Discussion Plan: Creating something entirely new
- When an artist creates a work of art, are they creating something entirely new?
- When the very first computer was created, was its creation entirely new?
- Can words create something entirely new? (if so, does it need to be an entirely new word?)
- When we create things, does it always have to be out of something that already existed?
- Can shaping existing elements in totally new ways create something entirely new? (What about dreams? Fantasies? a language?)
- How do you think it is possible for an inventor to come up with a radically new idea?
- Is there anything we can create out of nothing?
- What about a problem? Can we create a problem out of nothing?
- If something is totally transformed – a larvae into a butterfly – is the entirely new thing (the butterfly) something created or something made?
In light of the discussion above, if the heavens and earth were created as an entirely new thing – what might this mean?
* Discussion Plan: Making and Creating, ps,hs
A. Consider what it takes to ‘make’ something in each of these cases
- Can you turn a piece of fabric into a dress using a dressmaking pattern? If so, what form of activity does ‘making a dress’ involve? (what do you do to the fabric so that it is now a dress?)
- Can you make (or produce) a cake from flour, sugar, water and eggs? If so, what is involved in ‘making’ the ingredients into a cake?
- Can you make a face out of a lump of clay? If so, what is involved in ‘making’ the face?
- Can you produce a new song out of exiting sound clips? If so, what is involved in ‘making’ the new song?
- Can you make a work of art out of rubbish? If so, what is involved in ‘making’ it?
- Can you make/produce a new object that no-one has thought of before? If so, what would this involve?
- Can you make up a story that no-one has imagined before? If so, what does this involve?
- Can you make a solution to a problem before anyone has even imagined the problem? If so, how?
For teachers: Here are some of the options for what ‘making’ might involve in the above discussion plan – but don’t limit your students to these:
Joining pieces together, mixing things together, uncovering something hidden within, moulding, reorganizing, transforming, reconceiving, inventing, intuiting.
B. Could any of these acts be acts of creating rather than of making? If so, what would be the difference between them? (ie, between making a dress and creating a dress, making a cake, creating a cake, etc)?