The impact of the artistic space on students creativity


1 Head of Maaref Department, Semnan University, Semnan1

2 (PhD), Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran

3 MA at Architecture at Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran


School is a context for learning and training the future generation. So, if the school context encourages creativity, the next generation will be creative people. One of the most important features of context that enriches creativity is architectural feature of the building. The architectural features, along with management features, educational programming and curriculum can make a school so that it improves creativity. The purpose of this research was analyzing various theories of teaching creativity and surveying the effect of art on peoples creativity in order to understand to what extent and how artistic space affects students creativity. The most important research questions included: 1. does the use of art at school affect students creativity? And 2. How can we interpret the effect of use of art on students creativity? To answer these questions, a school was selected randomly among guidance schools of 11th educational district of city of Tehran. And then, three classrooms were selected randomly among the second grade classrooms. The relationship between artistic space and students creativity was measured through the use of empirical and semi-empirical research methods. The first classroom was the control one, the second classroom was the one in which the space changes was imposed upon, and the third classroom was the one in which the students have been familiar with artistic concepts, in addition to having space changes. The period of instruction was two months and Torrance Test of Creative Thinking has been used before and after the two months period to measure the students’ creativity. Findings indicated that artistic space affects students creativity. However, this effect is not linear, and has incompatibilities in some cases.