CK teens have started to create art decks. Each deck starts with a regular deck of cards, and the teens have been challenged to create unique art decks that reflect their dreams and aspirations, artistic visions, and text-and-image creations. Here are some steps that we have been taking:
- We talked about how found objects can be used when creating artworks. Visual artists such as Pablo Picasso used newspapers in his collages, intermedia artists such as Tom Phillips ripped pages out of Victorian novels to create artworks, rap artists sample drum beats and other swatches of audio as they build their songs, and elocutionists such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used and alluded to great literary works as they wrote their speeches.
- CK teens were asked these questions: What are some assumptions you have about a deck of cards? What card games have you played? What are your favorite card games? How can you think about this deck as a set of 52 found objects with which you can imagine and manifest poetry, text-and-image pieces, and other creative works?
- CK teens have been writing text pieces on their cards, figuring out ways to connect what’s on the cards — numbers, shapes, colors and designs — with pieces of writing that connect their imaginations with aspects of those found objects. For example, this haiku: “Montrose Beach — five of / hearts, where my family likes / to go on picnics.”