Off: The boys had to turn off a screen and then take a picture of it. Cameron picked the TV with a reflection of part of our living room. Fritz picked Adrian’s Fire with a reflection of a drawing he made. Adrian picked Cameron’s old phone with a reflection of part of my Harry Potter phone case.
Proposals: The boys each had to respond to one of three proposals. Cameron assisted in discrediting Bishop Berkeley’s theory of the non-existance of matter. Fritz imagined his feet in a mountain stream. Adrian dressed like his father.
The Art of Complaining: The boys had to think of something they wanted to complain about and represent that somehow. Cameron was sick that day so he chose to complain about being sick. Fritz really, really hates cliffhangers (at the end of a chapter) so that’s what he decided to complain about. Adrian couldn’t think of anything to complain about so his complaint was having nothing to complain about.
Emotional Furniture: The boys had to arrange furniture to portray confidence, envy, and melancholy. Fritz chose confidence, Cameron did envy, and Adrian picked melancholy.
Expanded Moment: The boys worked together to choose something to take a silent video of. A picture, but longer. They chose to give the guinea pigs some bits of tomato and then videoed the girls for 2 1/2 minutes.
Exquisite Corpse: The boys had to take turns adding to a picture. Cameron started it and left a clue and then covered what he drew. Fritz went next and then covered his part as well. Adrian drew his giant last.
Imprint: The boys had to select an object, cut it in half, dip it in paint, and press it on paper multiple times to make an imprint. Cameron used a Celtic knot he made a while ago. Fritz used a plastic Easter egg. Adrian used a stick.
Under the Influence: The boys had to look at art by any artist or creator they liked and then create something in that artist’s style. Cameron chose Jeff Agala (Don’t Starve), Fritz chose Vincent Van Gogh, and Adrian chose Toby Fox (Undertale).
Brain Sounds: The boys had to think of a sound of something real or imaginary and represent it visually. They all decided to also represent it audibly as well so I put it together in a video of all three.
Make a Thing: The boys had to take something from the virtual world and make it in the physical world. Cameron drew his favorite emoji. Fritz made a clay Pac-Man eating a power pellet. Adrian found an Angry Birds slingshot and made a clay bird to go in it.
Desktop Monument: The boys had to look on-line for a natural setting they had never visited. Then they had to use an image of it to create a desktop monument of it. Cameron chose the Great Wall of China, Fritz chose Old Faithful, and Adrian chose Arches National Park.
Boundaries: The boys had to represent a boundary somehow. Cameron kicked the door to show breaking down boundaries (he wanted to actually kick the door down, but I vetoed that). Fritz connected the boundary between the floor and the guinea pig cage with Duplos. Adrian showed himself refusing an orange because eating one is a boundary he is not willing to cross (he is allergic to oranges).
Imaginary Friend: The boys had to create an imaginary friend and give it a back story. Cameron’s friend is an unnamed Asian owl that does not speak English and is an unemployed vagrant. As this owl is imaginary, Cameron chose not to represent him in physical form. Fritz drew a rattlesnake named Jerald. This rattlesnake is always paying attention and reminds him that dreams are not real. Adrian adamantly refused to come up with anything, though he stood on his head on the couch for quite some time thinking about the fact that he wasn’t going to even try to come up with an imaginary friend.
The Muster: The boys had to create a uniform for whatever cause they would fight for. Cameron would fight for the right to sleep all day and Adrian would fight for the right to watch YouTube videos all day. Fritz, however, actually took the assignment seriously and made a badge for his uniform. He said he would fight for the rights of all people no matter what their gender or race.
Collaborate With Son Lux: The boys had to listen to a song by musician and composer Son Lux (Ryan Lott) and use it for inspiration to collaborate with him. They chose to make a stop motion animation, Boom Goes the Dynamite, with 7 seconds of the song as the soundtrack. The little guys made the backdrop and Cameron made the clay characters.
Whitescapes: The boys had to find two white objects and compare the colors. Then they had to change the light source and compare them again and name the colors they saw.
Surface Test: The boys each chose a bit of ground that appealed to them and made a rubbing of it.
Embarrassing Object: The boys had to create something that made them uncomfortable. Cameron’s represents anxiety in social situations. Fritz sculpted a pile of poop. Adrian said he couldn’t think of anything that makes him uncomfortable.
Become a Sci-Fi Character: The boys had to create something that they could pretend would make them a sci-fi character. They all decided to use aluminum foil. Cameron made a helmet that protected him from craziness. Fritz made a super powerful armband with an antenna so he could pick up on long distance transmissions. Adrian made super sunglasses that made it so he could see all the way around the earth and back to the back of his head.
Paper Weavings: The boys selected the colors and pattern and made woven paper mats. Adrian named Cameron’s weaving Pie. Fritz called his Randomness. Adrian said his had no name and he literally meant that there was no name for it. So Unnamed it is!
Self-Shape: They drew a shape that represented their bodies and then added color and patterns to it. Adrian really, really disliked this one so he barely completed the assignment.
Object Empathy: The boys each found an object that they felt sorry for and then changed it somehow to make it better. Cameron noticed a little crack in our windshield and place a band-aid over it. Fritz found a broken piece of slate and taped it back together. Adrian found a pencil he got at a birthday party and sharpened it so it could be used.
Make It Break It: The boys each created something and then had a brother break it. The ruined object or the act of ruining it became part of their work of art. Cameron and Adrian built cardboard creations. Fritz stabbed Cameron’s and Cameron burned Adrian’s. Fritz built a Magna-Tile building and Adrian smashed it. The pictures above are pre-destruction.
Breaking Cameron’s creation:
Breaking Fritz’s creation:
Breaking Adrian’s creation:
It took a bit to get it to catch fire. It was pretty windy out.
Once it caught fire it was quite a roaring one.
Fake Flyer: For this one the boys had to create a flyer for something that doesn’t exist. They decided to make one for when Donald Trump makes good on his (also fake) campaign promise to blow up the moon so he can sell the cheese for $199 per ounce. They all pitched in to make up the content and design of the flyer.