Everybody has a creative side, but if your’s it yet to be discovered, ‘now’ is a good time.
Artists are born and not made? That’s the notion everyone has grown up with. However, Active Canvas intends to defy this very hackneyed notion through a rather innovative course.
The course – Understanding Creativity, is basedon the concept that believes every individual is born creative. But most do not get the opportunity to express their creativity.
Raksha, organiser of Understanding Creativity, says, “This is the first time we are organising a course that helps people discover their creative self. Creativity is innate, but one needs to make an effort to recognise it,” she adds.
The course instructor, Kalyan Rathore, is an example himself. He is a self-taught artist and has designed various exercises to brush up one’s creative spirit. “The course is for everybody, because creativity is something which is required in all sectors. Even a businessman or a working professional needs to be creative in order to be able to give better presentations or even to sound different,” explains Raksha.
Express your Right
“Most of us often make do by using only the left side of our brain (the mechanical and technical knowledge side). The right side, or rather the creative side gets suppressed,” says Kalyan Rathore. Since childhood we are pressurised to memorise and reproduce stuff, which involves left brain activities and hence the right brain gets sidelined or sometimes even deactivated.
“In this course, we have simple activities that prove to be complete eye-openers. For example – trying to write with your left hand when you are right-handed. This gives you a new perspective towards things and also boosts creativity,” says Rathore.
According to Rathore, the above activity works wonders even if you are struggling to find a solution to a problem. “Play a game of table tennis with your left hand, provided you are right-handed. That will open out new possibilities for solving your problem.”
A new Face
Citing examples of other methods that enhance creativity, Kalyan Rathore says, “I use a lot of simple puzzles and non-verbal communication because that leverages creativity.”
“Here participants are asked to project themselves in a different light. They have to draw and identify themselves as different shapes and then explain why they denote that shape. Apart from being funny and exciting, the main function of this activity is to brighten your creative self,” he signs off.