One of my goals for the year was to introduce more play into art. George Szekely's quote inspired me to do a paper bag assignment with my students. I did this assignment with k-3 grade. I gave all the students a paper bag. I told them they would not get glue or tape, and all they could use for art making was paper bags. I was amazed at how many students were displeased with this assignment. All of them moaned and groaned at me. I was shocked.
I placed paper bags all around the room on the floor. I allowed the students to get to work, but instructed them to use the floor only. I felt that tables would restrict their imagination and space.
EVERY SINGLE STUDENT WAS ENGAGED. It was an amazing process to watch. The end of class came and no one wanted to leave.
I observed little minds turning and playing. I found that most of students lacked simple imagination and fun. I think that maybe they were scared to take a risk, or they didn't know how. I found that the project was a big success. I would stop the lesson anytime I saw a student using the material in a unique way. I had one students rolling strips of bag into rope so she could tie together items. I had others creating slits, slots and hinges.
The students had so much fun that they begged to do this again.
Here is the objective that I used for the day:
Know- Stretch & Explore
Understand- why and how artist use stretch and explore.
Be Able To-use imagination and play to stretch and explore using a paper bag.
k-5 Creative Design Teacher