Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Dictionary Game -- A Creativity Warm-Up


In workshops where I use the Talk To The Hand exercise I shared last week, I sometimes ask this questions: What's the opposite of  [fill in the blank -- some idea/concept/thing]? Yesterday, I used a warm-up that takes opposites to a new level. Here's how to do it.
  1. Open the dictionary to a random page, close your eyes, and point to an entry. 
  2. Copy that word on a fresh page in your sketchbook.
  3. Now write it backward. For example, Auspice became Ecipsua.
  4. Write a definition for this new word. 
  5. Set the timer for 5 minutes.
  6. Quickly sketch or collage something inspired by this definition.
If you're playing  Malarky and Pictionary on Game Night, this exercise might give you an edge. But where it's really helpful is when you want to be conscious of connections -- even the ones that aren't obvious.

7 comments:

Daryl said...

Very cool. These exercises get better and better...

Donna Kallner said...

Thanks Daryl. If folks like 'em, I'll keep 'em coming.

Daryl said...

Well I like 'em...

Daryl said...

As I was typing the comment, I had a thought. Instead of using the dictionary, maybe you could do the same thing with the random word that appears that you have to type in order to post your comment. This word is insalsy. I can think of all kinds of places to take that one.

Donna Kallner said...

I love it. I think I feel a challenge coming on....

Donna Kallner... said...

Just testing something for the Captcha Challenge at Two Red Threads.

Donna said...

Testing again.