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what happens when the glue and tape are put away...
Being able to fix things together is wonderful – but there is a real freedom of expression that comes when the glue and tape are put away… It also leads to a greater inventiveness and a sense of liberation because you can keep moving things around and thereby change your mind and test out different ideas.
With groups I frequently use combinations of loose parts materials to create patterns, images and gather ideas. There are a host of “games” I use that gather ideas and free up the imagination. I’ve worked for years with drama-workers, dancers and musicians and for them the “warm-up” activities are essential to the flow of any session: it needs to be like this with visual arts too.