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Is it Creative?
Transcript of Is it Creative?
Throughout my graduate studies I have come to the conclusion that giving students more choices would give them more creative freedom allowing them to be more creative. Bartel states that this can back fire and that when students have freedom of choice they will always rely on familiar images and ways of creating art. So Bartel sees assignment limitations as a to give students a knudge into creative possibilities. Creative
Communication The fact is writing like art is just another tool to communicate ideas, thoughts and feelings. Throughout time both writers and artists have worked together to influence each other and come up with creative ideas. What if Modgiliani or Picasso was a student in my classroom? How would they behave? I am not sure if it is the movie is historically accurate but the movie depicts Modgiliani as prone to alcohol/drug use, frequent outburts in public, initating fights and feuds with other artists. Does this sound familiar? And we consider these artists to be masters and geniuses today. How many genius, creative minds do we have in our classroom that are behavior problems? If we viewed them as creative artists rather than “problem students” would our reactions and attitude towards them change? what if that student who is always disruptive in your class is the next great artist of the century? "From my own experience and those artists that I talk to… being creative takes drive, passion and a lot of internal motivation. Creativity does not just show up and happen. The artist must conjure up all his strength, focusing on the positive and pour his whole soul into his work."
--VanHouten, Blog Entry January 2012 Sometimes I get a little annoyed by that student that does not seem to get the project and who strays from where the class is going. But what is to going to hurt? As a creative artist I always thought that to have students be creative was to give them the space and freedom for creativity to flourish— and for many art teachers that creates a very loose classroom environment. I struggled first semester with many of my students. It wasn’t all of the students but it was enough to make the classroom environment tense. It wasn’t a place where students could act creatively. http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/07/10/the-creativity-crisis.html http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/galleries/2010/07/10/creativity-test.html#slide1 I often hear teachers talk about students creativity saying, “Well, he is a very creative person…” or “She is not very creative… ” What makes those students creative or not creative? How do we come to label these students this way? And why is the term ”creativity” synonymous with “artistic?” Can’t a scientist also be creative? I make it a point to never pigeon-hole a student with the “creativity label.” I believe that ALL of my students have the capacity to be creative. http://creativeartroom.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/cartoon-assessments/ This is probably the most essential and difficult question to answer. Everyone has a unique idea of what creativity is and how to make creativity happen in the art classroom. If you asked your students, “What is Creativity? would their answer be similar or different from yours? As an art teacher you have a definition of creativity (whether you know it or not). This definition guides your practice and actions as a teacher and greatly affects how your students begin to develop their own ideas about art and creative thinking. So what does “creativity” mean to you?! Creativity takes confidence. It takes a lot of belief in yourself to take risks and try something new and different. "Yes, the “how-to” part of art making is important, but not when it is mistaken for the art; not when it subverts our intuitions and overruns creative insight. What happens with some art teachers is that they become perfunctorily involved with construction details and never get around to honoring the work’s source or purpose. Without a willingness to trust that the methods can readily and excitedly be derived for actualizing visions, they run the risk of permanently damaging the creative drive in students.”
--Robert Piepenburg, "Treasures of the Creative Spirit"-- Creative Drive? What does the Word "Creativity" mean to you? Classroom Perception Motivating Factors 2004-2005 Elementary 6th Grade How do we bring a culture of creativity to the forefront of an art classroom? Why do we even need to teach creativity? How do you get students to make art choices that are meaningful and relevant to them?" What classroom ‘structures’ work best to involve students in creative thinking? How many limitations should we give students? What freedoms should they have? Some students get down on themselves about their art... they feel it just isn't good enough? What do we want our students to "be"? Creative Confidence