What is creative learning/ creativity?
- ‘Creativity is the process of developing ideas that are original and of value. Creative intelligence is dynamic, diverse and distinct.’ Sir Ken Robinson 2001
- ‘Creative thinking is something that can be developed by anyone’. De Bono
How d o teachers currently define it at Wyedean?
‘The ability to think freely’
‘Being able to generate new ideas or products’
‘Students engaging imaginatively and in varied ways with subject matter’
‘The opportunity to explore, build, and create’
‘Imaginative solutions to problems’
‘The freedom to express ones self’
‘Creativity is exploring your area of study in a way that leads you to a place where you are surprised by what you have achieved.
‘Encouraging students to independently explore and transform
their concepts through innovative thought and problem solving’
Long term vision at Wyedean?
- Celebrate current creative teaching and learning
- Shared toolbox for teachers • •Prepare students for society • •Raise the regard & profile for the Arts/ Creative Subjects
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We have a range of projects currently taking place to extend our creative skills and links with the community.
A group of Yr 8 students are working on a cross-curricular project using Art and DT skills to create a Sensory Artwork for patients to enjoy and interact with at Chepstow Community Hospital.
A group of Yr 9 students are taking part in workshops with BARK project – a collective of schools within the Forest of Dean learning skills from professional street artists. Students are designing and making large boards to be exhibited initially at Beechenhurst sculpture trail and then to be returned for display around school.
Continuing our strand of outreach projects with the local community and following on from our project in the autumn working with Archbishop Rowan Williams primary school; we are now linking up with The Dell Primary school on a creative project. Our students who have been involved in the BARK project, learning Street Art skills will be helping the Dell students to design and create Street Art style boards for their outdoor play areas in summer term.
Planning is underway for our Creativity Festival to take place in July including exhibitions, fundraising activities plus an evening event of performances and refreshments created and served by students involved in the Big Bean Café.
The Study Garden design has now been approved by the team involved and Touchwood are going ahead refining a more detailed, fully costed plan. We aim to go ahead with fundraising for completion of the project over the summer holiday.
We have started a rolling exhibition of GCSE Art students paintings at both Toast Café, Tutshill and also in our own Big Bean Café. We seek to expand on our exhibition venues further in the future.