Surely we can learn to articulate more clearly what it is about making and attending that so often opens up new perspectives, that allows people to perceive new experiential possibilities, that offers them new symbolic languages through which to express themselves. Surely, when we are aesthetically educated, we can break through the either/or [of cognitive vs affective learning]. (19)
So far that's as close as I've come (see what I mean?) to what we're supposed to be doing with the collage. And perhaps "critical thinking" is too specifically Schonian a term for that process. I am more comfortable calling it "deliberation." I'm hoping that the collage-composition experience will be a deliberative experience in which the participants:
- Keep their minds open to sources of insight and inspiration from unexpected sorts of artifacts.
- Approach the collage activity as one of contemplation as well as of creativity.
- Work with a "believing game" attitude: expecting the process to reveal something to them.
- Produce something that feels complete and satisfying.
- Generates an artifact they will want to look at again and again, one that intrigues them and speaks to them in different or nuanced ways over time.