Creating Original Thought - And Using Technology to Help
The concept of coming up with a brand new idea is something that is really difficult to teach. Artists do this all the time and it’s a skill that should be practiced and developed while students are still in grade school so they will be ready for the future as they enter the workforce. We hear about how important innovation skills are in our current society, yet there are few opportunities in school that provide this practice. The art room is one place that’s often overlooked yet it’s a place that is brimming with possibilities to develop those important innovation skills.
I recently wrote a lesson plan for a tile project. We do a tile carving project every year in ceramics minor, but I decided I’d like to a different level. My students in the 2020/2021 school year will do the project so I’ll need to check back next year to see how it goes.
Of course the Essential Question is: “ How does someone create an original design”. I will be breaking down the process for students by brainstorming together for guidance, and then letting students break down creative thought on their own. This is done starting with a large theme or idea and then applying free association. Students write connections and thoughts, create mental images, and gather related imagery; ENTER WEBJETS!
We will be using webjets for organizing thought and breaking down the brainstorming process. This web 2.0 tool has it all for organizing materials. There are so many possibilities for educational use but it’s AMAZING for the art room. In my tile lesson my students will create 3 topic cards in which they will free associate related ideas, pull in associated imagery, (which by the way is done literally by dragging them in), add written thoughts about their ideas, and finally add related visuals for their idea. From here they can share their ideas back to me for direction and begin to put their original designs together.
I am loving this tool. Check it out our thought process.
Hi, I'm Lauren Keifer, or Mrs. Keifer as my students know me. I am at the Spring-Ford School District 9th grade center where I teach Intro to Digital Art and Ceramics.