and Play: Developing ‘Creativity’ for Lifelong Learning

By Bronwen Wade Leeuwen.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The ‘Fire, Ink & Play’ Workshop provided an opportunity for preservice teachers to participate in a cross-cultural arts-based program. It also provided the preservice teachers with a safe environment where teachers could open spaces for ‘creativity’ to exist and be encouraged in a ‘spirit of creative play’.

This approach to ‘creativity’ requires an open and risk-taking attitude but it has the potential to develop personal characteristics such as flexibility, fluidity, elaboration and originality (Torrance, 1974).

Keywords: Creativity and Play, National Professional Standards, Critical and Creative Thinking, Local and Global Perspectives, Innovative Art-making Practice, Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.203-216. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.272MB).

Dr. Bronwen Wade Leeuwen

PhD Candidate, Department of Education, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen is a PhD student in Education at Macquarie University. She is particularly interested in how teachers apply ‘Creativity with Play’ in Art Education and how to engage student in diverse learning environments. Bronwen has been researching the concept of ‘Creativity’ in relationship to the early mark-makings found in the rock art of Indigenous peoples such as the Aboriginal Australians, Chinese and Hawaiians. Education: MA in Environmental Design, Grad. Dip., Adult Education (ART), B. Ed. Art Education, Diploma in Fine Arts, Nanyang Academy, Singapore. Professional Teaching Experience: High School, Primary and Early Childhood teaching, ITAS Tutor in Aboriginal Education, Aboriginal Art & Design, University Lecturer and TAFE teacher, Learning Research Assistant- Macquarie University, OTEN, Correspondence School.


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