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Creative Thinking Prompt: Pushing Creative Bounds

Creative Thinking Prompt: Pushing Creative Bounds

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©Christoph Niemann

Creative Christop Niemann pushes himself to become a better illustrator by stepping outside of his comfort zone. He picks a single object and looks at it, trying to envision how this object can become part of a larger image.

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/31/499807738/how-does-christoph-niemann-make-art-look-effortless-with-a-lot-of-work

His book Sunday Sketching is a result of his internal drive to be creative.

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To learn more about Christoph Niemann and his work, visit: http://www.christophniemann.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create your own work of art, using a singular object and incorporating it into an image.

Here’s my work – Crocodile Key.

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Think Deeper: Create a series of these artworks and use them to create a story.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Visual Puns

11-4-16 Creative Thinking Prompt: Visual Puns

A visual pun is a play on words using images.

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“Laughing Gas” from Punny Pixels http://digitalsynopsis.com/design/punny-pixels-illustrated-puns-visual-wordplay/

A pun:

  • uses a word that has a double meaning or different associations
  • can communicate a message without using written words
  • figurative language – uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation
  • combines two or more symbols to form a new meaning

Visual puns are fun and a clever way to use your creativity.

Can you guess what this is?

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If not here’s its realistic counterpart.

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Creative Thinking Prompt: Create your own visual puns. Here’s a list to get you started:  ipod, butterfly, bookworm, fruit fly, running shoes, house fly.

Think Deeper: Invent a visual pun joke.

Here’s my visual pun joke.

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What did the eggs do when they saw the frying pan?

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They scrambled away.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Hidden on the Inside

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Creative Thinking Prompt: Hidden on the Inside

This post started with “I wonder… how marshmallows have an outer crust to protect the gooey inside when the outer and inner parts of the marshmallow are made of similar ingredients.”

Then I asked another question – what is similar to a marshmallow with the soft gooey inside and a harder outside shell. Then my mind made another connection, which led to today’s creative thinking prompt.

What else hides something inside?

Think nature. Use your imagination. Look around you. Add 30 more ideas to the list below.

  • shells protect nuts
  • skin protects muscles and organs
  • egg shells
  • protective outer shell contains that contain a hidden
  • a chest filled with treasure
  • beans pods with beans inside
  • milkweed pods
  • a house

Think Deeper: Make your own marshmallows. What flavor would you create?

Here are two different recipes.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/homemade-marshmallows-recipe.html

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-fluffy-vanilla-marshmallows-130751