Creative Thinking Prompt: Surrealism
Surrealism art is an art form that reunites the world of dream and fantasy with everyday reality, a mix of conscious and unconscious realms.
Artist Rene Magritte’s surrealism artwork challenges others, in an unexpected manner, to view his art not as it appears to be, but as it appears not. For Magritte, what is concealed is more important than what is open to view.
This art by Rene Magritte looks like a pipe but its translation is “This is not a pipe.”
Creative Thinking Prompt: If this is not a pipe, what else can it be?
Brainstorm alternate uses for this item. Develop a new name for this “pipe”.
“How Can You Dance?”
This picture book is a celebration of creative movement. Readers will have fun dancing these new steps.
Imagine how you can dance with spring in your shoes, you can’t move your knees or you’re mad as a bee.
This book promotes creative expression and making connections.
TITLE: How Can You Dance?
AUTHOR: Rick Walton
ILLUSTRATOR: Ana López Escrivá
PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2001
AGE GROUP: 4-6
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative expression and making connections
1) Make a list of feelings. How might you dance to sadness or happiness or scared?
2) Substitute movement for your name. For example, my name Ann is shown by jumping up and clapping my hands above my head.
3) Tell a short story using only movement (no words). You can use a story you already know or make one up.
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Adam Hillman, SpaghettiOOOOOOOOO, 2016
Creative Thinking Prompt: Knolling
Knolling is defined as arranging objects at 90 degree angles from each other and then photographing them. American sculptor Tom Sachs uses knolling as an integral part to his process. He describes the process of knolling in his 2009 studio manual, 10 Bullets.
- Scan your environment for materials, tools, books, music, etc. which are not in use.
- Put away everything not in use. If you aren’t sure, leave it out.
- Group all ‘like’ objects.
- Align or square all objects to either the surface they rest on, or the studio itself.
Object Arranger Artist Adam Hillman creates his artwork using knolling. By carefully arranging items, he makes colorful compositions and then photographs them.
Images ©Adam Hillman
Think Deeper: Try your hand at knolling. Collect objects from around your home that share a common trait and arrange them using 90 degree angles.
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