This year at Westview High School, a corner of our library has been transformed into a CreativeSpace for our students to engage with and explore both technology and other mediums. Amongst other installations in our CreativeSpace, we have two touch-capable interactive tables.
The same projectors and touch-capable programs--when facing a wall--are used throughout our classrooms here at Westview. However, when the projectors are faced toward a table, up to 10 students can utilize the software to draw and create. From after school collaborative study sessions to lunchtime artistic adventures, to Prom proposals, students are effectively self motivated to learn the software in order to play. When returning to the classroom, without any instruction, they are ready to utilize the technology on the spot.
Although there are "fun" things that happen every day in our library, it has been delightful to watch students take ownership of this new CreativeSpace. Over the past few months, we have noticed that we didn't even need to turn on the projectors in the morning: the students were doing it. In fact, there were two students who came each morning to make artistic creations on the tables. Over time we learned that they are siblings, just hanging out in the library before school with each other every morning sharing art.
Earlier this year we found another table lying around Westview--well, at least a tabletop--which we turned upsidedown to create a robot-safe play area. One of our students thought it looked ad hoc, so she asked if she could paint it. We laid poster paper down and watched as she reimagined Starry Night. Not wanting to work alone, she offered other students to join, and came up with the idea that anyone that participated got to leave a thumbprint on the final work. As they painted, they also created origami, green screen videos, blackout poetry, and more. The space became theirs as not only their numbers grew, but their collaboration on their art space became more authentic. Once it was completed, there was a notable deflation of moods.
They didn’t want the collaboration to end. So, it didn’t. Now they are creating art for all areas of our library, and having seen others engage with the space, there are new iterations of ownership arising, from the group that comes in every lunch to make creations with pipe cleaners, to the students that ask for robots and are learning how to code, to those that want to recreate the display window to reflect the novel they have just fallen in love with. The CreativeSpace in its becoming is decidedly something beautiful.
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