This study is concerned with creativity in education - especially in arts education (broadly conceived to include the visual arts, music, and creative writing). It takes as its starting point Nietzsche's view that works of art do not appear "as if by magic". Using insights from philosophy, psychoanalysis, and semiotics, the book examines the creative processes of many artists in different media, showing how art works often result from processes of construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction that may be long and laborious. Pigrum demonstrates how teachers and their students in all sectors of education may gain from a better, systematic, understanding of such processes.
Derek Pigrum has been a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Bath since 2001. He is an active member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain and has written a number of articles and chapters on creativity, art and research.
Introduction; 1. The Sign Modes; 2. The Operational Modes; 3. The Modes of Place; 4. But Can We Teach It.