I am pleased to announce the winner of our creativity sweepstakes that called on educators and parents to showcase creativity in education through a Pinterest board. Megan Bonner, an educator from Downingtown, PA is the lucky winner. Her amazing board included 127 pins ranging from student’s work to inspirational imagery and quotes. You can check it out for yourself here.
To better understand her inspiration and creative process, we sat down with Megan (virtually) and asked her a few questions. Check out the interview and let us know what inspires you.
Adobe: Why is creativity important in your classroom?
Bonner: In a lot of classes, there are only right and wrong answers, leaving little room for creativity. Kids are so creative if they are given room to explore their ideas. In my computer art and ceramics classrooms, my students can be creative, think outside the box, and test out their ideas while developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I want to see what my students are capable of and want them to develop their own viewpoints and styles.
Adobe: Where do you look for creative inspiration?
Bonner: Pinterest! It should really be called “Pinspiration” (at least for me). Pinterest is a great place to find ideas from other art teachers, see finished work, and go from there. Innovation comes from necessity. So if I see something I don’t like, an outdated or ineffective logo for example, I will turn that into a lesson where my students create a new and improved version.
Adobe: How do you inspire your students?
Bonner: I tell my graphic design students that I taught myself all of the Adobe programs that I teach (except for Flash and Dreamweaver) and didn’t have any sort of instruction. When I was in college, computer art was just starting to become popular, and I focused on more traditional art. I learned how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign by using books, magazines and online tutorials. I encourage my students to look for online tutorials and read magazines to find out how to do what they want to do, look for inspiration, and learn new techniques.
I also look for contests for my students. I enter my students in as many as possible to get their artwork out in the community. And even if a contest has passed, they are often a great way to find new ideas for projects.
Adobe: What advice would you give to other educator’s looking to foster creativity in their classrooms?
Talk to your students. Tailor your lessons and projects so they incorporate things that your students enjoy. Always try to find a way to bring a student’s idea to fruition.
Adobe: Any last thoughts—comments from students, tips and tricks, what’s next?
Bonner: I cannot wait to use my new laptop and Adobe Creative Cloud! I am always looking for ways to expand and build upon our graphic design course offerings, so I’m hoping that exposure to some new software can help with that. I’m very excited to use Muse! Also, I will continue to add to my Creativity in Education board on Pinterest by adding new resources and student work, so stay tuned!