Well...I do not like to get out clay in the first few days. I still need to talk about rules and wait until schedules settle- So I usually do drawing activities-creativity stuff, get to know you stuff.
1. Surrealist "Exquisite corpse" drawings- based on the free association game the Surrealist used.
Done in groups of four. each student gets a sheet of unlined paper-longer than copy is good but copy will do. Fold it in half, and then fold the half down in half again (four rectangles should be made). Have the students brainstorm a theme-something broad like underwater, or grocery store, pirate's life..etc Students may draw anything they like in the time allotted (5 mins or less) on the theme. They are to fill the top "rectangle" with 3-5 lines that extend into the second box. Call time have them fold back the box they drew in so no one can see. -Pass drawings left. The next 5 minutes student draw on the new paper they have received and they must start with the lines from the previous drawing and stay on the theme without looking at the first persons drawing. they must make sure to extend 3-5 lines to the 3rd rectangle. Keep drawing, folding and switching until the boxes are filled. Pin them up and take a look
I know that was a little confusing..but it is easy to do in class!
The written version of Exquisite Corpse: is done with a sentence written with the LAST word on the next line of the paper. Fold the top over, so only that one word is showing. Pass it left. Write a new sentence starting with the one word. Put the last word on the next line. Fold again. REPEAT then share.
Just a warning- I am the one who reads them aloud in case some smart hormone filled teen wrote something off colour.
2. Synectics - the combining of 2 or more unrelated elements- exercises are used to encourage creativity. (I used to do these weekly) LOVE THEM!
List 3 unrelated things and ask them to draw (using the whole page) what it would look like if the 3 were merged into one new thing. (I describe it as : draw what it would look like if the 3 things had a baby...some characteristics of each) example: skyscraper, teapot, ring tailed lemur Pin up drawings and talk about anything they see that is really "creative" or out of the box.
3. Another type of synectic is the "what if" statement drawings.
Write the following on the board: Draw: What if ________________________were _____________________________. As a class create two topics...one for each list. Ex: body parts, fruit, types of pottery, sea creatures Make a list of 5 things for each list..put on the board. Ex: body parts- toes, ears, hair, tails, knees ; pottery-teapots, mugs, platters, bowls, goblets
Have the student choose one thing from each list to make their own sentence and write it on their papeex: Have them DRAW what their sentence would look like...share and discuss Ex: What if toes were teapots. Imagine the drawings
MY FAVE ICE BREAKER: not an art thing but helpful to get to know the class
A beach ball full of questions (you can google this ice breaker for question lists)
I put them in table groups (4-5) and toss the ball. The person who catches reads the question their left thumb landed on to the class. Each student answers the question to their GROUP. STUDENTS ARE INSTRUCTED TO LISTEN TO EACH OTHER! ( a skill they need help with) I call time- and have one person in each group, chosen by me report out the names and answers for ecah student..or the most unique answer etc. This process gets them used to accountability in groups and the questions are fun! EX: What is the weirdest thing you have eaten, what three things could you not live without.
Ok, that's enough for now:)
but more is coming!