Category Archives: Imagination

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a New Basket Design

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a New Basket Design

Catriona Pollard – “Sowing New Seeds” www.TheArtofWeaving.com.au

Creative thinkers sometimes take what someone else has done and think about ways it can be improved. Australian fiber artist, Catriona Pollard takes natural weaving materials to create art. Her baskets connect people to nature. When working with foraged and discarded plant material, she “listens” to the material, weaving and shaping it into what it wants to be to create her unique organic sculptures.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a New Basket Design

First, think about the purpose of a basket. Is used to hold things, to carry things, or to be home to an animal? Brainstorm other ways a basket can be used. Will it hang from a wall? Will someone use it? From your list, pick one purpose.

Second, make a list of different materials that can a basket can be made from. Choose one material to use when creating your basket.

Third, think about how you can make your basket unique. Remember it needs to achieve its purpose.

Fourth, sketch out your design.

Fifth, gather materials you will need and begin to create your basket. Don’t worry if your design does not work at first. Sometimes it takes several tries and revision before it works. Your design may take on a different approach than what you originally thought and that is okay.

Sixth, elaborate on your basket design. What embellishments or decorations would you like to add (or not add)? What can be added or taken away to improve your basket’s function?

Seventh, proudly use and display your basket.

You can also use this creative thinking technique called Scamper to help you design your basket.

S = Substitute:  Remove some part and replace it with something else.

C = Combination:  Join or force together two or more elements of your subject to develop a solution.

A = Adapt:  Change some part so that it works where before it didn’t work.

M = Magnify or modify:  Consider the attributes of the subject and change them. Attributes include: size, shape, other dimensions, texture, color, position, etc.

P = Put to other uses:  Think about your subject – why it exists, what it is used for, what it’s supposed to do. Then think up new and unusual purposes.           

E = Eliminate:  Remove any or all elements of the subject to find another solution.

R = Rearrange or reverse:  Look at the subject from different perspectives. Turn it upside-down, inside-out. Make it go backwards, against the direction it was intended to go or be used. Similar to Reverse, modify the order of operations or any other hierarchy involved.

EXTENDED CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about Catriona Pollard and her creative process, visit: http://www.catrionapollard.com/art/  and watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZHySibDdoA

To practice your weaving skills, create an easy paper basket: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX2Tw40K5DY

Stardines

Stardines: Swim High Across The Sky And Other Poems”

PoetJack Prelutsky combines his love of words and his creativity to produce a new collection of never before seen specimens. Come meet the Bluffaloes, the Swapitis, the Fountain Lions, the Slobsters and twelve other new creatures.

“The Stardines”

“The Plandas”

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

TITLE: Stardines: Swim High Across The Sky And Other Poems

AUTHOR: Jack Prelutsky

ILLUSTRATOR: Carin Berger

PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2012

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, combination, originality, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Open a dictionary to a random page. Close your eyes and place your finger somewhere on the page. Write down the word and its definition closest to your finger. Repeat this process. Re-read the definitions of your two words. What images come to mind? How might you pair these together? Invent a new species from combining your two words. Give your species a name. Write a poem describing your creature.

2) Create a class book of these new species. OR Have students develop their species into 3D specimens that can be displayed as a classroom exhibit.

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Jack Prelutsky, visit:

http://jackprelutsky.com

To learn more about illustrator Carin Berger, visit:

http://www.carinberger.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Rainbow

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Rainbow

Spring is here! As the old saying goes April showers bring May flowers. And with those showers come rainbows.

Water droplets act as a prism through which the sun’s ray travels. Each ray of contains the colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. A ray travels in a straight line. When the ray hits the water drop, the light waves refract, separating and bending into different color wavelengths to display a rainbow.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Rainbow

First, think about what can cause light to bend. Make a list. Here are a few to get you started.

  • Spilled oil
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Diamond ring

Second, think about what materials you could use to experiment with to create a rainbow.

Third, gather materials and try creating that rainbow.

Fourth, what steps are needed for your experiment?

Fifth, conduct your experiment.

Sixth, which materials were more successful at creating a rainbow? Which materials were not successful? Why do you think those materials were and were not successful?

Seventh, if you were to do this experiment again what might you do differently?

Think Deeper:

Use your imagination to create a rainbow from other unusual materials such as this fudge recipe.

Rainbow Fudge Recipe: https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/rainbow-fudge/a06a2a11-1b56-4861-a9f0-546f4730ddd2

Make a list of all the wonders you have about a rainbow. For example, I wonder if rainbows can form a circle.  Go to the library or ask a science teacher to find out answers to your wonder questions.

Extending Connections:

To learn more about rainbow formation and light refraction, visit: http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/refrn/Lesson-4/Rainbow-Formation