Western Michigan University

ED 430: Creativity in the Classroom

Allison Downey

Diane Eberts

Individual Creative Culmination: 5%
“I think the artist has to be something like a whale, swimming with his mouth wide open, absorbing everything until he has what he really needs. When he finds that, he can start to make limitations. And then he really begins to grow.” – Romare Bearden, artist

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. Your piece should have a beginning, middle (with a climax or turning point), and end. You may invite others to participate if you have written dialogue rather than a monologue. The performance should last 3-5 minutes.

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.

Monday, February 9th :

Wednesday, February 11th:

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