Pull-Tab Snake

Illustration Elements

Illustration Sub-competencies:


Students were given the challenge of creating an artistic piece inspired by something from the animal world but constructed from mass-produced objects.


Teacher Observation

This student selected pop can pull-tabs, linking them together to create a snake. She reasoned that the pull-tabs, which are similar to links in a chain, could be fastened together in order to create a continuous structure. She re-contextualized the pull-tabs, transforming them from tabs, to links, to the “scales” of a snake. When she ran into some difficulty with the pieces adhering to one another, she decided to add a tiny drop of hot glue to each link.

Student Work Sample

Profile Analysis

Creative Thinking

I can get new ideas or reinterpret others' ideas in novel ways.

I get ideas that are new to my peers. My creative ideas are often a form of self-expression for me. I have deliberate strategies for quieting my conscious mind (e.g., walking away for a while, doing something relaxing, being deliberately playful), so that I can be more creative. I use my experiences with various steps and attempts to direct my future work.

Critical and Reflective Thinking

I can evaluate and use well-chosen evidence to develop interpretations; identify alternatives, perspectives, and implications; and make judgments. I can examine and adjust my thinking.

I can ask questions and offer judgments, conclusions, and interpretations supported by evidence I or others have gathered. I am flexible and open-minded; I can explain more than one perspective and consider implications. I can gather, select, evaluate, and synthesize information. I consider alternative approaches and make strategic choices. I take risks and recognize that I may not be immediately successful. I examine my thinking, seek feedback, reassess my work, and adjust.  I represent my learning and my goals and connect these to my previous experiences. I accept constructive feedback and use it to move forward.