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From now until Christmas the iPad iBooks version of The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse by Michael Gungor is free. I haven’t finished it yet, but what I’ve read is great.  It’s been a both thought provoking and funny look at how we are all creative.  The iPad version is also full of great visuals and audio to accompany it.

From the Publisher:

The_Crowd_the_Critic_and_the_Muse_A_Book_for_Creators.225x225-75“We are all creators. Whether or not we create is not up to us. We are human, and creating is what we do. Every interaction, movement, and decision is creativity at work. We are all artists. We all order creation around us into the world that we want to make.”–Michael Gungor

In The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse, Michael Gungor takes an uncompromising–and humorous–look at our creative selves and the world that we have fashioned around us. Through story and reflection, Gungor shows how our deepest beliefs and assumptions about the universe affect how we order creation.

An award-winning, globetrotting musician, Gungor also reveals his personal journey as an artist and creator, a tale of moving from innocence to wisdom, from simplicity to complexity and back again, a tale of leaving home and
returning in a new, better, and more creative way.

The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse - Michael Gungor

Free Fonts to Kick Off the Fall

Chris —  August 21, 2011 — 1 Comment

With back to school in full swing or coming very soon, you may be working on flyers or calendars for your fall season.  I saw these two collections of free fonts come across my twitter feed this week, and thought i would pass them along.  Enjoy!

Fresh Collection Of High Quality Free Fonts for Professional Designs

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Encouraging Creativity

Chris —  July 15, 2008 — Leave a comment

It has always been a passion of mine to encourage creativity in the students I work with. I love engaging a student in writing, painting, music, video, or what ever their gifts might be. Some parents have been grateful, and others just don’t get it. Sometimes in the busyness it’s difficult to take the time to do it. This talk from the TED conference was a great reminder to me about taking the time and encourage their God given gifts. Also for me as their teacher, to be willing to try to do things differently, and not rely on the same techniques I might have had success with over the years.

The talk is about the education sytem, but it’s totally transferable to the church. It’s definitely worth the 20 minutes to watch it, but if you don’t want to take the time now, you can download it here.

Take some time this summer and spend some time cultivating creativity in your students.