UNUSUAL TIMES (Various Dates)

As we quarantine in this time of Crazy COVID-land, cabin fever may be setting in. Using our creative brains is one way to relieve symptoms and potentially enhance the relationships we have with those who we’re confined with. Our Logan student body is made up of a lot of  individuals who might label themselves as talented and creative. And, those of you who don’t think of yourselves as creative… well, surprise! ~ the creative spirit resides in all of us. In this unusual time, why not try the unusual? Call on that creative spirit, be it active or be it latent, to take you mentally out from the everyday. Play along with your James Logan Multicultural art people and explore these unusual times.

I’m going to ask you to post a few visual, audio, or text files and share them with our class. All you need is a smart phone or internet connection and a willingness to move away from doldrums by exploring your current life with a creative eye. For this first week of school, I’ll post prompts that you may explore on your own or make into a family activity. It may be that you will “catch a glimpse of the creative ” that surrounds and resides with you and your classmates…

Assigned Th, 8/13 for Future  Icebreaker

In my confinement, the views out my windows don’t change much. It’s the same yellow house across the street. I see same people walking their same dogs, more often now but still just the same. I need a different view. How about you? Let’s share views from our home windows. Which window, time of day, daily or unique view will you share with us?

For those a little more adventurous, how do you define “window” ? Surprise us!

To turn this in, please go to artsgood.com> icebreakers and add your slide to your classes slide show.

ACTIVITY 2: Create your own Avatar & Comic Strip
Start in class Friday 8/14, complete Monday 8/17.


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You’d heard it I’m sure. We’re living in historic times. Hmmm…Aren’t we always?

I heard a writer say that each of us have a 200 year span in history. For example, my maternal grandfather was born in the late 1800’s. He partly shaped my mother’s life, and in turn, she shaped mine. My perspective of the world is somewhat interpreted by their influence. My grand-son, who will most like live beyond 80 years, will see the turn of a new century. How much I will shape his life? I don’t know. Though I do know family stories are retold beyond the protagonist’s life.

So here’s your task. Look around your home for an object that connects you to the past. Photograph it so you can share it with us. And, try one of these photo composition techniques when you take the photo.

  1. Dramatic Lighting – Place the object so that a single light source shines on it creating strong high lights or shadows. For your light source use a brightly lit window. A table lamp or desk lamp will work as well.

2. For a more complex image, place the object in a location that tells something more about the meaning of the object.

When you send in your photo include the following:

  • your full name in the text
  • a short description of how the object is related to your life
    PARENTS: Don’t worry about the choice of the object made by your child. Do validate how your child relates it to the past and the connections they make.Need to see a sample?
    Dramatic Lighting Sample:                CIRCA 1800’S

When I was nine my family took a road trip that went to my relatives in Missouri. My brother, Bill and I found in the attic of my grandparent’s home an old trunk with a conch shell buried deep under other paraphernalia. The conch had been alter so it could be used like a horn. We wondered how something we related to Hawaii had ended up in a land lock state. Family lore told that the women settlers used it to call the men in from the fields when there was an emergency, like Indians in the area. Knowing my family, it was more likely just used to call them in for supper.

ACTIVITY 4 : THE Multicultural Art PLAYLIST

Nothing can change your mood like music. Living in this era of Spotify, Itunes, and Amazon music, it is so easy to access all kinds of aural stimulation. So what are you listening to these days of stay in place?

Let’s compile the Multicultural Art Playlist.

Please submit an artist/group, a title, and a suggest a playlist category. All submissions will be posted on artsgood.com so we all can be moved beyond our own thoughts and walls.


Artist/Group, Title, Playlist Title
Ray La Montagne, Jolene, Wallowing In A Blue Mood
Joan Armatrading, In These Time, We’re In This Together
Whitney Houston, I Wanna Dance with Somebody, Get UP and MOVE

Send your music suggestions to the Instructional Aide for your class period. Of course, the links can be found at ARTSGOOD.com > icebreakers


ACTIVITY 5: Out and About

Did you know the definition of out and about?

(of a person, especially after inactivity) engaging in normal activity.

Is anything normal right now? Well, during Covid, when you’ve gone out and about, what did you see? OR, get out of the house RIGHT NOW and take a photo of something incredibly interesting or ironic or scenic or not…Send us a picture and tell us about it…