Exploring the Principles through Multiples
Students will create black-and-white pencil drawings of 15 images of the sun. Each sun must be different from all the others. The drawings will be done on a 12″ x 18″ sheet of white drawing paper. The drawings will be evaluated for creativity (unique, unexpected, unusual, and/or original solutions) and for the use of a wide and dynamic range of elements and principles of art to solve the problem.
NOTE: This activity could be modified in several ways. It could be repeated in a course at the beginning, middle, and end to assess progress in creativity. The subject could be varied, as long as it is a common object, one familiar to all students, such as a shoe, a handbag, and a clock. The number of repetitions could also be varied, or students could be instructed to come up with as many ideas as possible within a shorter time limit, with quantity counting in scoring as well as quality.
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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