We have often had the word CREATIVE handed down to us, as in “You must be more creative!” But what does it mean to be more creative? Well, let’s see what the dictionary gives us: “of or involving the skilful or imaginative use of something to produce, for example, a work of art” The important words here seem to be SKILFUL, IMAGINATIVE and to PRODUCE. It’s pretty clear what skilful and produce mean. The fuzzy word is imaginative. Obviously it has to be something that comes from your imagination and no one else’s. DOES THAT MAKE IT GOOD OR MORE VALUABLE? How about some examples: works or art? Think about the items below before you read what our art experts describe as creative.
Novelty and Originality
Landscape print by Thomas Gainsborough using soft-ground etching, a new technique in the 18th century. It produced softer images that the usual etching technique. For landscapes, the softer lines produce a more pleasing natural picture. Artists are always searching for originality and novelty.
Fact and Fancy
Some masterpieces are based on very detailed research. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Virgin and Child with St Anne and The Infant St John in the Academia Museum in Venice is one example. An interesting mix of fact and fancy.
Aesthetics and Function
The Inca ceremonial knife edge mirrors the head dress of the king figure. It is inlaid with gems. This was possibly used in human sacrifice. A deadly combination of aesthetics and function.
Now it is your turn …
Think you could be an art critic? Do you feel that these pieces are creative, and if so, what makes them creative, good, or valuable?
Why don’t you pen down whether you agree with the experts and submit your views to us.