Week 1 | Creativity Test

Develop the following boxes with original art/design work while working with the markings that are already contained within the box. 

This Creativity Test is based on the “TTCT”, or Torrence Tests for Creativity. The test was developed by Dr. E. Paul Torrance, a creativity and education researcher at the University of Georgia. He spent his career refining a series creativity tests designed to measure creative ability. That being said, not everyone agrees that creativity CAN be tested or measured, and your art teacher is one of the doubters, but it is still a fun exercise! It’s like a puzzle or brain-teaser that stretches your imagination. The imagination is like a muscle, the more you use it, the bigger it gets. 

I have provided a downloadable test sheet for you below. Also provided is a pdf containing three examples of actual TTCT tests completed by students. It’s important not to compare your results with anyone else’s, because each of us are starting at a different creativity level. This assignment will give me a sense of where you on the creative learning curve. Take it more than once if you want, in fact, I encourage it. Creativity is a developmental process, and as with any process, it takes time to master. If this were an actual, or “official” TTCT, you would be timed, but this exercise is for Mr. Heidt’s Art Class! Mr. Heidt wants you to take your time, and be imaginative. “Think outside the box”, but don’t draw outside the box!


The directions are at the top of the test.

 

Week 2 | The 7 Elements 

Elements & Principles Chart: Develop an artistic design for each module (box) that represents the combination of each element (on the left) and each design principle. For example: how might Line be shown visually if Balance is the emphasis? 


If you are unable to print the 11X17 version, I have also provided the same Elements & Principles Chart in Week 3 split into two 8.5X11 documents. Print both A and B out seperately and tape them together side by side. Use double sided tape for best results.

 

Week 3 | The 7 Principles

Elements & Principles Chart: Develop an artistic design for each module (box) that represents the combination of each element (on the left) and each design principle. For example: how might Line be shown visually if Balance is the emphasis? 


Each module should look different, so be imaginative!

Download the Elements & Principles Chart, (8.5X11, side A, side B) below.

 

Week 4 | Map of Me

Combine collage elements to create a visual representation of what YOU are about. Use a real map as a base, and build up a collage a design that represents who you are and what you care about most, your life's journey. The Map of Me should tell the story of YOU. See an example below.

 

Week 5 | Let's Paint A Tree

What type of tree is worth taking the time to paint? I will show you how to choose a subject, in this case, a tree, and what qualities to look for. We will cover the hues and colors that you'll need to have ready-to-go when painting a tree in it's natural setting. This is a painting lesson for beginners, so don't be nervous about painting. We use acrylics, so if you make a mistake, no worries. As Bob Ross always said, “There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.”

 

Week 6 | Levels of Color

This week we are studying the basics of color. I have provided you with a Color Theory Basics handout that we will be discussing in class. Get ready to mix colors!

 

Week 7 | The Still Life

Develop the following boxes with original art/design work while working with the markings that are already contained within the box. Do not draw over or work around the markings but work with the markings. Once you are finished with this “Creativity Test” you should have 12 interesting and original thumbnai sketches.

 

Week 8 | Sketching Up

Develop the following boxes with original art/design work while working with the markings that are already contained within the box. Do not draw over or work around the markings but work with the markings. Once you are finished with this “Creativity Test” you should have 12 interesting and original thumbnai sketches.

 

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