MISSION MONDAY: Using Artists for Inspiration

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Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Eighth-grade art students are using creative, divergent thinking as well as critical and convergent thinking to explore how creators find their inspiration through the study of the pop art movement and artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

Students then applied the knowledge in investigating the characteristics and culture of an eighth-grader through group work. Students pushed the creative thinking strategy further by imagining a person their age living in a different time, country or economic background. Through the use of an affinity map, thumbnail sketches and reflection, each student uncovered a personal inspiration that will drive an original design for a functioning clock and begin the steps to construct it.