You will prepare and submit a term paper on Creativity: Talent or Discipline. Your paper should be a minimum of 1750 words in length. The following essay will focus on answering the above-mentioned questions. Also, it aims to analyze the nature of creativity, its main aspects and factors that influence the development of a person’s creative skills. As a result, it should be understood whether creativity is an inborn talent or everyone can nurture it in himself. Finally, it is pertinent to describe some techniques which help to foster individual creativity as well as how creativity may be explained to children.
So, what is creativity? Some people amount to the artistic work of musicians, artists, actors, thinking that creativity refers only to those who have some visible talents, which differ them from the rest. At the same time, others believe that creativity is a talent itself. In fact, it can be said that creativity is a result of the talent which was developed and practically realized. Otherwise, without having a social acknowledge it, the talent is likely to fade with time. Certainly, talent can serve as a hobby. Yet, without recognition of its uniqueness, it has nothing to do with creativity.
Ken Robinson, the honored Professor of Education, defined creativity as “a process of having original ideas that have value” (Azzam 22). He has pointed out that all people, and especially children, have talents, given to them by nature (Robinson 16). Yet, as it was said, mere talent is not enough to become creative. According to Robinson, “being creative is looking for new ways of doing things within the activity you’re involved in” (Azzam 22). For instance, singers and musicians of the Beatles famous rock band definitely had talents of singing and playing musical instruments. Yet, many people have such talents and only a few become celebrated. The Beatles were called the greatest group of the rock era and one of the most influential singers of all times, whose activity .divided the music history into “before” and “after”. However, all that was possible because of their novelty approach to performing music. Mixing rock-n-roll motives of the 50s, symphonic and psychedelic rhythms, they created a new music style, which did not exist before and which greatly affected what was done after.