Creative Thinking Prompt: Surrealism
Surrealism art is an art form that reunites the world of dream and fantasy with everyday reality, a mix of conscious and unconscious realms.
Artist Rene Magritte’s surrealism artwork challenges others, in an unexpected manner, to view his art not as it appears to be, but as it appears not. For Magritte, what is concealed is more important than what is open to view.
This art by Rene Magritte looks like a pipe but its translation is “This is not a pipe.”
Creative Thinking Prompt: If this is not a pipe, what else can it be?
Brainstorm alternate uses for this item. Develop a new name for this “pipe”.
Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Chair That’s You
A chair is a commonly used object. Here are some truly unique ones.
rhino, walrus, octopus
books and CDs
Creative Thinking Prompt: Design a chair that represents you. Use your imagination to create a chair that doesn’t resemble a traditional chair. Make it as original as you. What are some different types of chairs (rocking chair, throne, etc.)? What materials would you use and why? What is the purpose of your chair? What colors will you use? How will you decorate/embellish your chair? How will you use your chair? How many legs will your chair have? Will your chair have a back? What will the back look like? How will the seat of your chair be designed? Sketch your chair design.
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“Icing On The Cake”
Icing or frosting makes a cake taste better than it would without the frosting. But what does it mean when you say “That’s icing on the cake”? This expression is an idiom. As an idiom it means something extra good is added to something that is already good.
Idioms are expressions that aren’t understood from the literal meanings of the separate words. Instead when those words are grouped together have a separate meaning of their own. For example: raining cats and dogs doesn’t mean cats and dogs are falling from rainclouds, it means it is raining heavily. Break a leg doesn’t mean break a leg, it means good luck.
Creative Thinking Prompt: Invent Your Own Idioms
Write alternate meanings for these common idioms.
Joined at the hip
Take breath away
Drop like flies
Knock on wood
Write a new meaning for these made-up idioms.
The Icing on the Doughnut
The Syrup on the Pancake
The Ice on Icicle
Now think up your own idioms and their meanings.
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