The Creative Scholars Project is a weekly discussion group – hosted by the Creative Mind Initiative and the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts - which examines creativity as it plays out in the teaching and research of faculty and students across academic disciplines at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. These conversations are a critical engagement with our creative processes in our teaching, research, and scholarship. We are interested in promoting interdisciplinary and interinstitutional conversations about what creativity is, how to better foster conditions for promoting it, and how to translate these insights into more effective pedagogies for teaching creative process within our respective disciplines.
Posts tagged "Design"
Playtime - How to Think About Games

Playtime – How to Think About Games

We just can’t stop thinking about games. Over the course of the semester, our discussions and workshops have centered on word games, board games, computer games, and how each has the potential to shift (or explode) our mode of thinking. Michael Stewart, lecturer in the Brown English department, employs Surrealist parlor games “to make the writing...
The Architecture of a Syllabus

The Architecture of a Syllabus

Kali Quinn and TJ Kalaitzidis floated a prompt: “When we think about learning, what do we love, what do we fear, what do we feel?” During a Friday Creative Scholars meeting, they challenged us to peer through this visceral lens as we mapped the architecture of a class-term. But rather than launch directly into a...
You can steal the secrets of this truly creative school

You can steal the secrets of this truly creative school

Adam Tilove is the Head of School for the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island. We at the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island pride ourselves on being an institution that “inspires creativity.” I was asked by the folks at the Creative Scholars Project “how” we do that on a practical level. Here...
Post-Its and Prototypes: IDEO comes to town

Post-Its and Prototypes: IDEO comes to town

I knew I was in the right place when I heard someone exclaim, “Yay! We have more Post-Its!” The place was the Brown Design Workshop, and the Post-It enthusiasts were hard at work prototyping wearable technology products as part of an all-day event titled “From the Bottom of My Fuel Cell.” The event, which brought...
Flying (Jr.) High - Airplanes and iteration

Flying (Jr.) High – Airplanes and iteration

“Who knows anything about design?” This morning, Ian ran a couple workshops with middle school students as part of the “Day of Academic Discovery and Exploration” for Brown’s 250th Anniversary. Two groups of around 15 seventh and eighth graders, from Del Sesto Middle School, Aldrich Jr. High School, Trinity Academy, and Martin Middle School, sat...
Lessons in Legos

Lessons in Legos

What better sight for sore, rainy-morning eyes than an ocean of Legos? We arrived, we chatted, we launched—for forty minutes of Friday’s Creative Scholars Project meeting, we focused completely on creating. There was no assignment, and there were no rules. Just play. Ian and Adam built spaceships. From the start, they sought appropriate blocks (the...