A GUIDE TO CREATIVITY
We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.
- Kurt Vonnegut
Join us from Tuesday 2 until Saturday 27 May as The School of Life explores the topic of Creativity. We will question our assumptions about creativity, exploring whether creativity is an elite activity; a side-show incidental to the core concerns of our lives or whether it’s something that – ideally – we’re always involved in.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF LIFE GUIDES TO
The School of Life is dedicated to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture. Our Guides To, look at a specific theme and provide an opportunity to attend classes, workshops and special events that explore that theme from multiple perspectives. Join us for the full journey of the Guides To offering or try a one-off class when it's convenient.
THE ART OF IMPERFECTION
This class focuses on finding the correct balance. We discuss what it feels like to suffer from the ills of perfectionism, and how counter-productive this impulse can be. We consider the causes of perfectionism in the modern world and in our personal histories. Then, we investigate how to be better, more effective perfectionists where it counts and when to wisely surrender to imperfection.
THE POINT OF ART TOUR
In partnership with The Other Art Fair, The Point of Art guided tour aims to provoke a rethinking of some crucial assumptions about what the experience of art is for. The tour is an intimate experience in which you will be guided through unique interpretations of selected pieces in The Other Art Fair, and asked to share your insights and responses to the selection in conversation with other participants.
REWIRING YOUR BRAIN FOR CREATIVITY
In this special workshop, we will explore how to get back in touch with non-conventional thinking, re-write the rules of assumption and explore how creativity is relevant in almost every aspect of life. In this three hour workshop of experiential play and deep learning, we will explore how to break the rules of conventional thinking to re-wire your creative brain.
HOW TO BE CREATIVE
This class employs a range of experiments to help us gain practical access to our latent creative selves. We discover how to boost a key ingredient of creativity: confidence. We explore why intuition, play and daydreaming are essential to innovation. We find out how blocks and boredom can, paradoxically, become creative triggers. We take an honest look at what motivation we need to sustain us, and examine ancient and modern wisdom on how to handle failure and setbacks - all in the name of unearthing our intelligent and mature creative potential.
ART AS THERAPY GUIDED TOUR
The Art as Therapy Guided Tours seek to help us develop a deeper understanding of art and of ourselves in equal measure. The tours are an intimate experience in which you will be guided through unique interpretations of selected pieces in the National Gallery of Victoria’s permanent collection, and asked to share your insights and responses to the selection in conversation with other participants.
THE ART OF GETTING DRESSED
Whether you are bewildered by the world of clothing, want to rethink your wardrobe or are a designer or aspiring stylist, this workshop provides a unique and nurturing environment in which to explore the connection between your inner life and your outer style. We’ll explore the emotional impact our clothes have on us, the conscious and unconscious influences on how we get dressed, the relationship between clothing and our identity and the ways we communicate and can enact social change through what we wear.
THE SERIOUS BUSINESS OF PLAYFULNESS
In this full-day workshop we will explore the biology and neuroscience of play and why this apparently ‘purposeless’ activity serves a very important evolutionary role. We will discover why, after our basic needs of survival are met, humans are hard-wired to spontaneously play. We will learn how to integrate different types and states of play into our lives in order to regain perspective, build on our creativity and develop a stronger sense of self.