Category Archives: Creative Expression

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

Creative Thinking Prompt: Sugar Painting

Creative Thinking Prompt: Sugar Painting

A Chinese traditional folk art, sugar painting is a skilled art form that is fading away in today’s society. To be trained in this art form, sugar painters often first train as a traditional painter. Using a marble slab as a canvas, melted caramelized sugar, a ladle type spoon, and a metal spatula as their tools, sugar artists create phoenix, dragons, and koi fish. Once created, the art is attached to a wooden stick to eat.

Watch this three minute video to view a sugar koi fish being made.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl5jwE_F5Ms

 To learn more about China’s sugar art, visit:

http://www.tour-beijing.com/china_travel_guide/culture/handicrafts/sugar_painting/

 Kids can paint with sugar, too.

http://kidscraftroom.com/winter-sugar-painting-kids/

 

 

Creative Thinking Prompt: I Wonder Notebook

Creative Thinking Prompt: I Wonder Notebook

Do you ever wonder? I certainly do. Poet Pablo Neruda writes about unanswerable wonders in his book, THE BOOK OF QUESTIONS (written for adults).

“From where does the thundercloud come with its black sacks of tears?

How many questions does a cat have?

Does smoke talk with the clouds?

Why do trees conceal the splendor of their roots?”

This book inspired me to create a notebook (I’m a big fan of notebooks) and title it, My Wonders.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Make A Wonder Notebook

Brainstorm a list of 100 questions that you wonder about. These questions can be answerable or unanswerable.

Decorate and personalize your notebook. To begin your notebook, brainstorm 100 questions of things you wonder about. Write these questions in your notebook. You can include sketches if you want.

Think Deeper: Look at the above wonders of Pablo Neruda and use your imagination to invent answers.

To learn more about Pablo Neruda, visit:

https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1971/neruda-bio.html

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/pablo-neruda

Picture book author Monica Brown wrote PABLO NERUDA: POET OF THE PEOPLE

DIZZY

Dizzy

Dizzy, a picture book biography, “is the story of one real cool cat who must have been born with a horn in his hands…” Dizzy Gillespie, born poor and often beat up by other kids, re-channeled his anger into playing the trumpet given to him by his music teacher. As he grew older, Dizzy refused to follow the rules of music. He clowned around, added notes to songs, played never-been-heard notes, and always puffed out his cheeks when playing his trumpet. Dizzy had created a new kind of music – BEBOP.

This story is written like a jazz song with LOUD and s t a c c a t o beats, short lines, long lines and more, so the reader can feel the rhythm as seen in the illustration below.

This book promotes individuality, inventor, creative person, risk-taker, unique, and following one’s heart.

TITLE: Dizzy

AUTHOR: Jonah Winter

ILLUSTRATOR: Sean Qualls

PUBLISHER: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2006

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: individuality, inventor, creative person, risk-taker, unique, following one’s heart

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What are you passionate about? Do you feel like you can’t live without it? If you couldn’t pursue your passion, what would you do instead?

2) How do you express yourself creatively?

3) Whether or not you play instrument, what instrument do you like the sound of the most? What instrument do you like the structure and shape of the most?

4)

Notice how the illustrator uses color and thick brush strokes to convey the energy and tone of Dizzy’s music. Paint how you feel when you are doing something you love and then paint how you feel when you are doing something you don’t like.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Jonah Winter, visit:

http://www.jonahwinter.com

To learn more about illustrator Sean Qualls, visit:

http://seanqualls.com

Hoot and Peep

“Hoot and Peep

Peep likes to peep about the mystery of things in her owly way. Hoot imparts his older brotherly wisdom. Owls only say “Hooo.”

When Peep leaves, Hoot misses her. He hears her songs on the wind and realizes his mistake.

Hoot and Peep learn to sing together in their own owly way.

This book promotes risk-taking, creative expression, and self-confidence.

TITLE: Hoot and Peep

AUTHOR: Lita Judge

ILLUSTRATOR: Lita Judge

PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: risk-taking, creative expression, self-confidence

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Write a rap song about YOU!

Watch 5 year old Jordan who will show you how to rap in 30 seconds.

2) What onomatopoeia words describe you? (Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates the natural sound of a thing. Examples: screech, cuckoo) Make a list of 15-20 words.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Lita Judge, visit:

http://www.litajudge.net

What Pete Ate A – Z

What Pete Ate A – Z”

WHAT PETE ATE A – Z is not your typical alphabet book! This ABC story follows Pete the Dog as he devours a myriad of things, which he shouldn’t eat such as an accordion, a camera, a pocketbook, and everything to make an egg sandwich. Doesn’t Pete know the difference between edible and inedible?

The letter “G.”

Here’s Pete! What a dog!

This book promotes humor, creativity, imagination, and originality.

TITLE: What Pete Ate A – Z

AUTHOR: Maira Kalman

ILLUSTRATOR: Maira Kalman

PUBLISHER: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2001

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, creativity, originality, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick a letter from the alphabet. Brainstorm a list of inedible items that Pete the Dog could eat. Now write a tongue twister about Pete eating some of those items.

2) What happens to Pete at the end of the book after he’s eaten all those inedible things? Write an ending to Pete’s alphabet eating journey.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Maira Kalman, visit:

http://www.mairakalman.com/books/children/

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea!

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea!”

Filled with humor and friendship, Ben Clanton’s graphic novel, Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, geared toward elementary school readers features three stories with “intermissions.” In the first story, Narwhal and Jelly think each is imaginary. When they find they both love waffles, they become best friends. In the second story, Narwhal searches for his pod family. When he doesn’t find them, he makes his own, asking ocean friends to become honorary tusk-wearing members. But Jelly feels left out. In the third story, Narwhal shares his favorite imagination book with Jelly except the pages are blank.

This book promotes creativity, nature, humor, and originality.

TITLE: Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea!

AUTHOR: Ben Clanton

ILLUSTRATOR: Ben Clanton

PUBLISHER: Tundra Books, 2016

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, humor, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Create two best friend cartoon characters. Sketch them and give them names. Write a story about them using their imaginations.

2) Writers use word play – a play on words to enhance their writing and deepen their characters. Ben Clanton used “Tentacular!” as dialogue for his octopus character and “Podtastic!” to describe Narwhal and his group of friends. Use word play in your writing to: What might your best friend cartoon characters say? What behavior might they exhibit?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Ben Clanton, visit:

http://www.benclanton.com