Forms of creativity

In other articles on this page we’ve mentioned that even if we think of ourselves as not creative, in fact we constantly practice creative thinking in our ordinary lives. Basically, we use a little bit of creativity in running our day-to-day lives, in our jobs, and when planning our holidays and leisure. We’ve also distinguished between practical and non-practical creativity, where the latter is the one connected to arts.

However, these are theoretical distinctions, and many potentially creative hobbies fall somewhere in between; in addition to their practical aim, they also have a non-practical, artistic dimension. Think about cooking: we all need to eat several times a day, so cooking is practical. But if we only wanted to nourish ourselves, we could just drink protein shakes and smoothies, or eat ready made meals all the time. Most of us however enjoy eating so much that we want our food to be not just nutritious, but delicious.

That is why cooking can also be an art form, despite of its partly practical aim. If you feel like getting started with art is too demanding, you can start with activities that are partly practical, partly artistic, like cooking, gardening, building, or interior decoration.

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