Public scholar: Trish Osler
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.
Trish Osler: Exploring the creative process for teaching and learning
Trish's blog posts
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 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
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
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
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
- October 22 - Spotlight story: Trish Osler wants to pinpoint inspiration in creative thinking
- October 29 - Workshop Event in 4th Space: Divergent Thinking Made Visible
- November 5 - Podcast Interview: Your Creative Brain: An Art Educator Looks to Neuroscience
- May 12 - Op-ed in the Montreal Gazette: Imagine: You're more creative than you think