Out of Our Minds, Learning to Be Creative by Ken Robinson
Groundbreaking and inspirational book on how we should educate our children and each other to meet the extarordinary challenges of living and working in the 21st century.
The Care and Feeding of Ideas: A Guide to Encouraging Creativity by James Adams
Art Is a Way of Knowing by Pat B. Allen- offers encouragement to explore art making in the spirit of self-discovery from images that arise in our minds, our dreams and everyday lives as aform of spiritual practive.
Growing Up Creative: Nurturing a Lifetime of Creativity by Teresa M. Amabile- Based on more than 12 years of research with thousands of children author shows creativity must originate from within the child and gives parents and teachers support in fostering creativity.
Creativity in Context: Update to the Social Psychology of Creativity by Teresa M. Amabile- An update of the author’s 1983 work, The Social Psychology of Creativity, retaining the original edition’s preface, ten chapters, and references, with updates after each chapter. For students, researchers, and general readers.
Aha!: 10 Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit and Find Your Great Ideas by Jordan E. Ayan- Accessible and entertaining book offers strategies for finding and harnessing inspriations.
Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (And Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles- An artist’s survival guide, written by and for working artists. The authors explore the way art gets made, the reasons it doesn’t get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way.
Creators on Creating: Awakening and Cultivating the Imaginative Mind by Barron, Montuori, Barron (Editors)- Collection of more than three dozen essays seeks to provide a meaningful investigation into the creative process. Such diverse voices as Henry Miller, Federico Fellini, Rainer Maria Rilke, Isadora Duncan, Frank Zappa, and Mary Shelley offer their thoughts on what prompted them to a creative life, and how they managed to capture their inspirations and persist to produce works of art.
The Artful Universe: The Cosmic Source of Human Creativity by John D. Barrow- how the landscape of the Universe has influenced the development of philosophy and mythology and how millions of years of evolutionary history have fashioned our attraction to certain patterns of sound and color.
Imagination Engineering: Your Toolkit for Business Creativity by Paul Birch, Brian Clegg. A practical how to guide for problem solving and idea generation.
Dimensions of Creativity by Margaret A. Boden (Editor)- brings together original articles that draw on a range of disciplines – from the history and sociology of science, psychology, philosophy, and artificial intelligence – to ask how creative ideas arise, and whether creativity can be objectively defined and measured.
On Creativity by David Bohm, Lee Nichol (Editor)- Bohm, suggesting that the work of the visual artist is remarkably similar to that of the scientist, explores the similarities.
The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination by Daniel J. Boorstin - book on the heroes of the imagination surveys human accomplishment in the fields of architecture, music, painting, sculpting, and writing.
The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself by Daniel J. Boorstin - history of science or how humankind has come to know the world, however incompletely ("the eternal mystery of the world," Einstein once said, "is its comprehensibility").
The Seekers: The Story of Man’s Continuing Quest to Understand His World by Daniel J. Boorstin - Describes people searching for an understanding of human existence beginning with the prophets of the Holy Land and the philosophers of ancient Greece, continues through the Renaissance, and concludes with the modern era of the social sciences.
The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron - a comprehensive twelve-week program links creativity to spirituality to recover your creativity.
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - explores states of ?optimal experience? – those times when people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment – and shows that what makes experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called "flow."
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - studies the implications of ?flow? for its application to society.
The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - how science can offer a basis for morality in the coming millennium, and proposes a set of values to help readers learn how to transcend their biological and social programming, becoming in the process complex and integrated individuals.
The Art of Seeing: An Interpretation of the Aesthetic Encounter by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - focuses on the psychology of the aesthetic experience and on the perception and understanding of art, suggesting ways to raise levels of visual literacy and enhance artistic enjoyment. The findings will be of importance not only to museum professionals and art educators, but also to psychologists and those interested in the nature of the aesthetic experience.
Creativity and Spirituality: Bonds Between Art and Religion by Earle Jerome Coleman - explores applied, fine and folk arts to uncover points of coalescence between art and six living faiths (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism).
Creation of Consciousness: Jung’s Myth for Modern Man by Edward Edinger - Using religious and alchemical texts, mythology, modern dreams and the concepts of depth paychology, Edinger proposes a new world-view - a creative collaboration between the scientific pursuit of knowldege and the religious search for meaning.
Wisdom and the Senses: The Way of Creativity by Joan M. Eirkson - explores the crucial role played by the physical senses at every stage of psychological growth from birth to old age, finding parallels between the creation of art as we usually define it and the creation of self.
Changing the World by David Henry Feldman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Howard Gardner - establishes some parameters for the study of creativity, examines the earlier works on the subject, presents current research findings, and then projects where the field will be going.
An Artist’s Book of Inspiration: A Collection of Thoughts on Art, Artists, Creativity by Astrid Fitzgerald (Editor) - Gathered during one person’s life of making art and studying the spiritual traditions, this collection of the best thoughts on art, artists, and the ceative process.
Art, Mind, and Brain: A Cognitive Approach to Creativity by Howard E. Gardner - explores all aspects of creativity, from the young child’s ability to learn a new song through Mozart’s conceiving a complete symphony.
Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi by Howard Gardner - riveting portraits of seven figures who each reinvented an area of human endeavor. Understanding their diverse achievements not only sheds light on the nature of creativity but also elucidates the "modern-era" – the times that formed them and that they in turn helped to define.
The Arts and Human Development: A Psychological Study of the Artistic Process by Howard E. Gardner - The classic introduction to Howard Gardner’s path-breaking ideas on the development of creativity, with a new introduction by the author.
Art Education and Human Development by Howard E. Gardner - The production and appreciation of art involves thought processes that have excluded from traditional measures of human intelligence. This book makes a case for broadening these definitions and discusses the value other cultures place on artistic abilities. Gardner explores the function of art in human development as well as the strategies children employ in the process of constructing images.
The Creative Process: Reflections on the Invention of Art by Brewster Ghiselin (Editor) -Unique anthology brings together material from 38 well-known writers, artists, and scientists who attempt to describe the process by which original ideas come to them. Contributors include Einstein, Mozart, Amy Lowell, Kipling, Max Ernst, Katherine Anne Porter, Henry Miller, Carl Gustav Jung, Henri Poincar and many others.
The Grace of Great Things: Creativity and Innovation by Robert Grudin - second book in triptych of philosophical essays about the art of living. Focus is on the role that’s played by large and small varieties of creativity in our everyday lives. Above all, he is determined to convince us that, even at the humblest level, creative labor is a key to happiness.