Creative Thinking Prompt: Scientific Artist Paul Friedlander
Pairing his two university degrees, one in physics and one in fine arts, Paul Friedlander, a kinetic light artist, creates sculptures from bands of light waves. He explores visible waves that have expressive power, a music of light as he calls it.
Listen to Paul speak about his process in this short Youtube video:
Creative Thinking Prompt: How might you create a light sculpture using flashlights or other materials of your choice?
To learn more about Paul Friedlander and view his gallery, visit:
To view more of his light sculptures, visit:
Creative Thinking Prompt: DIY Book Covers
To make these cool book covers, visit Suzy Myer’s blog at http://suzyssitcom.com/2015/08/more-book-cover-patterns-for-school.html
Creative Thinking Prompt: Design and create book covers that represent you or the subject matter of the book in an abstract manner.
- Brainstorm a list of materials that can be used to cover a book. Here are some ideas to get your list started: legos, puzzle pieces
- Make a list of different things, colors, animals, etc. that you feel a connection to.
- From this list, sketch out different designs on paper before deciding on one.
- Once you’ve decided on a design, experiment with different materials from your list to build your design.
Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Frozen City or Ice Sculpture
For the past 33 years, Harbin, the capital of China’s Heilongjiang province, hosts the annual Harbin International Ice Snow Sculpture Festival, now the largest ice and snow festival in the world. With subzero temperatures, exhibits of ice sculptures created mostly from ice blocks cut from the Songhua River are displayed across multiple locations. One 2018 exhibit stood almost as tall as Paris’ L’Arc de Triomphe. Multi-colored lights give color to ice while deionized water is used to give ice perfect clarity.
Creative Thinking Prompt: Design a Frozen City or Sculpture
- Think about ways on how to make ice cubes stick together.
- Design your city layout or your sculpture.
- Gather Materials:
- Ice cubes (different sizes and shapes)
- Food coloring – to create different colored ice cubes
- Jello – use gelatin to create different colored cubes instead of food coloring and/or use jello as building material
- Cookie sheet to build your city or sculpture upon
- Multi-colored lights to light up your work
- Any other materials that will make your creation unique
*Note: When ice begins to melt, you may need to refreeze. Once solid again, begin working on your creation.
Think Deeper: Experiment with crushed fruit ice cubes to make an edible ice sculpture.
For a how-to on making colored ice cubes, visit: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Colored-Ice