This activity helped me see just how important the arts are to the imagination and creativity. I was really impressed with how this student was able to think of using feathers to create a dress on her paper doll, and how she was so careful with the placement of the feathers. Her creativity really showed through in her final product, because the feathers really did look like a dress on the doll. Madeleine Holzer’s article, “The arts and elementary education: shifting the paradigm” supports the use of visual arts to foster and help further the imagination and creativity, which are not only valued in the visual arts field, but across any discipline. I believe that this activity was a great way to put their creativity to the test, especially because the students were not given things that resembled hair or clothes. They were instead given other craft supplies that they were required to use, then giving them the liberty to use these supplies however they wished. Furthermore, though this activity I was also able to see more about this student’s self-understanding. She knew that she had yellow hair, blue eyes and that she had a big smile, which could possibly be something that she had heard before. This can be seen a form of multimodal storytelling. In a way she was using this activity to tell about herself to others through a doll.
Gabriela Perdomo, undergraduate UCSD, TACKLE