n De Arte - Understanding creative intuition

Volume 2011, Issue 83
  • ISSN : 0004-3389
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The teaching of the creative arts in an academic context is relatively complex and may be seen as problematic due to the fact that the creative process includes both rational and non-rational aspects. The rational aspects of creativity, such as cognitive strategies and skills development, are addressed overtly in university courses, but the non-rational aspects of the creative process, such as intuition and imagination, are often not discussed due to a lack of understanding. Creative intuition, in particular, is seen as 'mystical' and inexplicable because it is not based on reason and logic. This article, however, argues that creative intuition can be understood. By exploring psychological and philosophical explanations of creative intuition it demystifies the concept, and five key principles underlying creative intuition are presented, which may provide the basis for further discourse in the field of creative arts education.

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