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.
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Creative Thinking Prompt: Wizard of Oz
Create an alternate storyline for Dorothy and the Wizard.
Pretend you are Dorothy and you are traveling the yellow brick road to see the wizard. The road isn’t yellow, it’s ______ (color) and it’s made of ________. Why do you need to see the Wizard? As you travel you come across four travelers: ___________, ______________, ____________, and _________ who also need to see the Wizard. Why do they need to see the Wizard? When you meet the Wizard, what does she/he look like? What power does the Wizard have to grant your wish? Will your wish be granted? If not, what happens next? If yes, what happens next?
What if Dorothy and the Wizard switch places and the Wizard visits Dorothy because she has the power to grant wishes?
Creative Thinking Prompt: Feed Your Imagination
Imagination is more important than knowledge. – Albert Einstein
How do you feed your imagination? What fills you with wonder?
To get started, answer these questions.
When do you feel inspired?
What inspires you?
Why does ______ inspire you?
Where do you feel inspired?
Who inspires you?
How does _______ inspire you?
Brainstorm ways to spark your imagination and inspire wonder. Pick one thing to do each day.
Here are a few to try.
Take a walk outside.
View something in a way you haven’t looked at it before.
Go to a discovery museum.
Read a book that has no words.
Look at the stars.
take time to fuel your imagination often.
Creative Thinking Prompt: Flower Portrait Art
Do as artist Vicki of the Sister Golden Company does, create portraits with nature. Take a walk, collecting nature items such as twigs, petals, acorns, seeds, sand, flowers, leaves, etc. Ask permission before taking and/or cutting flowers. Sketch out your portrait idea. Use a flat surface such as a sidewalk to create your art. When you are done, take a picture and then allow nature to take your art wherever the wind may blow.
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Creative Thinking Prompt: Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles
Make your own bubble blowing wands to create unique bubbles.
Materials: pipecleaners, low gauge wire
Bend into shapes. Dip into bubble solution. Blow.
What happened? Were your bubbles the shape of your wand? How big or small were your bubbles? How many bubbles can you blow before having to dip your wand back into the solution?
Blow bubbles onto a piece of paper to make bubble art. Color the bubble solution with drops of food coloring.
Write your name using bubble letters. Blow colored bubbles onto your bubble letters.
Think Deeper: Create an image using bubbles to “color” your image. And experiment with ingredients to make your own bubble recipe.
Creative Thinking Prompt:
You Are The Storyteller: A Coloring Story
Collect several different coloring books. With an adult’s permission, tear out pages that spark your interest. Color these pages. Combine different mediums such as markers, colored pencils, and ink. Remember it’s okay to color outside the lines. Next embellish these pages with textured 3D objects such as ribbons, buttons, glitter, etc. Once your pages are complete, organize them in such a way that they tell a story. Tell your story to others. You are the storyteller while your pictures are the visual story.
Creative Thinking Prompt: Design Your Pool
In the dog days of summer, wouldn’t it be great if you had a pool that had everything you wanted? Design a pool that fits your style.
Here are some pool designs to inspire you.
Think Deeper: What else can your pool be used for besides swimming?
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: What’s That Smell?
Brainstorm different types of smells. From your list, choose 20.
With an adult, walk around your neighborhood or town sniffing.
Give yourself a point for each smell you find on your list.
Think Deeper: Create a symphony of smells. Pretend you are a songwriter. How would you use smells to create a song?
Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Your Own Snow Words
Many countries have different words for different types of snow. To date the Sami culture of Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia, are known to have 180 words to describe snow while the Scottish have over 413 words for snow.
Skelf – snowflake (Scotland)
Snjór/Snær: Snow (Icelandic)
Ciegar: Snowfield which has been trampled and dug up by reindeer (Sami)
Lappvante- thick falling snow (Swedish)
Aputi: snow on the ground (Inuit/Yupik)
Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Your Own Snow Words
- Brainstorm different types of snow. Spark your imagination by looking at how other countries and cultures view snow.
- Invent 10 new words to describe different types of snow. Notice how your words sound and look. What if you used marks above vowels, how would that change the sound of your words?
- How would people unfamiliar with your language learn your new language?
For extra fun, experiment by making snow playdough using two ingredients.
SNOW DOUGH RECIPE 1
Equal amounts of each:
Glitter and/or a drop of Peppermint Extract or Oil
SNOW PLAY DOUGH RECIPE 2 using baking soda and hair conditioner: