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: 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: 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
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?
To learn more about Chiharu Shiota and her work, visit:
Infinity Lines 2017 at Savannah College of Art and Design
Written and illustrated by daughter and father team, Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley, Spare Parts is a fun rhyming story with lots of heart.
Meet Rhoobart, tarnished and tattered. His secondhand heart wouldn’t start. So Rhoobart goes to the Spare Parts Mart to find another heart.
Meet Sweetart, an energetic bit of metal. “You don’t need a new heart. You just need a jump start!”
This book promotes originality, uniqueness and combinology.
TITLE: Spare Parts
AUTHOR: Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley
ILLUSTRATOR: Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley
PUBLISHER: A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2015
AGE GROUP: 5-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, uniqueness, combinology
1) Using things you find around your house (and with your parent or guardian’s permission) assemble a unique character. What does your character like, dislike, dream about, and want? What’s your character’s name?
2) Think of an inanimate object. If it were to have a heart, where would the heart be located? Pick a missing part for your inanimate object. What could be used instead?
To learn more about authors/illustrators Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley, visit:
Photo: Nicole Dextras
Creative Thinking Prompt: Environmental Fashion Art
Creative thinkers think in a different way. They see the world in a different way. They use materials in ways that they aren’t intended. An environmental artist uses natural items to create works of art. What if you were an environmental artist, how might you use natural materials such as leaves and flowers to create fashion? Design an article of clothing for yourself, a doll, a fairy or gnome using botanical materials.
To learn and see more of Nicole Dextras’s botanical wearables and her Weedrobes, visit:
Think Deeper: How do you express your individuality through fashion?