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:
Creative Thinking Prompt: Flower Portrait Art
Do as artist Vicki of the Sister Golden Company does, create portraits with nature. Take a walk, collecting nature items such as twigs, petals, acorns, seeds, sand, flowers, leaves, etc. Ask permission before taking and/or cutting flowers. Sketch out your portrait idea. Use a flat surface such as a sidewalk to create your art. When you are done, take a picture and then allow nature to take your art wherever the wind may blow.
To view more flower portrait and nature art, visit:
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.
Think Deeper: What else can your pool be used for besides swimming?
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: 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:
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
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.
To learn more about China’s sugar art, visit:
Kids can paint with sugar, too.
“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
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.
To learn more about author/illustrator Lita Judge, visit:
Creative Thinking Prompt: Chalk Art Sparks Storytelling
Photo via http://www.boredpanda.com/sluggo-chalk-drawings-street-art-david-zinn/
When I came across a post about Chalk Artist David Zinn, my imagination sparked. I couldn’t help but wonder what these characters’ stories were. Incorporating the surrounding environment to create his characters, Zinn pulls audiences into other realms, daring fans to imagine – where did this come from? what are they doing? why are they here? where are they going?
Creative Thinking Prompt: Chalk Art Sparks Storytelling
Visit David Zinn’s gallery http://zinnart.com/2015/11/far-flung-and-underfoot-traveling-street-art-2015/ or http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/09/david-zinn/.
After viewing Zinn’s chalk art, be inspired to write a story. Remember to have a beginning, middle and ending. Title your story.
“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
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?
To learn more about author/illustrator Ben Clanton, visit: