According to Sir Ken Robinson, the author of "Out of Our Minds" and "Learning to Be Creative," explains, in his book Out of Our Minds, that creativity can manifest itself in any area - math, dance, science, language (not just arts and crafts!).
Moreover, a creative achievement is related to control of the medium and that medium can be anything from algebra to the piano. He points out the need for skills and repetition to reach creativity.
Sir Robinson noted three common misconceptions about creativity:
Robinson explains, that even if you were to think of creativity in terms of the arts only, Robinson clarifies that "a good deal of what [artists] do is not creative at all in any strict sense. It involves a huge amount of practical routine, including refining the control of materials and techniques." In other words, children and adults need the basic skills to be creative.
How Does Repetition and Following Instruction Helps Creativity?
"To be a truly good and creative artist you have to learn the basics first." Examining a series of drawings by Picasso, one can recognize that in order to create a new form of art, Cubism, Picasso first had to learn and spend years practicing drawing and painting realistically. Only after that was he able to deconstruct his work and create something totally new.
Attending Art school, one quickly learns, is NOT about free expression -- at least not until you had gained certain knowledge and skills.A Montessori classroom is an environment that provides children with fundamental skills. A fabulous 'tool kit' for life: