Tuesday, December 13th, is International Creativity Day. Founded in 2003 by the International Arts and Humanities Council, Creativity Day celebrates various forms of artistic expression and has recently taken a particular focus on supporting the arts in schools.

In 2013, as part of 10th annual International Creativity Day, the Council began their “10 in 10” initiative. In honor of the 10th year of Creativity Day, in ten minutes or less, school staffers are challenged to take ten photographs that capture creativity in the hallways of their schools. The goal of the initiative is to get school officials thinking about how creativity is featured in schools and to look closely at the ways student work is displayed for families, who rarely have more than 10 minutes to peruse the halls.

Let the clock begin. Ten minutes. Ten hallway photographs. A Gallery Walk down the hallway of Fletcher Elementary.


Third and fourth graders discussed strategies to care for the environment and each other through mindfulness. These birth tree pictures are accompanied by student writing about how the students care for each other. The works were part of a study of space (the art word for showing depth.) To learn more about how Fletcher students combine Mindfulness and art, check out the Tall and Proud project.


Preschool students created paintings that reflected both their arms and hands as trees and the fall colors of leaves.



Fifth and sixth graders were inspired by French artist Didier Triglia, who used recycled materials in his work. These sculptures include recycled soda pop cans. Read more about this project on Art Teacher M.C. Baker’s blog here.


Third and fourth-grade leaf prints were part of a study of the book, “Look What I Did With A Leaf,” by author Morteza E. Sohi.


Sixth-grade self-portraits celebrate both the use of line and color. Learn more about this study of monochromatic prints.


Second-graders created owl prints in honor of their classroom theme of owls. These works supported their study of shape and patterns.


Math and art? Oh, yes! First through fourth graders learned about artist and mathematician M.C. Escher and tessellations. Learn more about the mathematical art of M.C. Escher here.


After reading books about butterflies, kindergarten students worked with sixth-grade art buddies to create butterfly shaped books.The students learned about lines, patterns, and symmetry, as well as friendship, the theme of each book.


Tin sculptures by fourth graders paid tribute the Mexican Holiday, the Day of the Dead.

Ten minutes. Ten photographs of student creativity. Be certain to take ten minutes to “gallery walk” the halls the next time you are at school.

Target 1 – Proficiency-Based Personalized Learning. FWSU students and staff will engage in personalized learning that integrates collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity. 

Indicator of Success: Students and staff create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

Action Step: Design, model, and highlight innovative, personalized social and academic proficiency-based learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem-solving and creativity for students and staff.

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