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April 14 - Terry Roler - Creative Thinking
with the LEFT Brain
Roller received BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Tennessee.
After teaching graphic design for six years at Eastern Illinois
University, he came to Baylor where he has taught for thirty years. In
addition to teaching, he is a freelance designer and an accomplished
Roller will be presenting a workshop on ways to activate the left brain
to achieve creative ideas, normally thought to be the domain of the
right brain, in order to get the two hemispheres to work together. No,
this not a
of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, but is a presentation
of techniques to generate ways to find creative solutions to all sorts
of issues, from developing a new product, to writing comedy, lyrics, or
prose, to science and medicine, to finding new ways
to create art and artistic content, and much much more. After a brief
introductory talk on creativity and creative thinking, Mr.
will lead the group through some fun, but mentally challenging
activities, to create creative synthesis. These techniques are useful
for solving all kinds of problems through innovation. To quote author
Tom Monahan, “Surprise is the acid test of creativity.” Participants are
asked to bring an open mind, a pen and several sheets of paper. Prof.
Roller will provide a bibliography of books on creativity for those who
would like to read further. A few of Prof. Roller's works are shown
We will meet
at the usual time, 1:30 for refreshments and conversation, 2 for the
meeting and demo, but the location will be decided on March 10. As
usual, bring art for Show and Tell, and bring friends.
April 14 - Terry Roller - Using BOTH Sides of the Brain
Roller, a native of Virginia, earned BFA and MFA degrees from the
University of Tennessee, taught graphic design at Eastern Illinois
University for 8 years, then came to Baylor, where he has been teaching
graphic design for
years. He is also a freelance designer and an accomplished vocalist. He
began his presentation discussing different ways of thinking and
learning, and also by showing examples of his designs.
he asked the attendees to make a list of as many words related to
Christmas as they could think of in 5 minutes and then to draw or
describe a Christmas
ornament from their word lists. A couple of the lists and drawings are
shown here. Cathy Niekamp's is on the left, and Pat Blackwell's is on
the right. The thumbnails are too small to see well, but any thumbnail
photo on our website can be enlarged by clicking on it.
he distributed a Word Association Pyramid diagram, and explained how to
apply it to the lists we had made previously. The diagram is shown on
the right. Again, it is too small to see. If you want to read it, you
will have to click on it.
he asked us to draw the "silliest" Christmas ornament we could think of
using the words we had come up with on his diagram. A couple of those
here. Nancy Cagle's is on the left, and Gilda Landcaster's is on the
right. We thank Terry for a an interesting and thought provoking
presentation. Thanks also to those who brought refreshments, and to
Linda Green, who took photos and notes for this report.