Skip to main content

Public scholar: Trish Osler

Trish Osler

How can art education and neuroscience reach across traditional disciplinary boundaries to provide us with a more nuanced understanding of creativity?

As a practicing artist, researcher and art educator, Trish Osler works across disciplines in fine arts, science and museum culture on projects informed by the neuroscience of creativity. Her scholarly arts-based research explores artistic thinking processes, inspiration and aesthetic perception, seeking new approaches to teaching and learning.


A Doctoral Candidate with Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Art (Art Education), Trish holds an M.Ed (Art) from Western University as well as undergraduate degrees from OCAD University (Fine Arts, Drawing & Painting) and Queen’s University (English Literature). Trish is also the Director of Academic Research with the Convergence Initiative and co-instructs Convergence: Art, Neuroscience + Society. She has collaborated with the Innovation Lab at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art on virtual engagement in museum spaces and is currently co-editing two books that explore both international and Canadian museum education. While serving as a Concordia Public Scholar, Trish aims to bring new findings about the neuroscience of creativity into public conversations about the creative process and art education.


Art Education


English, French


Anita Sinner

Join the conversation

Trish Osler: Exploring the creative process for teaching and learning

Trish's blog posts

  • How to surf that stress tsunami and stay creative
    Posted on April 8, 2022 | By Trish Osler
    Public Scholar and art educator Trish Osler discusses the neuroscientific relationship between stress and creativity, particularly how we can take advantage of new understandings of the brain to reduce stress and improve our creative proficiency. Read more
  • Difference is relative: How neurodiversity contributes to creativity
    Posted on March 18, 2022 | By Trish Osler
    Difference is relative and connectivity in the brain is lateral. In this blog, Public Scholar Trish Osler considers how neurodiversity brings a capabilities mix into the creativity quest. Read more
  • The transformative power of artistic thinking practices
    Posted on February 3, 2022 | By Trish Osler
    Sometimes we need to focus our thoughts in a mindful way in order to clear the path for fresh insight. Public Scholar Trish Osler sets out some artistic habits of mind that can lead to discovery and innovative thinking when it comes to idea-generating. Here, she offers alignment and attunement strategies for a mindful approach to thinking creatively.  Read more
  • Walking is Research That’s Good For You
    Posted on October 28, 2021 | By Trish Osler
    Sometimes wandering can get you to where you need to be in arts-based research. Public Scholar Trish Osler believes that walking ‘with’ research can bring you closer to the thinking that matters. Read more
  • If you want to solve a problem, let your mind wander...
    Posted on September 16, 2021 | By Trish Osler
    Stuck on a problem? Go ahead and daydream. If you want to come up with the solution to a challenge you are working on or facilitate the incubation of an idea, do something that does not require much mental effort. Public Scholar Trish Osler explains why it’s actually good for you. Read more

Recent activity

Back to top

© Concordia University