Elements of play


2017

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Elements of play


2017

A big thanks to the Toledo Museum of Art team, The Arts Commission, Alison Santoro, and Nicholas Dowgwillo for helping bring this project together! 

Envision a venn diagram: playgrounds listed on the left and your favorite, made-up childhood games listed on the right - just in the middle lies a creative place where vernacular games meet public space. The Elements of Play project reflects that space through a temporary installment of unique games, developed by teens for their community.  

Through a one-week, intensive design workshop with Toledo Museum of Art’s Teen Apprentices and The Arts Commission's Young Artists At Work Alumni, young artists created a series of three games that reflect the three ways of learning (Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic), and encourage playful learning of the seven elements of art: Line, Shape, Space, Color, Value, Form and Texture. 

Each of the three games - Stay Cool, I-Spy, and Puzzle Blocks, pulls from the teens' combined memories of childhood play.

Take a look at the games designed by teens below!


STAY COOL

OBJECTIVE:

Beware of the ground - IT'S LAVA! Stay on your colored path and off the ground!

INSTRUCTIONS:

Ready to test your skills? Spin the color wheel and the color you land on is the path you must follow. Everything else has now turned to lava! Make your way through the course while staying on your designated color. Try naming the shapes along the way!


i-spy

OBJECTIVE:

Identify the elements of art in your environment!

INSTRUCTIONS:

As you play, use visual language terms to help your partner find the object. When they find it, play again using a different term and prompt! Try keeping score of how many terms you can spy, or timing yourself and your partner!


PUZZLE BLOCKS

OBJECTIVE:

Complete the pictures by assembling blocks together!

INSTRUCTIONS:

Rotate and stack the blocks to create up to five puzzle combinations. While you play, keep an eye out for different color groups such as: PRIMARY, SECONDARY, COMPLIMENTARY, & TERTIARY.