top of page

Capstone Concept Map


Experiments in Installation summer course

Upside down drawing

Negative space installation 

Found object installations

Confined space installation

Creating with the mundane

Nature installations 


High School

Music paintings

Non-representational nature paintings

Experiments with texture (joint compound)

Research Questions

  • Primary inquiry: How can art media constraints promote creative inquiry through the use of experimental media?

  • Primary inquiry rephrased: How can the parameters for experimental media allow for cognitive enlightenment from out-of-the box inquiry?

  • Supporting inquiry 1: How do contemporary artists use alternative materials for art making?

  • Supporting inquiry 1: How can alternative materials or experimental media be used in an art education setting? 

Extra Questions:

What is possible with no/limited budgets in the art world?

How can art open doors for philanthropy?

How do artistic parameters breed creativity? 

*Still developing the exact concrete focus. 

Why this research? 


  • Students/teachers with limited materials/budgets.

  • Virtual learning. Learning outside the physical classroom

  • Growing critical thinking through experimental media in art

Research Terms

  • Mixed media art

  • Found object art

  • Experimental media

  • Alternative art materials

  • Contemporary practices 

  • Inquiry, experiments, critical thinking 

  • Folk art - materials outside the art store

  • Cognitive creativity 

  • Sustainable art 

  • Ephemeral art 

Artist Examples

Nathalie Miebach - art made of storm data, 


Magda Sayeg - yarn bombing 

Brian Dettmer - Old books reborn as art, 


Vik Muniz - art made of wire, sugar, chocolate, string, trash, 


Janet Echelman - net sculpture installations,

Alejandro Duran - pollution from oceans as sculptures

Vincent Bal - Drawings from shadows


Olafur Eliasson - Sculptures from light and ice,

Elan Byrd - Miami-based, creates art from raffia/natural twine materials,

Nari Ward - found objects, installations, repurposing,

Hillary Waters Fayle - embroidered dried leaf sculptures, sustainability

Ruby Silvious - Use Tea Bags in Watercolor paintings, repurposing

Jon Foreman - arranged stones, ephemeral, sustainable

Jessica Drenk - organic sculptures from common materials, repurposing 

Julien Gobled - digital art, design

Yayoi Kusama - white room as canvas, colored stickers

Roman Ondak - Measuring the Universe, height marks on walls

Potential Artist Example Resources

Art 21

It's Nice That


Ted Talks

Tate Museum

Authors on Experimentation 

Belluigi (2013) explained that “creativity is promoted by conditions and activities which encourage playfulness, risk-taking and experimentation (p. 9). 


Marshall (2010) stated that artistic inquiry is developed through the “active construction of knowledge through hands-on exploration and experimentation, which are interwoven with and shaped by creative thinking” (p. 16). 


Dissanayake (1974) explained that “necessity may often be the mother of invention, but this should not obscure the fact that playful experimentation may also stimulate and suggest discoveries” (p. 214). 


Wolf (1988) explained that “skilled or creative individuals often pursue the ‘same’ problem across a series of works or experiments” and “they learn to approach an issue or idea from many points of view” (p. 151). 



Belluigi, D. Z. (2013). A proposed schema for the conditions of creativity in fine art studio practice. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 14(19). 

Wolf, D. (1988). Artistic Learning: What and Where Is It? Journal of Aesthetic Education, 22(1), 143-155.

Dissanayake, E. (2017). A Hypothesis of the Evolution of Art from Play. Leonardo, 7(3), 211-217. 

Marshall, J. (2010). Thinking outside and on the Box: Creativity and Inquiry in Art Practice. Art Education, 63(2), 16-23.  

bottom of page