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ERIC Number: EJ897386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
A 21st-Century Art Room: The Remix of "Creativity" and Technology
Bryant, Courtney
Art Education, v63 n2 p43-48 Mar 2010
This article describes the author's innovative approach to facilitating students' imaginations and critical thinking through a computer animation project. The author conducted a qualitative case study in a computer animation unit and explored urban high school students' use of creative problem-solving strategies, defined as techniques that offer multiple ways and angles of considering a problem from which an optimal solution may be selected. These strategies included open-ended instructional problems, brainstorming and storyboarding, peer checks, utilizing symbolism and metaphor, and critique. The primary goal for the unit of instruction was to teach students how to create a stop-motion film that used computer programs Photobooth, iPhoto, and iMovie. While these strategies are common in traditional artrooms, the author examined what happens when these creative problem-solving strategies were combined with a high-school computer animation unit and what results were obtained. Motivation proved to be a non-issue with this unit of study once the students became involved in the activity. Engagement also increased during the animation assignment. The author discusses the importance of combining creativity and technical skill acquisition and describes the creative problem-solving strategies. She recommends that teachers using technology as a tool for artmaking consider these strategies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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