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Divergent Thinking

Divergent Thinking

Divergent Thinking: an Artistic Overview

Divergent thinking, what is it? We don’t talk about it much, but without it, our creativity would be very limited. Well today, I’ve decided to tell you all about it!

Divergent Thinking

We all have an imaginative way of thinking in some form. This mental attitude makes it possible to develop your imagination, flexibility, originality, self-confidence, and to trigger 360° thinking, explore new possibilities that up until then were inconceivable. So don’t forget that divergent thinking can break an artist out of repetitive pattern. It sometimes fades with age, education, and conformism, so sometimes divergent thinking needs to be reactivated over time.

TOP TIP: Who do you think are the most gifted people for divergent thinking?

 ANSWER: The artist, the designer, the architect, the creator, the researcher, the inventor, children younger than 10… they all have to some degree a rich, quick and creative thought process. Their brains are less formatted!


People who show divergent thinking are able to multiply their perceptions, to suggest various ideas, to divert concepts, to have an oversized curiosity, to dare.

A Creative and fun exercise to try

To activate divergent thinking, I suggest you try a little game. The task is to produce a series of different drawings as quickly as possible, starting with 20 (or more) shapes: circles, triangles, squares or lines.

  • This exercise can be played alone or with others (from ages 7 to adults).
  • Each player chooses a pen colour.
  • When a player runs out of ideas, he passes his turn to the next player and so on.
  • Once the series is over, you decide the winner by counting the ideas that were produced.


  • The geometric shape is the basic element of the drawing
  • Several solutions, uses, ideas for the same form are possible
  • Abstract drawings are prohibited
  • Each drawing must be identifiable with words
  • Embrace spontaneous and fluid actions
  • Generate random and unorganized ideas
  • Do not judge or laugh, only encourage


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This fun game encourages evolution of ideas, artistic creation, invention and creative unlocking.

With circles, you can imagine a balloon, a watch or one way sign…

With triangles, I had the idea of a hat, a fishtail, an hourglass.

Come on, it’s up to you. Wake up your divergent thinking with this little exercise that does so much for the brain!

Content provided by Amylee Paris

AmyleeThe passion of Amylee Paris, painter, consultant and author is to share her paintings between galleries, art collectors and her community. Beyond her pictorial skills and her several ebooks available online, Amylee is also recognized as one of the most influential francophone artist-entrepreneurs. She helps beginners or professional artists to optimize their artistic activity.

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