Real World Creativity


Bonding through Creativity

           Last night, I awakened thinking about my students. Teaching has been rough this year. “In your face” defiance, disruptive behavior, and verbal outbursts occur daily. I understand that many of them suffer from the ill affects of gang violence, foster care, and other challenges; but, knowing this does not make my blood pressure lower. Nevertheless, hopes to provide artistic opportunities found me pondering next week’s dough sculpture day.

Dough Sculpturing

             Last year, students thoroughly enjoyed this creative project and so I wanted to do the same once again; however, until yesterday, I doubted whether this year’s classes could handle the freedom. Then, several of the most hardened students began to show signs of softening. One who used to yell at me calmly asked to go to the nurse in order to settle down. Another actually opened up and smiled, talked freely, and remained in class (I didn’t have to have her removed by a duty aide).

Reading Tables Transformed

            I know not all battles of the will have been won, but a growing classroom culture of caring is slowly spreading to hardened hearts. So on Wednesday, we will squeeze salt dough between fingers and shape to our hearts’ delight. Those who have never made a craft will giggle and squeal. This opportunity will bond as we exit the regular classroom ritual and pretend we are around a kitchen table. This is “Real World Creativity!” Some of the best that I have discovered in life!

Messy but Fun!


About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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2 Responses to Real World Creativity

  1. kim says:

    Nice to know more about your world. The altered photo that you have of the kids sculpting: how did you do that? One of my challenges is to get real life photos of kids when we have big issues with parent permission. The altered photo seems like one great way to deal with this.

    • jodeeluna says:

      I altered the photo using an artistic filter in Photoshop CS3. I agree with you. This is a great way to mask the identity of children and still communicate the photo’s essence.

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