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Creative Thinking Prompt: Pushing Creative Bounds

Creative Thinking Prompt: Pushing Creative Bounds


©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.


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


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.


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

Creative Thinking Prompt: Metamorphosis Art

Metamorphosis Art


Metamorphosis art consists of sequential drawings, photos, etc. depicting the evolution of one object into another representational.


Creative Thinking Prompt:  Try your hand at creating metamorphosis art. Choice an object or animal that you’d like to morph. Your choice could be an animal that transforms into an object or an object transforming into an animal. Think about what changes your object would go through as it evolves into its final stage of transformation. As you sketch the transformational stages of your object, your final stage may turn into something other than you had originally planned. That is okay because the art process is fluid.

Think Deeper:  Find images of metamorphosis art. What message is the artist conveying through his/her transmutation choices? What connections can be made between the final stage of the transformation and the first stage of the transformation? What other final transformations could you image the original object being?

To view the hand to rabbit metamorphosis art, visit http://fav.me/drnl0a

To view the fish to eye metamorphosis art, visit http://tnhsart.blogspot.com/2013/12/metamorphosis.html

“Beautiful Oops!”

“Beautiful Oops!”


Beautiful Oops!

Beautiful Oops! is a timeless lesson about turning mistakes into beautiful works of art.


“Mistakes” are all in how you look at them.

I truly appreciate author Barney Saltzberg bringing this lesson to children as well as to the adults who read this book. We all need to understand and give ourselves permission to make mistakes, which are really not mistakes at all but opportunities to learn. Giving one’s self permission to make mistakes and to take risks are two of the many traits of a creative person.

TITLE: Beautiful Oops!

AUTHOR: Barney Saltzberg

ILLUSTRATOR: Barney Saltzberg

PUBLISHER: Workman Publishing, 2010


CREATIVE COMPONENTS:  imagination, creative expression, risk-taking, permission to be creative, new perspectives


1) As an artist Leonardo da Vinci saw images in nature and everyday objects such as cracks in a wall or clouds that he’d sketch. Choose a spot on a wall or cracks in the sidewalk. Stare at that spot until an image develops in your mind. Sketch your image. Now look at that same spot on the wall or the sidewalk. Do you see your sketched image or an entirely different image?

2) Create a paint blot. Place a large blob of paint in the middle of a blank sheet of paper. Fold the paper in half. Gently, smush the paint by pressing down with the palm of your hand. Unfold the paper. What does the paint blot look like? Ask those around you what it looks like to them. How many different answers did you get? Now try this. Fold a paper in half. Unfold the paper. Along the folded line, place small dots of paint. Refold the paper. Unfold. What do you see? What else can it be? Once the paint has dried develop this paint blot into one of the images you imagined it could be.


To learn more about author/illustrator Barney Saltzberg,

visit: http://www.barneysaltzberg.com