Divergent Thinking in Art

Today was our very first day back at school. Yesterday I carefully planned out what I'd be doing with my returning class (we keep our old class for a couple of days before we receive our new one). I had a couple of fun activities in mind and was raring to go.

But then, this morning as I was having my tea in bed and reading some blogs, I came across Miss Trayer's post called "Our First Divergent Art". She blogs at Not Just Child's Play and is always a worthwhile read.

I was really taken with her art lesson and decided then and there that I was scrapping one of my original activities and we were going to extend ourselves and think outside the box.

Miss Trayers gave  the kids a piece of paper with an "s" shape, and seeing as how this was a VERY last minute decision on my part, I decided to follow suit.  I showed the kids the "s" paper and we spent about 10 minutes talking about how we could incorporate it into a drawing. We also did a Pair and Share, so they had lots of great ideas. Happily though, some kids came up with completely original ideas. I LOVE it when that happens!

So here you go ... this is also OUR very first divergent art:)


Girl flying a balloon

Dog on a leash (original idea)

Fancy 8

Sunglasses

Dollar signs (an original idea)

Monster (an original idea)

Spoon

Whale
Thank you, Miss Trayers!


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  1. Love this idea and love the results you got from it. I am so impressed with the drawings your kids did. Sometimes those last minute ideas end up being the best ones ever.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Leslie:)

      And thank you for the kind words. I thought they did a great job, too!

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  2. Those are awesome. And I love the idea.

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    1. Thanks, Sandi! Miss Trayers always has great ideas:)

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  3. Lovely idea! I love the idea of getting your old class back for a bit before everyone starts new!

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    1. It's fun having them back for a couple of days. It's especially good for the younger ones who are nervous about moving on.

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    1. Thanks, Chrissy! Miss Trayers always has creative ideas:)

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  5. When I saw the title of your blog, I immediately thought of Miss Trayers. She's a great influence. :)

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  6. So often those spur of the moment are just great, aren't they? I have a bunch that I tried on the fly and now use every year. I love your kids' creativity! Thanks for another good idea. I was just going to head down to the school to plan for Monday and I'm going to include this one!
    Always Primary

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. I hope they turn out as well for you as they did for us:)

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  7. Wow! Look at those creative thinkers! :) Very impressive. Thanks also for the shout-out!

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