Growing the roots of an imaginative mind

Kelly-Ann Denton

Creativity vs Imagination

The biggest difference between creativity and imagination is that imagination is thinking of something, it is of the mind ‒ something you cannot see in outside world because it’s in the minds-eye, the inside world. 

So imagination is internal and creativity is external
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Leonardo da Vinci

 Leonardo da Vinci, who not only painted the Mona Lisa but also invented the first flying machine, the parachute, diving gear and armoured vehicles was a brilliant artist, mathematician and engineer. He had no trouble defining creativity.
He said it was “dimonstrazione” or being demonstrative. Creativity is about doing, it’s tinkering, experimenting or playing around with ideas. That’s why it comes before innovation and after imagination. Knowing that they’re different is important.

People who seem to be creative appear rather passionate and that’s because they are motivated to work on their ideas. Creativity does not require any particular skill, except perhaps, motivation or passion.

Creativity is doing something meaningful with your imagination.

Imagination allows us to use our mind to see things, creativity allows us to do something active with our ideas.

What about the visual system and imagination?

V1_The Neuroscience of Imagination shows how the visual system works in conjunction with imagination and the formation of new ideas. It looks at relevant networks in the brain responsible for both process driven thought but also new connections in the brain that aid creativity. Your imagination network in the brain links directly to your visual mechanism and by exercising one you strengthen the other.
The course provides new information and understanding to create a foundation of neuroscientific explanations of the faculty of imagination. This understanding both develops the potential of the teacher but also creative outcomes for students. Below explains who the course is for and where to begin the development.

Who is this learning for?

All teachers or senior students of every discipline who value their imaginative potential. This is for the benefit of  both educators and their students.
Maths, Science, English, and PE teachers need imagination too, this course is for all teachers.

Where is the imagination?

Discover where the imagination is located in the brain. Learn how it works and what is required to allow for new ideas and insights to occur.
How do you grow your imaginative potential? How long does it take, can anyone develop it? (Yes)

How visual processes work to strengthen the capacity to ideate

The science behind physiological processes that align seeing (the mind's eye) with imagining.
"If I can't picture it, I
 can't understand it"
Albert Einstein

What will you take-away?

The neuroscience behind activating the imagination network. Practice targeted to build capacity in professional staff and schools; making room for visual processes in order to develop more imaginative capabilities.


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Start learning the neuroscience of imagination, see how it works and begin growing the roots of your imaginative mind.


Take your time, enjoy the process and begin your journey.

What teachers are saying

"This course was fascinating. As a visual arts teacher it gave me great insight into how our creative brain works and can work. ‘When we imagine, visualise, daydream we improve creative thinking by broadening the range of information flow between diverse brain regions"
“The larger picture of learning, imagination and problem-solving for an individual’s life and for the society as a whole”
The process of visualisation and imaginative strategic thinking and problem solving strongly resonated with me and has provided a great framework to work within that "makes sense".

Your creativity is a gift, so please don't lock it away

Teachers need to have their own creativity nurtured. Most teachers haven't been taught the fundamentals nor the neuroscience of imagination. Previously we didn't realise it was so important for future minds. That's ok, now we know.

We want to improve our critical and creative thinking, so we'll need to invest in the continual development of our teachers imaginative capabilities. What fun!
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The V (visual) series of courses are part of a cluster of imagination/visual learning disciplines that form a turning point in imagination training. 
V1_The Neuroscience of Imagination lays the foundation for a better understanding of what creativity is and how to develop it. It is also the beginning of visual learning.
V1 to V9 follow on from each other in order to build on skills as participants journey through the imagination learning process.
These thinking processes directly affect our ability to be better critical thinkers and absolutely develop our ability to be imaginative and therefore more creative.