Sunday, January 5, 2014

Creativity in the Classroom

Creativity in the Classroom

Hi, my name is Sabrina Wingren and I teach art. Currently I am teaching high school Art in Spokane Valley, WA. I have a Teachers Pay Teachers store called A Space to Create and my own blog A Space to Create Blog.

I am passionate about teaching kids to be creative problem solvers and feel that it is an essential skill for the 21st century. I know how challenging a classroom teachers job can be! My goal is to provide easy materials for teachers to incorporate into their classroom to inspire creativity in their students!

So what does all that mean? I thought the easiest way to show you, is well, to show you! ;) Get ready to throw those templates away and be amazed by what your students can do!

So in this lesson you would start out by reading the book Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni. 

Next create a robin with an inchworm measuring some part of his body. I used tissue paper for the body of the bird and construction paper for the legs and the beak. I also provided white circles for the eyes that I hole-punched from white copy paper. Here are a few of the pages from the presentation I include in this lesson.

(Optional movie with my narration)

Here are some of the artwork that my students created! I love the fact that they are all different! Give your students the chance to create their own artwork and they will always surpass your highest expectations! It's so important that our kids have the opportunity to create something that has no right or final answer, so that they figure out their own answers and develop that creative muscle.

Because it's important as a classroom teacher to also have activities that go along with the Common Core requirements, I included math and language arts and science activities to go along with the above art lesson. In addition to other writing prompt sheets there is a cartoon panel where students draw inch worms measuring different animals. You could easily do this in your classroom with just paper and a few prompts.

A scavenger hunt that has students measure and record the sizes of different insects ties in nicely.

And there are so many facts that you can cover in science about different insects like this one on worms.

In closing, I would just like to say that I am thrilled to be a part of this new blogging adventure! Follow the link below to go to three free coloring sheets that I created to go along with this book. Just click on the page below:

How do your encourage creativity in your classrooms?

Sabrina Wingren
A Space to Create


  1. How beautiful! I love this project! I incorporate an art center into my weekly literacy centers where students do some kind of art in regards to our current story or novel. This is perfect! Thank you for sharing!


  2. I love that you related it to core standards. Cute lesson and the students will love it!

  3. Great idea. Our Specials Teachers (Art, Music, Comp, PE and Lib) have to create standards aligned activities to go with what our teachers are teaching throughout the 6 weeks. This is great alignment:)