Rooted in Creativity

Promoting Experimentation and Creative Thinking in the Classroom

Rebecca Melaragno
rooted in creativity book

My exhibition has two parts.

Part one is interactive and walks you through a lesson that I often do in my classroom. The activity (on the website) has participants choose 1 theme, 3 materials and 3 tools, and the challenge is for participants to demonstrate their theme in any way they can; abstractly, non objectively, realistically, conceptually, etc., only using the tools and materials selected. This encourages the reliance on creative and critical thinking. You can participate in this activity by clicking the “Participate” button below.

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website preview

The second part of the exhibition displays 2 videos entitled “Take a Stance” and “Chopped Challenge.” These are documentation videos of my students completing these specific lessons during class.

rooted book
book spread
chapter 6 of book
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spread of book
Rebecca Melaragno

Art Teacher

Torrington, Connecticut

I am an artist, designer and art educator for grades 7-12. My thesis is entitled Rooted in Creativity: Promoting Experimentation and Creative Thinking in the Classroom. This thesis comments on our current education system and the possible changes we can make, as educators, in order to promote critical and creative thinking. My thesis book provides examples, data, and sample lessons from the classroom in order for other teachers to try these very practical ways of teaching for themselves. 

It is my hope that this is the start to experimentation and enhanced creative thinking in our education system. Through my thesis, I have practiced these ideals in my own classroom and with my own personal artwork, and the results have been astounding. Through my research and study, as well as data from my own classroom, it is evident that creative thinking has substantial benefits. Through trial and error, and experimentation, realizations are made. These new experiences become learning opportunities that lead to new discoveries forming lifelong learners. 


When did you know you wanted to be a graphic designer and why? 

In art school during my undergrad I took a design class and loved it.


If you could be an animal, what would you be and why? 

Mountain lion-because I always get told that’s my spirit animal.


If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

The power to be in two places at once. I would get so much done and have more time to just relax and enjoy the day.


Describe the areas of design you are most excited about and/or want to pursue further. 

I am most excited about experimental and design with conceptual meaning and teaching that to upcoming students.