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
Mary Erickson and Ellen Meissinger
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
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.