Critical Creativity in the K-12 Classroom

Amy Burvall

Amy Burvall is a professional recombinant, frequent flâneuse, and itinerant artist. After 25 years in the classroom she is currently consulting, creating, and curating in the fields of creativity, visual thinking, and digital literacies. She was an early YouTuber with her History for Music Lovers project and remains an advocate of remix in learning. Her tagline, “the cloud is our campfire”, alludes to her passion for transparency and networked knowledge and creativity.  Amy speaks and leads workshops internationally and enjoys designing creative spaces and facilitating experiences for the education and corporate sector. She has authored several traditional and blended learning curricula for the global innovation start-up, EdgeMakers. She is co-author of Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom (2017, EdTechTeam Press). After going through cancer, she has adopted Henry Miller’s philosophy of “paint what you like and die happy”, tries to see the beauty in the mundane and live life in “rigorous whimsy”. In the ether you can find Amy sharing her work @amyburvall in all spaces.



How might we choreograph a short story, remix a political party, sketchnote an equation, costume a scientific phenomenon, or hashtag a nutrition plan? Veteran classroom educators, Amy Burvall and Dan Ryder, believe intentional acts of creative expression enables deeper learning, turning the creative spirit into a force for authentic understanding. During this MasterClass, learn how to apply critical creativity to formative and summative assessments for any learning environment.  Expect to complete the course with a collection of activities and assessments ready to implement at a moment’s notice, as well as the mindset necessary to remix, mashup, and design your own rigorous whimsy experiences.


Additional Speaking

The Rigorous Whimsy Mindset

Image is Everything: Visual Thinking Across the Curriculum

#GetSmART: Lessons from Artists

Once Upon a Faerie Tale