This week in Art Class we have played a simple game to help students brainstorm all of the different materials that could be used to make art.
We stand in a circle and each student names an art material (i.e. scissors, markers, paint, etc.). If he or she is stuck, I give a silent 10 second count down. If a student can come up with a material that has not been said, he remains standing. If he repeats or cannot come up with an answer in the time limit, he sits down. We continue until there is only one student standing.
The best part about this game is that it helps students to think outside the box when it comes to making art. They realize that art could be made from almost anything. I am pretty sure that nearly every group of students has come up with "cheese" as a possible art material! This game also teaches listening, since it is important to hear what other classmates have said in order to stay in the game. This game was such a success that in the future, I will use this game to brainstorm other concepts.