How To Be Creative

Einstein said that we’re all born geniuses - gently suggesting that a lot of us must therefore have been educated into mediocrity.

We know from small children that there does indeed appear to be a native spark in them which too often dies out in adults. We are not naive about some of the good reasons why this is: adult responsibilities and duties are crucial.

However, too often something of genuine importance has been lost, which can be usefully captured by the word 'creativity.' In this class, we wonder where creativity goes once childhood ends, and what we might do to recover the best and most useful aspects of it.

The 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.


18.00     Welcome & Class commences
19.30     Break (times vary)
21.00     Class finishes

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'It was great. It was comforting to know that others feel the same as me with their creative blocks.'
— Participant


Heather Whitely Robertson is a creator, educator and imaginist. Most recently she was Director of Audiences and Creative Learning at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and previously worked across a range of internationally-leading cultural institutions including Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Open House in London; and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. Currently she is a writer, maker, mother and Head of Activation and Learning at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.


Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.

These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture and group activity and conversation. Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.

TSOL is a safe, community space for the exploration of significant human concerns. Some of these concerns are of course of a deeply personal nature and if you feel negatively affected by any content or conversations then please approach our faculty member or host who can provide support and guidance.

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How To Be Creative


When and where:
  • Monday 18 September 2017 6 - 9pm
    The School of Life, 370 Bourke St Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010


Full price: $80.00
Concession: $70.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee)

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original class date.

For ticketing and box office enquiries please call 0481 263 041 or email

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