Sunday, 2 November 2008

How Creative are You Really?

Here is a little story I found on the internet that I read to my class.

"In 1968 NASA distributed a creativity test among 1600 five year olds. 98% of the children scored as highly creative. 
When retested five years later, only 30% of the ten-year-olds scored in the highly creative category. 
By the age of fifteen, only 12% fell into the same category. 

When the test was give to 280,000 adults, only 2% fell into the highly creative category."


Do we lose our creativity, or is it just hiding?

15 comments:

miz katie said...

I think it's a camp fire that someone (or something) tried to put out, but can't. So, it sits and smolders for a while, until POOF! It lights itself up again, and off it goes. Unstoppable.

Rosie said...

I think it's because we become self-conscious as we age... and we become too concerned about what 'other people' think. And then we conform (personally, I don't a lot of the time!!) but along the way, something - maybe our creativity - is scarificed.
I have a good friend who puts it down to losing the ability to 'play'...
I love your journals and maybe one day, if I visit Oz, I could take a class with you. Thanks for sharing your process!

LuLu said...

Bonjour Zom! Great post, GREAT BLOG! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your great comment! About creativity, I think it all goes with the "loosing your inner child" as you grow older... And having time to let it all go and BE creative... I also love your Rock godess doll, she is INCREDIBLE! And lastly, your post about new artists worrying that their art will not sell, Hum! this is such an internet created syndrome. Now, people copy others to create, view images created by someone else, like it, then try to make it in the same style. Thiss kills me! A copier will never produce anything else than a bad version of great art. This is why I find it a strange fashion to take course from an artists, then copy them instead of use their tools and tricks to create something of their own... Art takes time and selling it to someone else happens...but it can not be the reason for creating... Ok, enough venting! Will come and visit again soon! Have a great week! LuLu

Monique said...

I agree wholeheartidly with Rosie here. In fact, I just had the same conversation with my mother yesterday about this very thing. I find when you hit your 30's you start to care a bit less what people think of you or how you look in the eyes of the general populus.
I'm 33 now (so I'm still a youngin') but I find I'm having more fun now than I did at 23 and it's mainly because I feel free to laugh at myself or to laugh when others laugh at me.

carlikup said...

Well, I agree with everybody and what Monique said really hits home for me. I'm at a point in my life where I'm not bothered by others' opinions anymore. I always had that creative side in me (we all do, in my opinion), but always suppressed it because of my insecurities. But being in my late 30's I've learned to let go. Anyways .. I started doing art for its' therapeutical side, not to become a professional artist ... so pressure's off for me :0)

Zom said...

It is interesting to me that everyone who has commented believes that the creativity is still there. Of course we are all being creative in our life, so we know that is true!
My creativity is getting bigger, I can feel it. I don't think it is so much growing as I am discovering how to go there and uncovering more and more of it. Which is what I am sharing with my class.

Such a wonderful journey!

I love how you put it Mz Katie, "POOF! and off it goes. Unstoppable."

nollyposh said...

i think it's all still there and that we just need a little rememberin' X;-)

Walk in the Woods said...

Oh, don't get me goin'!

I'll try to be brief.

In my experience growing up in the NE US, creativity is - discouraged, scoffed at, belittled, judged as a capacity/ability without value or worth to society at large, and simply - indoctrinated out of us at a young age in the hopes that we become good little workers and consumers.

But I'm not bitter! LOL! :D

Zom said...

Just a little healthy indignation Rosemari, lol.

APO (Bem-Trapilho) said...

beautiful! :)

the translator is awfull, I know! but I just don't have the time to translate every text that I write! if you have any doughts you can sa me that i'll come and let you know! :)

kisses from the other side of the world!

PJ's talkin'.... said...

My take on loosing the creative part is it's taught right out of us in school. No No, color inside the line, don't be different, no that's not the right answer, this is the ONLY way to do it....and a few art teachers competeing with their students, comparing their work with a childs. The list is long... then you get old enough, hopefully, that you realize you are different and it ain't a bad thing. In fact, now I wallow in it! I celebrate it! I've found that little girl that was sooo much fun, and had all those great ideas... thanks for letting me speak on my soap box! ~PJ

Lisa said...

I happen to think those pages are incredible. The contrast is beautifully tied in by the mirror image. Very well done.

I'm not at of high school yet. I'm in my senior year and enjoying every moment of it =] ...its about time, I stopped taking things for granted!

Connie said...

Just this week a second grade kid asked me "if kids become more creative as they grow older" (those were his exact words)? He wanted to know if he would be more of an Artist in 8th grade then he was now. That floored me!! I love it! I told him that it was up to him...that being an Artist he had to choose to be aware and be brave to express his creative side and to practice. I told him that sometimes, as kids get older, they worry too much about what other kids might say, and they hide their creativity...I told him that adults do that too. But if he really loved Art, he'll want to keep expressing his creativity..that he even might feel he needs to.

Wow! To be in 2nd grade wondering if your creativity will grow. How could any one answer such a deep and soulful question.

Peace & Love.

afiori said...

I've been thinking a lot about this too, and I wrote about it a while back: http://afiori.blogspot.com/2008/09/creativity-in-children-vs-adults.html

Zom said...

It sounds to me like you answered your second grader very well, Connie.