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Creativity VS (suggestion for K-5)

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Brian Foster (fozzie)
Sun, 16 Feb 1997 09:47:52 -0500

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TO Diane &ALL: (Elem. oriented + art ed. profs)
I am one of those people who has stopped putting my 2 cents worth into every
discussion that pops up. After self analysis I found it to be an ego
problem. Therefore
this post is pure MEAT.
This is my first year teaching the lower grades (art on a cart K-5) and I
have attempted
to preprogram my students observation, problem solving, and creative
thinking skills. I
am hoping to eliminate some of the problems I encountered in ten years of
middle and
high school art teaching.
I made up a warm up exercise that requires no materials, just a good
story and bunches
of <teacher> enthusiasm. It all begins here........

OK guys time to put on the ol' 'magination caps.. ME an'
.......(random name of
student(s) in class) were coming back from a hard day of........(fishing,
hunting, antique
shopping, fighting the British....whatever is appropriate with the
time<link>) and we
stopped to rest in a small meadow. There were lots of clouds zooming by and
pointed to one and exclaimed look! A hippelopotttumus! I snap back, " that's
a towtruck
you ginker!". We have a loud exchange (me and myself) extolling the merits
of our own
observations pointing out features which we have seen to lead to our
conclusions and
find that we both are right! (this story-part is a set up for the warm-up
and only has to be
done once in each class---they remember!)
This (especially in the lower grades) leads to a lively discussion of
things children
have seen in clouds...(careful you will have to reign this one in as the
"one uppers" get
carried away)
I then calm things down by putting on my "teacher face" and explain to
them that I am
going to put a shape on the board and ask them to use their
creativity-IMAGINATION to
"see" something. The shapes I draw are random and varied closed combined shape
(maybe a bumpy thing with quasi geometrics protruding in some areas and
intruding in
others) The first shape gets few or no responses and these are very
tentative. As each
student "sees" something, I add to the shape details "clues" until all the
students can "see"
it too. This might involve wheels on the "towtruck" or ears and eyes on the
After this foot-wetting the concept mushrooms and you will find yourself
faced with a
sea of hands for each shape and ( with the bigger kids), some students come
to the board
and point out the elements for there observations (and I add clues)and some
even draw in
there own clues. After we have all "seen" the same as "Sara", I erase and
redraw the
same original shape again and call on "Joey" who has found something totally
Do a new shape after three students.
This exercise takes up one class period but can be used afterward as a warm-up
anytime....."Put on your "maginatin caps....What do you see in this shape?"
You will still
get the sea of hands and in 5 minutes they are ready for any art lesson!<<It
sort of washes
the bla..bla..blas out of there minds.
Sorry about the length. Brian Foster
Art Specialist
West Iron Co. Schools
Stambaugh, Michigan
(Where the snow is deep and so is the.......)

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