The World Inside the Mind
Dreaming is a world where wishes do not exist; because dreaming is a world
where our wishes are fulfilled just by the fact of imagining them so.
Most art problems involve a high degree of imagining.
magine! You can have the whole
2. Through the study of art and artists,
world inside your mind! Everyone
students are in constant association
has an ability for imagining. In
with the traits and habits of highly
some people it is highly developed,
imaginative and creative individuals.
in others, not so much. Since imagina- 3. Curiosity is a necessary attribute
tion is the ability to look at any situfor both art investigations and
ation from different points of view,
imagination. Being curious helps
the artroom would
Since imagination is the
seem to be the
new ideas and
ability to look at any
for developing the
a curious mind
situation from different
power to imagine.
points of view, the artroom and asking how,
Here are a few
when, and why
would seem to be the ideal things happen—
ways that art can
environment for developing common artroom
help young people
the power to imagine.
1. As students
good exercises to
study artists and their works, they
are mentally exploring the past and
4. Art students are consistently asked
imagining how things might have
to think outside the box and to
been in another time and place.
think of better ways to do things.
5. Most design problems involve a
high degree of imagining when
creating new products, methods, or
6. One of the best ways to increase
the power of imagination is through
visualization, which helps you
experience a variety of emotions
Improving one's imagination can
result in creating a happy, successful, and fulfilling life. But like any
skill, it requires repeated practice and
P.S. Never underestimate the power
of doodling. Doodles may just reveal
the world inside your mind.
Eldon Katter is co-author of Explorations
in Art (Davis Publications) and the former
editor of SchoolArts. firstname.lastname@example.org