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[teacherartexchange] TASK activities


From: Frances Rice (francyfree2_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Aug 26 2011 - 10:25:07 PDT

Hi, Has anyone tried a TASK event in the classroom? (TASK is an idea developed by Oliver Herring in which a collaborative art experience is developed from suggestions withdrawn from a box.) It was announced in the most recent issue of School Arts although he has been conducting events for about ten years. It seems like it would be a great beginning of the school year community building event!
     I have given students open ended sculptural challenges which they have worked on in small groups that have been very successful. For example each group is given 1-2 toilet paper tubes, masking tape, scissors, and a deck of playing cards. The student team is then asked to create the tallest structure they can. Students are allowed to bend, cut, tear, twist, the tubes and cards if they wish as well as using the tape. This is a good 30-45 minute activity. Reflection and discussion afterwards on the capabilities and limits of the materials and the different ideas students generate to create height, and interesting forms is always interesting.
   TASK appears to be much less structured although the kinds of materials used are things like pieces of cardboard, masking tape, etc... How many suggestions are withdrawn from the box? Do you just do two or three or do you withdraw as many as there are participants? Do you model TASK suggestions so that students write prompts that are usable or would this stifle the creativity?
  Thanks, Frances Rice- Sequim, WA


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