Ideas for Creative Challenges

Aside from time and budget, creative challenges can be applied to style, content and technique. Here are some ideas:

 

Visual Arts: Make a collage all in one colour, or using only one motif / Focus only on one of the formal elements at a time (line, colour, form, texture, light, space, shape) / Build up form using one shape only

Writing: Write in metred prose / Write in haikus / Use opposites to describe an image

Music: Work a piece from another song into yours / Create a handmade instrument & work this sound into your music / speed up the rhythm, or slow it down.

Cooking: Explore the use of specific spices / Create recipes with substitutes for wheat or sugar

Fashion: Incorporate contrasting textiles / Design the same garment for different markets.

 

These exercises expand our abilities and provide us with new insights into how we can recreate and represent the world around us, in the process revealing something of our personal style. Over time this builds easily into a body of work that bears our own personal ‘stamp’.

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