Western Michigan University

ED 430: Creativity in the Classroom

Allison Downey

Diane Eberts



ED 430 Individual Creative Product

Produce an individual creative project that represents the culmination of our creativity focus for the class, and your creativity journal and activities. This is the "product" you extract from all of your processing, both in class and out. It is an artistic representation of / reflection about your creative experiences and creative process during this unit. The content can be a theme that runs through your reflections and/or assignments; a discovery you made along the way ; a combination and extension of several assignments you selected that reveals connections between them; and / or a reflection about your own creative process.

The medium of expression for this content can be in any of the following forms or a form of your choice and devising.

1. A Characterization: Create a character in a situation with dialogue which you will perform for us in any way you choose. You can present a slice of this character's life or let the character talk to us directly. You will have to find whatever costumes and props you need although what you do in the characterization is more important than what your costumes and props look like.


2. A Literary Work: This could be a short story, a detailed character sketch or monologue, a series of poems, a chapter of a novel, or an act or scenario of a play. This or some portion of it will be read to the class by you.


3. A Musical or Sound Composition: This can be done with musical instruments or with sound effects you make with whatever you can find. You may structure it according to principles of musical composition if you know them, or you may create your own rules and structure. It can tell a story or create an atmosphere or simply be abstract but interesting (to you) combination of sounds. You may perform it live or tape record it and play the tape for us.


4. A Work of Visual Art/Puppet:
This can include a painting in any medium, a drawing, a sculpture in clay or "found objects", a series of original photographs, or any series or combination of the above.


5. A Dance or Movement Performance:
This should be choreographed and performed by you. If you can get other people to commit the time to perform along with or for you, you may use them. You may use prerecorded or live music or sound or you may do it without music.


6. Performance Art or Form of Your Own Devising:
Consult with me regarding this one.

NOTE: If you approach this with the desire to know more about yourself and how your mind works and with a commitment to your creative process, you may discover unexpected talents and abilities you didn't know you possessed. Good luck and please see me if questions arise during the process. (consider the Creative Problem-Solving Process (CPSP) outlined on P. 28 of Creating Meaning.)


DUE: To be handed in and shared with the class in a 3-5 minutes presentation:
Monday, October 13th: 2pm: L. Abaloz - L.Johnson; 4pm: T. Bess -Lisa Lacasse
Wednesday, October 15th: 2pm: J. Lacks - K. Zandstra ; 4pm: M. Lindsey- E. Vanstaveren

You will be assessed on:

(3 pts.) Presentation: Were you prepared to present your experience and the product? How well did you work within the time limit to get your ideas across?
(4 pts.) Completion of project: Did you fully complete the "product"?
(3 pts.) Commitment to your creative process: How deeply did you explore the theme / topic? To what extent did you employ critical, divergent and creative thinking in exploring your ideas? Have you explored a variety of materials and approaches in order to most successfully express your concepts? How clearly is the end product a result of or connected to your processing during this creativity unit? (consider the Creative Problem-Solving Process (CPSP) outlined on P. 28 of Creating Meaning. )

TOTAL: (10 pts)


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