Western Michigan University

ED 430: Creativity in the Classroom

Allison Downey

Diane Eberts


Creativity Unit:

Suggested Activities from Learning By Heart :
“Sources & Structure”: p. 49 (Contour Drawings), p. 63 (Quotes)
“Connect & Create”: p. 103 (newspaper); p.107 (maze of magazines); p.109 (pictures & people); p.112(juxtaposition); p.119 (family tree)
“Tool & Techniques:: p. 132 (printing); p.136-137 (stamps)


Alternatives Activities to choose for “Sources” :


Music as Source:

  1. listen to a score of music and free-write (stream of consciousness). Finish the piece. Reread what you’ve written. Highlight a thought, character, feeling… Re-play the music, write about what you’ve highlighted (stream of consciousness). Go back at a later time and shape the writing, edit, pull out a character… use it as a jumping off piece to another work.
  2. Paint the emotions evoked from listening to a piece of music
    1. Paint the story of the piece of music – consider the instrumentation, the “characters,” the rhythm, tone, structure, dynamics…
    2. Create a dance that feeds off the music
  3. create a dramatic scene inspired by the piece of music ( the “characters” and the conflict)


Object as Source:

  1. Write about the feelings evoked from a sentimental object
  2. Examine the shapes in the object – draw the shape of the object, the lines, pathways, dynamics, texture…Create a dance of that shape
  3. develop a story with the object having a role in the piece

Art as Source:
1. Examine the shapes in the artwork – draw the shape of the object, the lines, pathways, dynamics, texture…Create a dance of that shape
2. Write the story of a piece of art work. Select a character, develop it
3. Write about the feeling evoked from the art work


Senses as Source:
1. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds you hear ( for 10 minutes). Open your eyes and write about what you heard. Write about any memories that develop from the sounds, expand on them. Flesh out a story
2. Think of a favorite smell, a special recipe someone made for you – write about the smell, about the event and the person – create a story about it.


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