Category Archives: Creative Expression

Creative Thinking Prompt: Surrealism

Creative Thinking Prompt: Surrealism

 Rene Magritte

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”.

How Can You Dance?

How Can You Dance?”

This picture book is a celebration of creative movement. Readers will have fun dancing these new steps.

Imagine how you can dance with spring in your shoes, you can’t move your knees or you’re mad as a bee.

This book promotes creative expression and making connections.

TITLE: How Can You Dance?

AUTHOR: Rick Walton

ILLUSTRATOR: Ana López Escrivá

PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2001

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative expression and making connections

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a list of feelings. How might you dance to sadness or happiness or scared?

2) Substitute movement for your name. For example, my name Ann is shown by jumping up and clapping my hands above my head.

3) Tell a short story using only movement (no words). You can use a story you already know or make one up. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Rick Walton, visit:

https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Children%27s_Authors/Rick_Walton

To learn more about illustrator Ana López Escrivá, visit:

https://www.jacketflap.com/ana-lopez-escriva/6807

Creative Thinking Prompt: Knolling

Adam Hillman, SpaghettiOOOOOOOOO, 2016

Creative Thinking Prompt: Knolling

Knolling is defined as arranging objects at 90 degree angles from each other and then photographing them. American sculptor Tom Sachs uses knolling as an integral part to his process. He describes the process of knolling in his 2009 studio manual, 10 Bullets.

  1. Scan your environment for materials, tools, books, music, etc. which are not in use.
  2. Put away everything not in use. If you aren’t sure, leave it out.
  3. Group all ‘like’ objects.
  4. Align or square all objects to either the surface they rest on, or the studio itself.

Object Arranger Artist Adam Hillman creates his artwork using knolling. By carefully arranging items, he makes colorful compositions and then photographs them.

        

Images ©Adam Hillman

Think Deeper: Try your hand at knolling. Collect objects from around your home that share a common trait and arrange them using 90 degree angles.

EXTENDED CONNECTIONS:

To view more of Adam’s artwork, visit:

http://www.ufunk.net/en/photos/adam-hillman-instagram/

http://adamhillman.tumblr.com

https://www.instagram.com/witenry/?hl=en

To learn more about knolling and view artwork, visit:

https://creativemarket.com/blog/what-is-knolling-the-overhead-photography-trend-explained

Woolbur

Woolbur”

Woolbur doesn’t think or behave like the rest of the flock. He does things his way.

“I carded my own wool,” said Woolbur. “No more tangles.” 

“It’s unheard of!” said Maa.  “I know,” said Woolbur. “Isn’t great?”

His parents don’t understand him. “You must follow the flock, dear. It’s what sheep do.”

Instead Woolbur teaches the other sheep a different way of doing things.

This book promotes humor, creative thinking, taking risks and originality.

TITLE: Woolbur

AUTHOR: Leslie Helakoski

ILLUSTRATOR: Lee Harper

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Publisher, 2008

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, creative thinking, taking risks and originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Design a wacky hairstyle for yourself and wear it to school.

2) Pick something that you feel you do well at and teach it to someone else.

3) Invent a game using cottonballs.

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Leslie Helakoski, visit:

https://www.helakoskibooks.com

To learn more about illustrator Lee Harper, visit:

http://www.leeharperart.com/leeharperart/Welcome.html

Creative Thinking Prompt: DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion®

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:

https://www.diavolo.org

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc2hrLbvXMg

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design Your Pool

 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.

http://njcustomswimmingpools.com/projects/bedford-ny-glass-tile-design/

http://www.maleeqdecor.com

http://www.archiexpo.com/prod/hartwigsen/product-9996-324172.html

Think Deeper: What else can your pool be used for besides swimming?

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Chair That’s You

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.

To view some more interesting chairs, visit:

http://www.digsdigs.com/50-awesome-creative-chair-designs/

https://www.designswan.com/archives/10-ultra-cool-chairs-design.html

Mix It Up!

Mix It Up!”

Mix It Up! is interactive storytelling at its best. Shake the book! Tilt the book!

What happens to the colors of paint?

Tap the paint! Smear the paint! What happens?

Make colors lighter, add white. Make colors darker, add black. Hervé Tullet encourages readers to explore, take risks and express their creativity.

This book promotes creativity, imagination, and discovery.

TITLE: Mix It Up!

AUTHOR: Hervé Tullet

ILLUSTRATOR: Hervé Tullet

PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books, 2014, 1st published in U.S.A.

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take one paint color and mix with another color. Take two paint colors and mix with another color. Take three paint colors and mix with another color. Then fingerpaint with the colors you’ve made.

2) Use unusual materials to make paint such as jello, food coloring, etc.

3) Add sprinkles of salt to paint. Paint with it. What happens to the salted paint when it dries?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Hervé Tullet, visit:

http://www.herve-tullet.com/en/boite-20/Biography.html

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/68593-author-illustrator-herv-tullet-moves-to-the-u-s.html

Creative Thinking Prompt: Installation Artist Chiharu Shiota

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

https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/a-cloud-of-keys-and-memories-hangs-over-venice

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?

EXTENDED CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about Chiharu Shiota and her work, visit:

http://www.chiharu-shiota.com/en/

Infinity Lines  2017 at Savannah College of Art and Design

https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/chiharu-shiota-spiderweb-red-thread-memories

Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog

“Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog

In the picture book, Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog, Mr. Putney has all sorts of unusual friends. Readers guess the animals’ names based on clues in the pictures and text.

Turn the page to discover Mr. Putney’s animal friend.

Turn the page to discover Mr. Putney’s animal friend.

This book promotes creativity, inventiveness and imagination.

TITLE: Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog

AUTHOR: Jon Agee

ILLUSTRATOR: Jon Agee

PUBLISHER: Michael Di Capua Books, Scholastic, 2010

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, inventiveness, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent your own animal riddles like author Jon Agee.

Other animal riddles from the story are

pastry + turtle = tartle and chicken pox + hippo = hippospotamus.

2) Write riddle poetry. Visit:

http://www.poetry4kids.com/news/writing-riddles/

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Jon Agee, visit:

http://www.jonagee.com