SchoolArts Magazine

JAN 2014

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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High School Studio Lesson Stephanie Hagan saw a connection between spilled liquid and an ocean wave that was powerful enough to support a surfer. From Observation to ImagInatIon Mary Erickson and Ellen Meissinger M any young artists (and adults) understand artistic skill as the ability to draw realistically. When this understanding dominates students' values and artistic priorities, assignments focused on creativity may seem to be a distraction from what they think of as real art-making; that is, representing the world with accuracy. One characteristic of creative thinkers is their ability to think divergently rather than convergently. Traditional still-life drawing exemplifies the need to converge one's looking and thinking on specific objects to represent them just as they are observed in reality. This project begins with convergent looking and then moves to divergent thinking and imagining. In The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Penguin, 2009), author Ken Robinson proposes that "Being creative is about making fresh connections so that we see things in new ways and from different perspectives." This project challenges secondary students to begin with something familiar and make fresh connections from different points of view to create something new. 17

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