On the smallness of things

“Imaginative thinking, the key to creative problem-solving, consists in combining existing ideas, information and materials in new ways. Young children are imaginative but their experience is limited, and therefore their answers to problems, though novel, are often impracticable. To solve a problem creatively it is not necessary to finish up with a functional working model.”

Art in Schools, The New Zealand Experience, Department of Education 1978.


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