Creative Thinking Prompt: DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion®
Creative expression + creative movement + environment + inter- and intra- relationships = DIAVOLO
Diavolo’s mission statement is to explore the relation and interaction between the human body and its architectural environment to understand how we are being affected not only socially, but physically and emotionally. Dancers fly through the air from structures designed by Jacques Heim. Their acrobatic dance performance incorporates strength as well as emotion to tell a story.
In 1992, French-born choreographer and visionary Jacques Heim created DIAVOLO, an acrobatic dance company that incorporates unique geometric-architectural props. Diavolo stands for “I fly” in Latin and “day” in Spanish. Currently, they are competing on the TV show, America’s Got Talent.
To learn more about Diavolo, visit:
Creative Thinking Prompt: Candygories Art Game
I love playing games. As a kid, I refused to read the game rules. Instead I tried to figure out how to play the game on my own. If the game eventually got too easy, I invented my own rules for more challenge. Today, I created Candygories, a combination of the game Scattergories and food art.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-6 players, ages 5 and up
- Gather together a mix of assorted candy, marshmallows, pretzels, chocolate chips, assorted cereals, and assorted different sized crackers. If you’d like, you can add other food.
- a timer or something that can track 2 minutes
- paper and pencils
- a list of categories
HOW TO PLAY:
- As a group, make a list of 15 categories such as zoo animals, ways to get to school, pets, things that grow, etc. Write categories on separate slips of paper and fold up. Put these slips into a hat or bowl.
- Place the assorted food in the center of the circle where everyone can reach it.
- Choose who will go first. The first player picks a category from the hat, reads it out loud and then starts the timer for two minutes (or if you want to extend the time, you can).
- Each player will create an object from the chosen category using the food supply.
- When time is up, write down what you think each player created. Then each player takes a turn with their guesses. A point is given for each correct guess to the player whose creation was guessed correctly.
- Take turns by going around the circle. When it is the next player’s turn, s/he will select a new category from the hat.
- The player who gets to 15 first wins.
Creative Thinking Prompt: Installation Artist Chiharu Shiota
Photo credit: Sunhi Mang
Artist Chiharu Shiota uses yarn and repurposed materials to create powerful, provoking art.
The Key in the Hand 2015 at the 56th Venice Biennale
Chiharu Shiota suspends over 50,000 keys collected from world-wide donors with weaved yarn over a wooden boat. The keys represent feelings and memories while the red yarn represents lines of memory and how they relate to one another.
Creative Thinking Prompt: In what ways might you use a key besides opening a door? Brainstorm a list of possibilities of what you can do with a key. What else can a key represent? How might you incorporate keys into an art project?
To learn more about Chiharu Shiota and her work, visit:
Infinity Lines 2017 at Savannah College of Art and Design
A creative non-fiction book, I’m Trying To Love Spiders, combines facts about spiders and author Bethany Barton’s journey of overcoming her fear of spiders.
In regards to her perspective on spiders, Bethany Barton stated, “I want to think of them as bug ninjas.” She believes that she shouldn’t be afraid of them since spiders do good things for the world. Did you know that a single spider can eat over 75 pounds of bugs in a year?
Humorous illustrations accompany spider facts.
This story promotes humor, combination – facts with imagination, and a different perspective.
TITLE: I’m Trying To Love Spiders
AUTHOR: Bethany Barton
ILLUSTRATOR: Bethany Barton
PUBLISHER: Viking, 2015
AGE GROUP: 4-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, combination – facts with imagination, and different perspective
1) Pick an animal that you don’t like. Research that animal. Discover at least five facts that you find good (positive) about it. Having learned these new facts, how does it change your perception about the animal? Remember even if you still don’t like the animal, you can appreciate and respect it.
2) Make a variety of homemade spiders.
Egg carton with pipe cleaner spider.
Doughnut and pretzel spider. To easily make these, visit: http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/2014/09/24/easy-mini-donut-spiders-easy-halloween-treat-kids-can-make.html#_a5y_p=2500159
To learn more about author/illustrator Bethany Barton, visit:
Photo: Nicole Dextras
Creative Thinking Prompt: Environmental Fashion Art
Creative thinkers think in a different way. They see the world in a different way. They use materials in ways that they aren’t intended. An environmental artist uses natural items to create works of art. What if you were an environmental artist, how might you use natural materials such as leaves and flowers to create fashion? Design an article of clothing for yourself, a doll, a fairy or gnome using botanical materials.
To learn and see more of Nicole Dextras’s botanical wearables and her Weedrobes, visit:
Think Deeper: How do you express your individuality through fashion?
Use origami (paper folding) to perform scientific experiments and test hypotheses. From a dish soap racing boat to a table kite to a fan, readers practice origami folds to test science concepts such as surface tension, water molecules, air resistance, gravity and mass.
This story promotes creative problem solving, wonder, discovery and combination.
TITLE: Making Origami Science Experiments Step by Step
AUTHOR: Michael G. LaFosse
ILLUSTRATOR: Michael G. LaFosse
PUBLISHER: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., 2004
AGE GROUP: 6-9
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative problem solving, wonder, discovery, combination.
1) A hypothesis is a guess. Develop a hypothesis that you’d like to test. Then design an experiment to prove or disprove your hypothesis. After you’ve completed your experiment, what new questions do you have? Will you create a new hypothesis?
2) Fold a piece of paper. Smaller and smaller… How many times can you fold the paper? Could this folding go on indefinitely or will it stop?
3) To create origami art, visit this link: http://www.origami-instructions.com
To learn more about author/illustrator Michael G. LaFosse, visit: http://www.origamido.com