Try using three arm's length strands of string, five straws (the kind that bend)and two pieces of tape and give these supplies to groups of three. In twenty minutes, each group must create a hand with fingers that can be moved. The secret will be to thread the string up each straw, tape the straws at the base and pull the string at the base to flex the fingers.
You will find out fast who the problem-solvers and creative thinkers are!
Becky in NC
From: marcy bogdanich [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tue 11/5/2002 8:18 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Need art activity for staff meeting!
Make a structure out of craft straws and string...no tape, glue etc. just string and straws..can then pick who's is tallest, sturdiest, most creative etc.
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To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Monday, November 04, 2002 11:53 PM
Subject: Need art activity for staff meeting!
The principal asked me if I would lead an art activity at the
next staff meeting. Sure, says me! Then think... what to do??!
I thought first of doing CD tops. I have some made, just need
markers, bring in the top collection. All set.
Now I learn that this is to be a community-building activity...
something akin to the stress-challenge ropes course we
did at our inservice, but from a different perspective.
Teamwork, trust, collaborative... that kind of thing.
OK... now what? Another factor is time - 20 minutes.
Another factor is prep. I don't want to spend hours getting
ready for this 20 minute activity, and I've just been diagnosed
with a carpal tunnel injury (paper cutter marathon), so I'm
trying to take it easy with preps this week.
So far the only thing I've come up with is a Cadavre Exquis -
(a parlor game played by french artists in 1920s).
In the Sept/Oct issue of Somerset Studio there is a spread
by a high school teacher using this collaborative collage
technique. She used magazines for the collage work to
wonderful effect. The only other thing I can think of is some
kind of teamwork activity - making a kinetic sculpture or somesuch.
Anybody have any ideas or suggestions for me?
Thanks in advance! ---