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Atlas of Creative Tools (beta)


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10 Hours






What will students learn?

  • Gain an understanding of creativity that bridges practice and theory with personal experience and intentions/aspirations.
  • Learn a series of creative tools, and generate ideas about how to use them. Applications include a range of personal and collaborative contexts, and across a variety of arts disciplines and other domains.
  • Identify and apply creative tools both in isolation and in relationship to an outside project.
  • Learn feedback structures that will help you make your best work, whether you’re at the beginning, middle, or end of a project (or any of the many spots in between).

What you'll do:

Based on methods she has invented, discovered, stumbled into, and nourished over the course of her career, Liz Lerman offers a series of tools for laboratory-style application. Transferable between and beyond artistic disciplines, these tools constitute components of larger processes, and variously address different stages of the creative process from generating ideas to shaping final products. Relative to these tools, additional reflections and readings will touch on theories and philosophies of creativity.

Who is this course designed for?

Artists, creatives, arts educators, community organizations—anyone who is struggling with creativity and the need for tools in the face of COVID-19 and beyond!

What will you receive?

A certificate of completion.

Meet the instructor

Liz Lerman

Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, and the recipient of honors including a 2002 MacArthur "Genius Grant", a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance, and the 2017 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award. Key to her artistry is opening her process to various publics, resulting in research and outcomes that are participatory, urgent and usable. She founded Dance Exchange in 1976 and led it until 2011. Her recent work “Healing Wars” toured the U.S. Liz teaches her Critical Response Process, creative research, the intersection of art and science, and the building of narrative within dance at institutions such as Harvard, Yale School of Drama, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her third book is “Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer.” Since 2016 she has been an Institute Professor at Arizona State University.