Inspiration Games

Sometimes it’s hard to know where our inspiration comes from. We see, hear and react to things all the time, non-stop. It’s a blur!

I thought it would be fun to turn getting inspiration into a series of games (spinners, dice & cards!) This way my students can follow their thoughts and track the origins of their future ideas.

Sometimes, inspiration is generated within the artist from seemingly random elements and personal forces. The artist jumps off of these elements and away they go! My students participated in a series of “games” that were designed to provide them with words that would spur their thinking, allowing them to create a functional or sculptural piece using the words they received. Below are some pieces my 9-12the grade students created. It proved to be a challenging exercise because they couldn’t just google “fork, conical, holes, pride” or scour pinterest to get an idea, they had to use what they received and they were all on their own!

The inspiration games they used to get to their finished pieces are below the work, if you want to play along. You’ll have to supply your own die and cards!  :-)

1. Spin the wheel and write down the object that you land on!

2. Spin this wheel and write down the emotion that you land on!

3. We rolled Dice and wrote down the form associated with the number.         (1. Angular,  2.Conical, 3. Spherical, 4. Cylindrical, 5. Square, 6. Rectangular )

4. We picked a Card and wrote down the directive that was on the card (Inside Out, Up Side Down, elongate, holes, open, closed, melting, exaggerate, stretch)

About Karen

Karen Kiick began her teaching career in 1990 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Since 1996, she has taught at Haddon Township High School in Westmont, New Jersey. She is her District's K-12 Visual and Performing Arts Facilitator and currently teaches 9th through 12th grades. Karen is a five-time recipient (2005, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017) of the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education. She is also the 2017 National Secondary Art Teacher of the Year and the 2015 NJ Art Educator of the Year.
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