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?