Check out the 3 Let's Create Projects Posted below for the Refinement / Prototyping Phase and feel free to participate yourself or send the links to anyone you know who might be interested.
Here's a start - some Tangram Sandwich Projects coming in... Feel free to email yours to the link in the instructions below. And please leave comments on the Pinterest postings to offer encouragement and support to the creators of these Projects!
Let's Create! (Online Creative Confidence-building Experiences for Adults) are small online classes / communities of parents / adults who recognize the importance of modeling creative confidence for (their) children.It’s an easy first step to take with others who are all starting from the exact same point of creative insecurity.
Parents (or any adult who wants to participate) choose from a menu of creative endeavors: for example, drawing, comics, dance, poetry, welding, collaging, creative writing, singing, etc. to enroll in a Let's Create! community. Each Let's Create! community is limited to ~20 participants. Every member of that community then watches an inspiring video that describes a creative project* and guides the participants with specific do’s and don’ts to get them past their hesitancies. Each project has a due date by which time the participant scans and uploads their project to the Let's Create! site. Everyone’s work is anonymous and is visible only to others within that community. The facilitator and participants then provide positive feedback to each other’s work ... every member is encouraged to comment on everyone else’s work. The Let's Create community then continues with other projects.
* the creative projects are designed to help adults get past their inhibitions. For example: a drawing project might be to use line, color, shapes to convey an emotion as opposed to a representational drawing (we could use some help here… see below).
This concept was inspired by themes that emerged from discussions at both the Pratt and NYU Poly OpenIDEO meetings / OpenStorms held over the last week.
Refinement / Prototyping UPDATE: We have spoken with a range of art teachers and other who have expertise in the 'creative engagement arena.' I also got together with Rachael Barrett and Bettina Fliegel (OpenIDEO NYC members) to brainstorm ideas for prototyping Let's Create. Between all these interaction we came up with a series of projects. Rachael has agreed to prototype and idea she contributed, a community-created poem. We will post that Let's Create Community Poem Project #4 when it is completed at the end of this Refinement Phase. We will post instructions / worksheets for the other projects below, over the next few days. Please feel free to participate - or to forward one or more of the projects below to people you know (preferably parents / adults who interact with kids). Here is the list of the projects we are prototyping. Details / Instructions for all (similar to the one for Project 1 posted below) will be posted soon. Thanks!!
Project 1 - Tangram Sandwich / Personalized (Parents of very young children) Grab the instructions & try it out!
Project 2 - Parent / Child: Side by side portraits of each other on the same page
Project 3: Drawing to music / Drawing the music / Drawing with movement
Project 4: Community Poem