Your daily creative prompts for the week are here. This week we are celebrating the beginning of July with some flower art, international joke day on the 1st July, and photographer André Kertész’s birthday on the 2nd July. We are also exploring Dada poems and using an idea from the book, Wonder, to make self portraits.
1. Write a Dada poem – Dada poems are such fun to do, and are a great way to introduce or develop poetry writing for kids of any age. Dadaism was all about challenging conventions and doing things differently.
To write a Dada poem, you need a pot of words. Simply write a list of words – a mixture of nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctives and prepositions, etc. is best. Then cut each word out, and place them in a jar, bowl or box. Then, either individually or in small groups, pick out one word at a time to make your poem. The poems are likely not to make much sense, but this is all part of the fun!
You can also cut words out of an old book (!), newspaper or magazine – this gives a really cool aesthetic when the new sentences are stuck together too!
2. Make a portrait of yourself as an animal – if you follow our Facebook group chats, you will know that we have been reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio this week, and that is where I got this idea from. In the book the 5th grade class are asked to paint themselves as an animal for their art exhibition. So can you have a go? What animal could you see yourself as? How can you make this? It doesn’t have to be painted, try collage, sketches, or printing instead.
3. Write a joke, (or a funny poem) – The 1st July is International Joke day, so to celebrate let’s see what silly jokes we can come up with. Can you write them on little note cards or bits of paper (like you get in a Christmas crackers), maybe you could write your own joke book! If you can’t come up with any jokes, perhaps try writing a funny poem instead – Limericks are a good way to do this.
4. Explore black and white photography – The 2nd July marks the birthday of photographer André Kertész. He was known for his black and white photography in the 20th century, where he explored surrealism, street photography and composition. If you want to, learn more about Kertész and his work, you can do so here.
Otherwise, take a simple prompt of exploring what its like to take black and white photographs. Use your smart phone and set it to the black and white filter, now go for a walk around your home, garden or neighbourhood and take some pictures. Think about how things look different in monotone – what becomes more interesting, what becomes less without colour? You could print the pictures off an write your thoughts down with them in a journal, or simply just enjoy taking the pictures. Do share them on our Facebook group.
5. Make a 3D flower – Its July, yay! My favourite month of the year. Let’s celebrate by making a 3D flower. You could do this with paper mâché, clay, play dough, junk modelling, origami, wire, tissue paper, cardboard or any other way you can think of. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Have a great week! Feel free to let us know what creative pursuits you have been exploring, and share any progress, processs or results with us. If you need any help, support or feedback we are always on hand to help!