Teeter on the edge! Take risks! With little time to think, gestures are the jumping off point - especially when each drawing looks different.
"Take this clever experiment, led by the psychologist Michael Robinson. He randomly assigned a few hundred undergraduates to two different groups. The first group was given the following instructions: "You are seven years old, and school is canceled. You have the entire day to yourself. What would you do? Where would you go? Who would you see? The second group was given the exact same instructions, except the first sentence was deleted. As a result, these students didn't imagine themselves as seven-year-olds. After writing for ten minutes, the subjects in both groups were then given various tests of creativity, such as trying to invent alternative uses for an old car tire, or listing all the things one could do with a brick. interestingly, the students who imagined themselves as young kids scored far higher on the creative tasks, coming up with twice as many ideas as the other group. It turns out that we can recover the creativity we've lost with time. We just have to pretend we're little kids."
- From Imagine: How Creativity Works, by Jonah Lehrer
|Luana's first 10 minute drawing|
|One of many of Luana's one minute gestures|