The first two lessons of Creativity Express begin with the basic questions children ask about art. What is it? Why is it made? What does it mean? Who makes it? How do I understand it? Children begin by exploring the 'Language of Art'.
What is the Language of Art? Art is a universal way to communicate visually. There are no verbal barriers. From cave paintings describing a successful hunt, to classical portraits and landscapes, to modern art and sculpture, all artists are conveying a story, a message or a feeling through the language of art. Throughout Creativity Express, children learn to record their ideas and feelings using the language of art.
Children are introduced to Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo, Salvador Dali and Paul Gaugin. These artists shared a passion for art and innovation, as well as having very individual styles. Through these historical figures children learn that failure is an essential part of the learning process on the way to finding their own individual style.
Creativity Builder #1 - Create Your Own Language
In some cultures, art is closely related to language. For example, Egyptian hieroglyphics use pictures, or symbols, instead of words.
In this assignment, children create their own language, or “code” for common words, then build sentences. Then they lay out and design these symbols into a final artwork.
Vocabulary: Language of Art, symbol, Egyptian, hieroglyphics, message, visual elements, media, figurative, abstract, composition
Objective: Use visual elements to create symbols for words, then create symbols for multiple words to build sentences.
Creativity Builder #2 - Make a Comic Book Stories are often told through the combination of visuals and words. But in this assignment, we’ll use only the visual language – just like Michelangelo did on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Children will create their own comic book, relating stories using pictures from current class subjects, or stories from their own experiences.
Vocabulary: comic book, storytelling, emotions, sequence, language of art, media
Objective: Use the language of art to create a story with a clear sequence of beginning, middle and end, then employ the proper media to develop the concept and story line.
Artwork tells a story using emotions, feelings and pictures. 'Messages in Art' teaches children to ask questions when viewing art. How does it make you feel? What is it saying? What is the story that it tells?
Through their art, artists are able to communicate stories, messages, events and personal experiences. We understand more about the artist, when they lived and what they were trying to say, by looking deeper into their artwork. In 'Messages in Art', children uncover the meaning of Michelangelo's illustrations on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
As children learn to understand art through these stories and messages they can create their own projects with historical context or a basis in emotions and experiences. The stories and messages children create and the ideas they illustrate can become a major influence in their visual art. Allowing them to use those influences can be a great form of artistic communication. They will see ways to use their messages and stories to begin to understand the visual art messages of others.
Creativity Builder #3 - Warning Signs
Signage is often easiest to understand when it’s designed to work without words. Some signs of this type convey a warning, like the leaping buck that reminds you to watch for deer crossing the road. Others call your attention to something appealing, like the image of a cake that hangs over a bakery.
In this activity, children will use pictures to create their own signs.
Vocabulary: sign, signage, warning, message, communication, visual art, convey, silhouette, element, media
Objective:Design a sign that conveys its message without using words.
Creativity Builder #4 - Monkeying Around
An artist’s feelings about his subject can dramatically affect the stylization used when portraying that subject. This lesson encourages children to explore those boundaries, by giving them an opportunity to caricaturize a person they know with the features of an animal.
Vocabulary: caricature, quirks, personalities, stylization, variety, exaggerate, subject, traits, props, symbolism, portray, figurative, non-figurative, reveal, media
Objective:Create a caricature of a person that combines human characteristics with animal characteristics; use non-figurative elements as symbolism in portraiture.
Artists make choices to draw your eye to an area of their work. Emphasis is one of the tools they can use to accomplish this. Defining emphasis in art can be difficult; this lesson makes it simple for children to understand.
Children are introduced to methods artists use to create emphasis in their artwork, essentially tools to lead the viewers eye where you want it to go. A few ways to emphasize something, or make it stand out, are contrast (value or color), size, lighting and structure. Each of these topics are covered in detail in later lessons.
Here, interactive activities an the use of famous artwork allows children to manipulate the differences these choices make in the 'message' of the final artwork. This understanding sets the stage for the study of artistic methods, giving them specific tools to create their own 'messages'.
Creativity Builder #5 - Let's Go Out to the Movies
In this activity, we use a familiar concept – an animated movie - to encourage children to emphasize main characters by creating a movie poster. Children will design their own movie posters, and then make three different versions of the posters to give the most emphasis to the movie’s hero, the movie’s villain, and the movie’s title.
Whether children use value or color contrast, size, lighting or structure to create emphasis on certain characters is up to them. The goal is to allow children to explore the techniques used by artists to draw the eye to a particular area of their work.
Vocabulary: emphasis, element, structure, composition, balance, lighting, contrast, value, complementary colors, analogous colors, color contrast, value contrast
Objective:Design a movie poster that has balanced emphasis on the hero, the villain, and the title Use contrast with value or color, size, lighting or structure in ways that enhance or diminish emphasis on certain elements.
Creativity Builder #6 - Rockin' With the Beetles
This activity explores the use of emphasis in a fun and humorous way, giving children the opportunity to create without becoming discouraged. Children are challenged to create artwork that shows three bug characters playing in a fantasy insect band. Through lighting and color contrast, students will give the most emphasis to one of the bug musicians, making the viewer’s eyes go to that bug first.
Vocabulary: emphasis, composition, element, lighting, contrast, value, complementary colors, lighting, analogous colors
Objective: Design a composition with three elements, and give one of those elements more emphasis than the other two.
Children begin learning about color with its foundation - value. It is important that children understand the use of the word “value” in art. This lesson simplifies the complex concept by exploring and discovering what happens when we look closely at the values in artwork.
From old black and white movies to a talking zebra, children discover the difference that black and white can make. They play hide-and-go-fish with value and value contrast to emphasize different elements within art. Using value to create lighting is explored through famous artworks and the help of Tickles' 'valuemometer'.
Creativity Builder #7 - Scramble Your Hues
Children apply dots of light and dark values to a black and white picture, demonstrating how the use of different values creates a unified whole picture. Children select a black and white image, arrange random hues on top of that image, and discover that their image is still very recognizable. This activity shows children that we rely heavily on value to make visual images readable.
Vocabulary: color, value, hue, scrambling, variations
Objective:Identify light and dark values within colors. Add hues to a black and white image while preserving the original value structure.
Creativity Builder #8 - This Sounds Shady
Children learn the three basic drawing techniques that are used to create values: hatching blending and stippling. Working with a subject of their choice, they will try their hand at all three techniques, and they’ll have an opportunity to develop new techniques of their own.
At the conclusion of this lesson, children will find themselves drawing forms more confidently and convincingly.
Vocabulary: hatching, blending, stippling, value, form, shading
Objective: Recognize light and dark values from observation and indicate them in their drawings. Use the hatching, blending, and stippling techniques when desired to indicate lighting and form.
Who invented the color wheel? Spoiler alert - it was Isaac Newton.
Although children work with color in art all the time, it is important to stop and really look at color to gain a better understanding. We begin this lesson with a fundamental study of how the color wheel works by teaching hue, saturation and value in a whole new way. An interactive color wheel allows children to mix and match using all three variables.
Then we ask, What does color do in a work of art? How does the color we choose affect the outcome of our own artwork? Children learn monochromatic and analogous colors, and the use of complementary colors for visual effect in artwork and signage.
The Color lesson gives children a solid foundation from which to build their own work.
Creativity Builder #9 - Anything But Plaid
Anything But Plaid provides an outline of a chameleon – nature’s own quick-change artist. A chameleon blends in to its surroundings when it needs protection. Our chameleon can blend in using monochromatic or analogous colors to its surroundings (color him to match a bed cover), or stand out using complementary or contrasting colors (a bright yellow chameleon is easy to spot on top of the TV).
In this activity, children design color schemes for their own chameleons to make them either blend in with the surroundings or stand out.
Vocabulary: analogous, monochromatic, complementary colors, chameleon, camouflage
Objective: Understand the concepts of complementary colors, analogous colors, and monochromatic colors, and apply those concepts to create a desired effect.
Creativity Builder #10 - Make Up a New Holiday
Children create their own logo or sign for a fictional holiday, and experiment with the use of use visual imagery as a means of communication. Complementary colors will be used to draw attention to their designs. This activity will help children convey their own thoughts and feelings while utilizing color to its fullest.
Vocabulary: logo, color wheel, complementary colors, combines / combinations, attention, graphic shapes, signage, visual imagery
Objective: Use complementary colors to call attention to their artwork; create visual imagery that communicates a message.
In ‘Making Paint’, children are introduced to the way in which painting styles and methods changed dramatically with the invention of paint in tubes. We begin by answering the questions: What is color made of? How did these colors evolve over time? How are individual pigments made? How was Van Gogh’s artwork made possible by the invention of paint from tubes?
Children travel the timeline of ‘Color Evolution’, and learn about the speed and mobility having paint from tubes enabled. Then they use chemistry to create their own paint from elements in nature.
The contextual foundation of 'Making Paint' gives children a small introduction to the understanding that life was not always as it is now, and will continue to change for them as they get older.
Creativity Builder #11 - Become An Inventor
From the wheel, to the light bulb, to the automobile, to the computer - inventions have continually added to our lives over the Centuries. As adults, we have watched these inventions appear and change. To our children, these recent inventions have always been a part of their lives. It is hard for them to understand that life was very different generations before their own history.
In this activity, children will be challenged to dream up new inventions of their own and imagine how they may change the lives of others far into the future.
Vocabulary: invention, inventor, generations, conceptualize, whimsical
Objective: Conceptualize a new invention and create an image that shows it in action.
Creativity Builder #12 - Design a Sarcophagus
Ancient Egyptians made paints in many colors, especially blue, red, green, yellow, white and black. They often used these paints to decorate the tombs – called sarcophagi - of their leaders, or Pharaohs. In this lesson, children play the role of an Egyptian artist who is decorating a sarcophagus for a Pharaoh.
This activity asks children to explore the past and gives them a small introduction to the understanding that life was not always as it is now, and will continue to change for them as they get older.
Vocabulary: Pharaoh, sarcophagus, Egyptian, color palette, hieroglyphics, symbols
Objective: Understand the color palette that was used by Egyptians, and incorporate those colors into new artwork. Design a sarcophagus, using symbols and pictures that tell the viewer something about that particular Pharaoh.
Colors convey different emotions, but how? In 'Warm & Cool Colors' children learn how colors can represent feelings. For example, most people relate dark blue to sadness, and many people connect red to excitement or anger. There are personalities associated with colors as well. In animation, red characters tend to be energetic, passionate and fiery.
How do artists use warm and cool colors to create emphasis in their work? What emotions do certain colors represent? Children explore Pablo Picasso's use of color throughout his career and discover why they’re sure the red car will win the race. Understanding the differences between warm and cool colors in this way will help children express their own ideas more clearly and create more meaningful projects.
Creativity Builder #13 - Colors In Your Cart
A trip to the grocery store will show you a variety of the warm and cool colors that are used on different products. KitKat candy bars are wrapped in red. Junior Mints has a green logo, and Nestle Crunch bars are packaged in blue. M&M’s come in bags of yellow and brown, but during the holidays the bags are red and green.
In this activity, children design wrappers for real or imagined candy or other products, using warm and cool colors to help describe the product. Exploring the emotional differences between warm and cool colors helps children create more meaningful artwork.
Vocabulary: warm colors, cool colors, logo, invent, invention, mock-up
Objective: select warm and cool colors to make a product design more descriptive; understand the reasons behind some of the color choices they see on various products.
Creativity Builder #14 - Colors In Tights
What child doesn’t wish for superhero powers? In this activity, children design a new superhero, select an appropriate color for their superhero, and decide what personality and powers complement their superhero’s color scheme. The choice of warm or cool colors should emphasize his or her superpowers.
Vocabulary: warm colors, cool colors personalities, passionate, radiate, unique, abilities, complement, represent, emphasis/emphasize, costume
Objective: Relate warm and cool colors to various personalities and abilities, Understand what warm and cool colors can contribute to their own artwork.
Lines are easy to draw at any age. However, to truly understand their flexibility, children should have the opportunity to delve more deeply.
The 'Line' lesson introduces children to Edgar the Mouse. Through his animated adventures children encounter various styles of lines and learn how artists use them to convey emotions: thin lines to convey lightness and happiness, thick lines to convey heaviness or sadness, scratchy lines to help show fear, and jagged lines show anger. A fun trip to the office of Dr. Linear gives them 'Straight Talk About Lines'.
Moving forward to more complex applications of lines, children learn how artists are inspired by nature. Then, the lesson covers the use of implied lines and line of sight found in famous artworks.
Creativity Builder #15 - Lost In a Maze
This project stresses freedom and ease of use with lines. Some lines are soft and curving, and others are jagged and angular. In this lesson, students will use lines of different types to create a maze. They can make up designs of their own or complete one of the mazes from the Idea Gizmo.
Vocabulary: maze, line, style
Objective: Draw interior lines in a maze that reflect the style of the outer walls. Design a maze that has some dead ends and at least one path to the exit.
Creativity Builder #16 - Edgar's Further Adventures
In the lesson, we followed Edgar the mouse through a story that used many different types of lines. Using expressive lines as described in the Line Lesson (straight or jagged, curved, thick, thin, scratchy), children will make up a new scene for Edgar and draw it with lines that reflect the emotions he’s feeling.
Vocabulary: lines, mood, emotion, scene, reflect, canvas, convey
Objective: Create an interesting situation for a fictional character, and assign an appropriate emotion to the character. Use lines of different styles to reflect the emotions of a character.
The styles of portraits are as varied as the subjects in the portraits themselves. Depending on the culture, the period in history and the media used, portraits can be difficult for the students to understand or relate to. Who are these people? Why are they wearing those costumes? What were they like? Through this lesson children will see portraits with a new view.
Portraits reveal a lot of information about the subject. Children explore the timeline of portraiture to see how artists have changed their techniques and styles through the centuries. Then they become 'portrait detectives' to discover how artists compose portraits using symbolic props to paint a picture of a person's life.
Children study the four self-portraits by Rembrandt, and learn why photographs are portraits too.
Creativity Builder #17 - Looking Into the Future
In the Portrait lesson, we talked about self-portraits and how they reflect changes that happen during the artist’s life. Self-portraits are created so that the viewer learns something about the subject of the portrait.
In this activity, children will project themselves into the future for an imaginary self- portrait. What might their life look like 10 or 20 years from now? They can add anything they like to their artwork, including jobs, pets, friends, vacations, and inventions.
Vocabulary: self-portrait, props, background, visual cues, reveal
Objective: Create an imaginative future self-portrait; understand how self-portraits visually reveal many things about a specific time in the artist’s life.
Creativity Builder #18 - Caricature to Wear
In the Portrait lesson, children learned about caricatures – portraits that exaggerate features of a subject to make them look funny. Here we take exaggeration in another direction. Children create a whimsical mask of an imaginary character. Big googly eyes, bat’s ears, and scary fangs are suddenly fashionable in this activity.
Vocabulary: caricature, mask, exaggeration, portrait
Objective: Design a caricature with exaggerated features. Fashion a wearable mask from construction paper.
How can you bring art to life? In the 'Movement' lesson, we provide tools to help children add movement to their artwork. They begin with an interactive activity to demonstrate: 'Bringing Art to Life' has children move different elements of famous paintings to create movement, then animating to see 'Where Will it be in 15 Seconds?'
Children learn techniques to show movement in a still painting by positioning characters in dynamic poses and using lines of action. Elaborating on the concepts introduced in 'Making Paint' and "Portraits', children are ‘Moving Through Time’ to see how these same techniques have been used throughout history, and changed over time.
Creativity Builder #19 - Movement in Art
In the Movement lesson, children learned that adding movement to an image often increases its appeal. However, translating this concept into a two-dimensional work of art that achieves poses with movement can be difficult.
In this activity, children make moveable marionettes with articulated joints that can be posed in all sorts of movements, which the students can then copy into their own artwork. Using these marionettes helps the students see how the body’s many parts are positioned in various action poses to easily incorporate those movements into their own work
Vocabulary: marionette, line of action, articulated joints, movement, balance, two-dimensional
Objective: Create marionettes with articulated joints. Design poses for their marionettes that have strong lines of action and show movement clearly.
Creativity Builder #20 - Mind the Gap
Animating a character requires hundreds of different action poses. This lesson asks children to complete an animated sequence by adding a middle, or “inbetween” to a series of animated poses. This helps children to get the feel for making some of those poses and continue their study and use of movement as an element in their art.
After downloading some key poses from the Idea Gizmo or drawing their own key poses, students will create some “inbetween” poses. These are the poses that fit between key poses and help create the illusion of movement.
Vocabulary: visualize / visualizing, inbetween, key pose, animation, movement, illusion
Objective: Visualize and draw a character pose that fits smoothly between two other character poses.
History can be a difficult subject to capture students’ interest. There is very little association between history and their own lives. In the Time lesson, we touch on the differences between the past and the present by comparing everyday life.
Children learn that art is a useful tool in exploring how life was lived in the past. Paintings serve as records of life long ago and help identify changes in a changing world. In addition, artworks contain visual cues that enable us to understand what life was like during many different time periods.
To widen their horizons children travel a timeline beginning in 4,000BC where they 'Experience a Different Culture'. Then they test their knowledge playing ‘Fact or Fib’ - a game show featuring a cast of historical contestants.
Creativity Builder #21 - Something Old, Something New
In this activity, children will approach art using similar techniques as artists in the past, but with a present-day reference. Children take an existing classical work of art or portrait as a design source and use modern day props, clothing, inventions, and other elements to bring the image into the 21st Century.
Vocabulary: work of art, props, elements, update, personality, composition, invention, subject, culture shock, visual cues, modernize, technique
Objective: Reproduce the composition from an older work of art while updating the props, clothing, and other elements with modern-day items.
Creativity Builder #22 - A Voice From the Past
In this activity, children create time capsules with a twist. Instead of showing what their lives are really like in modern times, they’ll create fictional representations that might fool historians in the future. Children are encouraged to mix up the past, present and future to create a work of art that shows a nonsensical version of his or her world, teaching then to imagine what people in the future would think about that world if they came across their artwork.
Vocabulary: time capsule, element, historian, ridiculous, fictional, work of art
Objective: Visualize fictional elements and incorporate them into their artwork. Understand the basics of time capsules
What can a Cyclops teach you about eyes? Even with one eye, it's clear that eyes are the main part of an expression, adding life and feeling to artwork. In this lesson, children explore the many expressions of eyes.
Eyes are a powerful element in any work of art. First, children take a trip around the world to see how eyes are depicted in different countries and cultures. Then they travel through time to learn how and when artwork changed to become more 'personal'. In 'Eyes Compete the Story', animation allows children to move only the eyes of a character, showing how the arch of an eyebrow can change the entire the entire story of the picture.
Creativity Builder #23 - Animated Expressions
What do eyes tell us? If eyes are, in fact, the “window to the soul”, they tell us quite a lot. In art, the eyes help tell the story and convey emotion. In this activity, children create articulated faces that allow them to explore and experiment with a wide variety of expressions.
Vocabulary: expression, emotion, assemble, convey, articulated
Objective: Identify specific emotions conveyed by a variety of eye shapes. Create their own articulated faces that can be used to experiment with expressions.
Creativity Builder #24 - A New Kind of Eyewear
Eyes convey a surprising amount of emotion. To demonstrate this fact, children will create several pairs of paper eyeglasses that show a wide range of emotions. This activity is designed to enable children to create artworks of their own that incorporate eye expression that best tell the story.
Vocabulary: expression, emotion, suspicion, incorporate, convey
Objective: Create paper eyeglasses that fit onto their heads. Draw and identify many different emotions conveyed by eyes.
Understanding the difference between shape and form can be somewhat confusing for children. We use these terms casually in varying definitions. In the Shape and Form lesson, we delineate between these two concepts in the strictest artistic sense. This enables children to comprehend the meanings of the words when creating their own art.
Line-Shape-Form. This is where the lesson begins, with the sequence of artistic transformations to create dimension in art. It's easy for children to see how sculptures have form, but how to you create the illusion of form on a flat sheet of paper? 'Shading in a Shape' demonstrates how shapes take form by lighting or shading them. Understanding silhouettes involves rotating an ice hockey playing Furnace and then snapshotting his form.
What about the Masters? In 'A Shady Looking Figure' children manipulate the different stages of Michelangelo’s artistic process, showing the transformation of simple shape into of what is now a finished artwork.
Creativity Builder #25 - Shape Into Form
In this lesson, children will be introduced to the Japanese art of origami and transform a flat piece of paper– which is just a shape - into a form.
Vocabulary: shape, form, sculpture, technique, origami
Objective: Understand and explain the difference between shape and form. Convert shapes into forms, as is done with origami.
Creativity Builder #26 - Standing Tall
Forms are often represented by shapes. The shaded drawing of a pear shown in Shape and Form, seeArt ‘Creating a Good Shape’, is an example. In this activity, children will transform a flat drawing (shape) into a sculpture (form) using a model sheet as a guide.
Vocabulary: shape, form, model sheet, sculpture, graphite, accuracy
Objective: Understand and explain the difference between shape and form. Draw a model sheet with poses of a character from more than one view. Create a sculptural form from a model sheet.
Visiting a museum can be more than looking at old bones and portraits. Wander the halls and discover why a museum is like a time machine, full of both art and artifacts.
In 'Museums' children learn the function of museums, which includes public display, preservation, and education. 'Conservation and Restoration' interactively teaches the scientific four-step process to return an aged piece to its former beauty. What about forgery and theft? Children learn about how some very famous artwork got away, and why Michelangelo created a forgery.
Creativity Builder #27 - You're the Designer
The world is filled with many different types of museums. However, not everyone lives near a museum. A great alternative to an actual visit is to hold a virtual one where children can create and plan their own.
This activity gives children an idea of what it is like to be involved behind the scenes at a museum. Children begin by visualizing new museums that contain whatever objects they like. Then they create floor plans to show where all of the exhibits will be installed. Lastly, post-it notes with their art and artifacts are arranged for display.
Vocabulary: exhibits, art, artifacts, floor plan, visualize, function
Objective: Understand the role of museums and develop an idea for a new museum. Design a floor plan that shows where art and artifacts will be located in their museums.
Creativity Builder #28 - Forgery
Throughout history, artists have copied each others work in order to try new techniques that they could use for their own artwork. In the Museums lesson, children learned the important difference between copying artwork to learn and creating a forgery. In this activity, children copy a work of art, but they’ll make small changes so that it’s recognizably different from the original.
Vocabulary: forgery, media, visual cues, technique
Objective: Understand the difference between copying artwork to learn from it, and copying artwork to create a forgery. Improve their artistic skills by copying a work of art and making changes to it.
This cross-curricular lesson opens the world of math and art to children. Understanding the connection between math and art allows children to see both subjects from a different angle. Children who tend to be more artistically inclined will be able to view math within their artistic realm, while those students who tend to be more mathematically inclined will be able to connect with art within their mathematical realm.
Math influences art in many ways. The lesson begins with a study of the Fibonacci Sequence, Golden Mean and Golden Ratio. Its not complicated with animation! Next children explore proportions and shapes in nature with the 'Golden Math Machine'. They learn to easily draw their own Fibonacci Spiral and Pentagon. They discover why Leonardo DaVinci's Vitruvian Man was a groundbreaking study of human proportions.
Math influenced history as well. Children take a trip back in time to learn how the Egyptians and Greeks used mathematical foundations for their artwork and architecture, and how those same formulas are used today.
Creativity Builder #29 - Gridlocked
In the 'Math' lesson children learn about how the Egyptians used grids to make their proportions consistent. In this activity, children will use a math-based grid system to accurately copy the proportions of an image.
Vocabulary: grid, Egyptian, proportion, accuracy
Objective: Measure and draw horizontal and vertical lines one-inch apart to create a grid. Copy an original image, square by square, onto a grid they have created.
Creativity Builder #30 - Get Your Proportions
In visual arts, “proportion” refers to the size relationship of one thing to another. For example, a dime is about three fourths the diameter of a quarter, or a certain tree you’re looking at might be two times as tall as the girl standing next to it. These size comparisons can also be made within a single item. For example, a window might be twice as tall as it is wide, or a person’s eyes might be halfway between the bottom of their chin and the top of their forehead. In the Math lesson, children learn that the visual world around them is based on these proportions.
This activity teaches children how to achieve mathematical accuracy in proportions as they draw. Children visually measure the dimensions of what they’re drawing, and transpose those dimensions into their artwork. With this method they become more aware of visual proportions in the world around them, thus enabling them to draw proportions with greater accuracy.
Vocabulary: proportion, observation, equal, divide, dimension, width, height, accuracy, diameter, transpose, silhouette
Objective: Look at a subject from a distance, visually evaluate the proportions of the subject, and recreate those proportions in a drawing with reasonable accuracy.
For this last lesson in Creativity Express, we take the opportunity to look back at what the children have experienced. As a parent, you know that the learning environment can greatly influence how any child learns. But there are, of course, also the influences that come from outside: an influential person, an extra curricular activity that is of interest, a situation that resonates. These are all so important to the success of any child. In''Inspiration' we detail the learning experiences of artists throughout history.
'It's All Who You Know' explores ways that famous artists influenced and inspired each other. Children learn about the techniques they studied, the paintings they made, and how you can learn from their methods. Anyone can be an artist, but like any other field of study it takes practice. Learn from others, then develop your own individual style!
The idea of seeing something from a new perspective, like art, is exactly what Creativity Express aspires to do for your children.
Creativity Builder #31 - The Director's Chair
Artists also get their inspiration from many sources – friends, other artists, books, nature, you name it. In this activity, children will get inspiration from a favorite movie, then design some elements for a movie of their own.
Vocabulary: design, lighting, sets, costumes, props, inspiration, element, incorporate, analyze, elements of art, influence
Objective: Identify elements or techniques in a movie that make it unique, such as lighting, costumes, and set designs. Create original designs for movie elements.
Creativity Builder #32 - Show Off Your Style
In the Inspiration lesson, children learn about the various ways artists find inspiration form the works of others. However, their own unique style always shows through in their artwork, regardless of where they found their inspiration. Some artists even had well known personality quirks and traits that dramatically influenced their artwork. In this activity, children explore just what their own personal artistic style might be, and then express it in a work of art.
Vocabulary: personality, style, quirks, traits, vibrant, unique, charcoal, unique, inspiration, flamboyant
Objective: Have an understanding of their own personality, and how it relates to their artistic style. Express their personal style in a work of art.
You will enrich your child's education by choosing the home/virtual school curriculum with individual accounts. Though this content was previously promoted in CD-ROM format, the online version has significant advantages. First, you have always-on content, and no worries about operating system cross-compatibility. Second, multiple children can access the lessons simultaneously from different computers with individual accounts; the CD required one at a time usage. There is no CD to lose or break. Third, the CD has no teacher Account Center. This feature allows you, the educator, to track individual progress and comprehension of the lesson content.
The Creativity Express Lesson Plans are available in .pdf format in the Teacher Account Center. These supplementary materials guide the educator through relevant teaching topics and provide and outlines of each lesson and templates for Creativity Builders activities. For ease of use, we offer a quality printed, spiral bound version through our store.
Your first decision will be whether you wish the students to have individual accounts where they have access to the curriculum from home as well as during class. The students can upload .jpg images of artwork into their portfolios, and the Teacher Account Center allows you to monitor their performance on assessments. The price per student is quite low, and discounts are available for larger schools. See our store for details.
The whiteboard license allows you (a single teacher) to project the content from a school computer for your multiple classes throughout the school day. Though you can quiz the class using the online assessments, no individual student reports are generated. Students are still able to purchase individual account access through our store for home use.
Creativity Express was specifically designed for the flexibility you require. Our Teacher Account Center allows you to add students, assign them to classes, and view reports at the click of a mouse. Student licenses are easily purchased through our web store so that you can immediately increase your student load as needed. Discounts are available for larger schools. See our store for details.
Whether you are teaching a summer course or have children in a private studio or museum group, we have flexible plans. The only choice is whether you are planning on whiteboard teaching, or whether the children have individual accounts for additional access away from class time. We offer summer, semester, and yearly pricing. Nonprofit organizations are eligible for 20% pricing discounts. See our store for details.
Our animated lessons appeal even to younger grades. The Open Classroom License allows you expose your students to the world of art and creativity, though they may feel that they are playing! Many parents use Creativity Express as a 'reward' for their children who have completed their traditional course work. Your classroom can offer the same enrichment for your students. The 16 lessons will operate in 'unlocked' format so that children may move freely through the lessons; though students may take the assessments any number of times, no tracking will take place and no individual reports can be generated.
Your child will most benefit from the afterschool enrichment with individual accounts. You may not be able to take your child to the Louvre Museum in Paris, but Tickles, Furnace and Ruby can. For less than the price of parking, your child can view the works of the Masters housed in collections worldwide and learn their secrets. The Glossary builds vocabulary, and the Creativity Builders projects provide inspiration for hands-on activities. With engaging animation, charming characters, and a curriculum that meets the National Standards for the Visual Arts, Creativity Express is much more that a replacement for traditional art class.