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Exploring the creative process: drawing with tea and ink

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Explore the creative process with artist Slobodan Dan Paich, an ex-Yugoslavian émigré. At his local tea shop in the Bay Area, he performs a daily ritual - producing simple drawings with tea and ink - which he discovered by accident. In this lesson, watch the short film Silent Crescendo, discover Slobodan’s fluid works of art, and delve into the causes and effects of creativity.

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The artist featured in the film, Slobodan Dan Paich, was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia after World War II. He has spent the last 50 years working in the arts. To view more of Slobodan's drawings, visit this page.
The teaching of creativity has become a recent academic discipline. Read this article, "Learning to Think Outside the Box," from The New York Times and examine why learning creativity is essential in today's world.
Radio host Julie Burstein wrote a book titled Spark: How Creativity Works which highlights some of the dimensions of creativity. Watch her TED Talk "4 lessons in creativity." Burstein outlines the "4 lessons" into these categories: experience, challenge, limitation, and loss. In the first lesson, she says that we must pay attention to the world around us.
For inspiration:
"I invent nothing; I rediscover." -Rodin
"Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again." -Goethe
"It is the function of creative people to perceive the relations between thoughts, or things of forms of expression that may seem utterly different, and to combine them into some new forms - the power to connect the seemingly unconnected." -William Plomer
"The real magic of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." -Marcel Proust
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Silent Crescendo was directed by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee. He is the founder and director of the Global Oneness Project, an online multimedia platform which has been producing and curating stories since 2006.
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