SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2013

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Editor's Letter H ow many times have you said to a student in your artroom, "Use your imagination"? Yet have you explained exactly what that means? Some of the definitions for imagination I found in an Internet search include, "the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful," "the formation of a mental image," "the ability to confront a problem with a solution," and "the ability to form new images and sensations that are not perceived through sight, hearing, or other senses." How significant it is for art teachers that in each definition, the idea of imagery is so important. The importance of imagination can be found in many current art education efforts. Along with curiosity, creativity, and evaluation, imagination is one of the twenty-first-century skills required to help students prepare for successful futures. In the National Core Arts Standards—now being finalized—imagination, along with investigation, construction, and reflection, is considered a cognitive process by which students learn. With imagination, students are better at thinking creatively, solving problems, visualizing what they read, entertaining Don't be afraid to look silly; humor works well when fostering imagination! themselves, and expanding their worlds. Where better to foster the imagination than in the artroom? Demonstrate how you use imagination. (Don't In order to better foster your students' imagibe afraid to look silly; humor works well here!) nations, design and present challenging, openFinally, feed your own imagination. An ended problems that support diverse solutions. imaginative teacher is a better teacher. Foster Provide ample opportunities for experimentayour imagination by learning from colleagues tion and practice. Integrate books and reading at state and national art education conferences, in your lessons. Encourage students to work visiting art museums, traveling, reading, and collaboratively and build on each others' ideas. making art. Use your imagination! Follow me on Check out my blog at

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