Marlboro College


You CAN Learn to be Creative
Says Creativity Researcher Lois Hetland

Marlboro, Vt—Lois Hetland, research associate at Project Zero, an educational research group at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and associate professor of art education at Massachusetts College of Art, discusses how to enhance the creative process creativity on Monday, October 31 at 7:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College.

In “Teaching Creativity: The Studio Habits of Mind,” Hetland explains the concept of a “studio habit of mind,” which aids in channeling creativity, and how this process can be cultivated by serious art instruction. Her approach suggests that art can teach creativity and that the precise relationship between the two can be utilized for the instruction of non-arts disciplines.

Hetland’s work as a developmental and cognitive psychologist focuses on learning, understanding and teaching in the arts and other disciplines. Hetland has published her research for Reviewing Education and the Arts Project in Beyond the Soundbite: Arts Education and Academic Outcomes, and is currently the lead editor of a volume on Project Zero’s extensive research. She earned her Ed.M. and Ed.D. in cognitive and developmental psychology from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Currently, she is co-principal investigator of Teaching and Learning in the Visual Arts, a qualitative research project funded by the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Ahmanson Foundation, and the Department of Education.

This lecture is free of charge and open to the public. The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. Lectures are funded by the Thompson Trust, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, the Vermont Humanities Council and an anonymous donor. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (

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