Exploring Myself: Metaphor and Creativity


Course Description:

 

This course employs the creative use of metaphor to explore the relationship of one's personal self to one's public self and the social and natural world. Using hands-on creative projects and reflective journal writing, students will employ metaphorical thinking as a means of self discovery and problem definition.

Methods of Instruction:

 

Objectives:

Students will develop:

 

Major Questions

 

Assignments:

 

Evaluation:

Students will be evaluated on the quality of thought expressed in:

 

NOTE: Personal disclosures about thoughts and feelings should be kept at level that is comfortable for the students.


The ocean has one taste: the taste of salt.
The truth has one taste: the taste of liberation.




WEEK 1: Take Me As You See Me

 



WEEK 2: My Life as a Board Game

 



WEEK 3: My Two Faces

 



WEEK 4: String Games

 



WEEK 5: My Life's Journey

Lecture: / Discussion

 



WEEK 6: If My Body Fit Me --

Lecture: / Discussion

 



WEEK 7: If I Met You in a Dream --

 



WEEK 8: Am I a Captive?



WEEK 9: The Self I Am Becoming

 



WEEK 10: My Life in Balance

 



WEEK 11: Exam Week: Celebration and Culmination -- 2 hours

 



Some Possible Readings:

 

Possible Videos:

 


Lesson Project Medium Weekly Topic
1 paper figure who is my public self?
2 board, paper to paste my life as a board game
3 plaster of Paris mask public and private face
4 string and wire string games
5 modelling clay my life's journey
6 3D objects, seeds If my body fit the real me
7 container/ pictures If I met you in a dream
8 paper collage ransom note
9 fabric, starch, wire, wood The self I am becoming
10 mobile balancing my life


Odd numbered lessons explore the self: even numbered lessons explore our relationships with others.

Time Considerations

This course takes about 4 hours a week -- an hour of discussion and about 2 1/2 to 3 hours on the creative projects. This breaks down to 40 hours = 4 hours of quarter credit.

Individual lessons could also be used in workshops.


 

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