created - content of work, theme, materials, style, when it's finished and what's next are examples of this.
On the other hand is choice, with a little c. This type of choice is present in all classrooms but is not used intentionally to teach creativity. It can be used to allow learners to make big decisions but often it's not, instead it provides superficial choice, like what color to paint the background or where to draw the groundline. These little choices don't add up to Choice and are inherently different. When you really get down to it, are the two images I've included with this writing all that dissimilar?
Screenshot of a Google search for "Birch tree art lesson".
I'm an high school art teacher who's really interested in student choice and creating opportunities for self expression. I'm also a writer for The Art of Education and co-author of The Open Art Room.