Category Archives: Creative Person

Animal Ark

Animal Ark”

In this collaborative project between photographer Joel Sartore and Newberry-winning author Kwame Alexander, Animal Ark blends their talents to give focus on some of the endangered species in our magnificent animal kingdom. Alexander’s haiku poetry accompanies Sartore’s visual haikus (photos). Their message, We are family, drives home that we must all take care of our planet.

Background matter includes notes from the photographer and the writer.

This book promotes creativity, helping others, nature and discovery.

TITLE: Animal Ark

AUTHOR: Kwame Alexander

PHOTOGRAPHER: Joel Sartore

PUBLISHER: National Geographic Partners, 2017

AGE GROUP: 5-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, helping others, nature, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What can you do to help save endangered species?

2) Choose a photo of an endangered animal. Research your animal. Use a few of those facts to help you write a haiku poem about your animal.

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about photographer Joel Sartore, visit:

https://www.joelsartore.com/about-joel/

Joel is the founder of the Photo Ark, a groundbreaking effort to document species before they disappear—and to get people to care while there’s still time.

https://www.joelsartore.com/photo-ark/about-the-photo-ark/

To learn more about author Kwame Alexander, visit:

http://kwamealexander.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Scientific Artist Paul Friedlander

Creative Thinking Prompt: Scientific Artist Paul Friedlander

Pairing his two university degrees, one in physics and one in fine arts, Paul Friedlander, a kinetic light artist, creates sculptures from bands of light waves. He explores visible waves that have expressive power, a music of light as he calls it.

Listen to Paul speak about his process in this short Youtube video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW_GOIu1wm0

 Creative Thinking Prompt: How might you create a light sculpture using flashlights or other materials of your choice?

EXTENDED CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about Paul Friedlander and view his gallery, visit:

http://www.paulfriedlander.com

To view more of his light sculptures, visit:

https://mymodernmet.com/paul-friedlander-kinetic-light-sculptures/

The Dance of the Violin

The Dance of the Violin”

From the time he was very young, Joshua Bell loved music.

He hears stories in songs and envisions them in his head as he plays his violin.

Joshua begs to compete at a competition for more experienced musicians.

He chooses a piece of music, which his teacher suggests is too difficult, but Joshua is determined. At the competition, Joshua begins to play, and almost immediately, he makes a mistake, then another and another.

He stops playing. As he is about to walk off the stage, he asks the judges if he could try again. They agree. This time, instead of focusing on playing perfectly, Joshua envisions the song story in his head and plays seamlessly.

Based on a true story, at age twelve, Joshua Bell competed and placed third at Stulberg International String Competition in Kalamazoo, his first competition. He was one of the youngest musicians there. The next year he placed first.

This book promotes traits of a creative person, originality, passionate, perseverance, and creative talent.

TITLE: The Dance of the Violin

AUTHOR: Kathy Stinson

ILLUSTRATOR: Dušan Petričić

PUBLISHER: Annick Press Ltd., 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, originality, passionate, creative talent, perseverance

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) How do you learn from making a mistake? How might you inspire others to learn from their mistakes?

2) What is something that you love doing? How might you share your interest with others?

3) Listen to this clip of Joshua Bell’s violin playing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C-ukopBX6g

Imagine you are the conductor. How would you move your body to conduct Joshua Bell? 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Kathy Stinson, visit:

https://kathystinson.com/about-kathy-stinson/biography/

To learn more about illustrator Dušan Petričić, visit:

http://www.annickpress.com/author/Duan-Petrii

To learn more about Joshua Bell, visit:

http://joshuabell.com