Friday, July 13, 2007

A Game or an Intervention?

watercolor study
2 3/4" x 2"
2007 cpoyright Stacy L. Rowan

Last weekend I sat down with my family to play a game that my kids learned at school. The rules of the game are simple. Every player gets a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. One person is the time keeper for the group. When the timekeeper says go, everyone starts writing a story on their piece of paper. When the timekeeper says stop, everyone stops writing and passes their paper to the left. Typically players are allowed to write for one or two minutes. When you receive your neighbor's paper you add to their story, stopping and starting per the timekeeper. The papers continue to pass around the group until they return to the player who started the story.

Now is where the fun really begins... Everyone takes a turn reading their story out loud. It is interesting to see where your story was taken, especially when it is not at all the direction you intended it to go!

I started a nice story about an artist. This is what my family did to it... (The color changes indicate different writers)

Once upon a time there was an artist who loved to draw. She wanted to draw all day and all night, but after a while she started to get hungry and stinky because she didn't take breaks to eat or take a shower. So she decided to take a break. Her break was two days long. She wasn't stinky or hungry any more, but at the beginning of her break, people threw her in the lake because she made the air stink when she went outside. The End

Do you think they were trying to tell me something??!?

11 comments:

Billie Crain said...

let's hope not Stacy, but i know how it is when you're in the 'zone'. i had to take a few days off to put my house back together and do laundry so i had clean clothes. oh...and i did leave ring in the tub when i took my bath. ummmm....

btw, your fruit looks wonderful! makes me hungry to look at it.

Stacy said...

Billie, I know what you mean about "the zone". On school days I normally paint with the TV on so I don't forget to pick up my kids. It makes it easier to tell when a half an hour has passed. And I did make sure to shower today before I went out in public. I didn't want anyone to be embarrassed. (Like me!) :D

Mary said...

Haha, Stacy! I love your game, you have given me and idea to try on my grandkids when they are bored.

Jennifer Rose said...

I remember playing that game in school, was really funny to see how the story ended. Yours turned out great and makes sense. Most of the time we played, the stories never made any sense. Characters would go from being in a car to suddenly being on Mars surrounded by a group of fire-breathing gerbils. Good fun lol :)

Very nice little watercolour study :)

Ron Morrison said...

Thats pretty funny.

Africantapestry said...

Oh, this is greatfun, I'll remember this game...I don't know it, other similar ones, but not storytelling. And I agree with Billi Crain about "the zone" - once you've entered meals and breaks and laundry fall way down on the priority list!
Oh, and a lovely watercolor!
Ronell

Stacy said...

Mary, I hope your grandchildren have fun with the game. My kids love it!

Jennifer, not all of our stories made this much sense, but they weren't too disjointed.

Ron, thanks for visiting! :)

Ronell, my house can go from spotless to a wreck after one productive day of art! The hazards of living with a creative person. :D

Anita said...

Stacy - I think its just part of being an artist - getting lost in the moment! I love the story - its like playing consequences. My kids used to love that.

Sue Johnson said...

Hi Stacey I am also working with Michael Newberry and will be in NYC in Sept for the pastel workshop. He tells me you will be there for one day or evening. Im looking forward to meeting you.

I like the game very much. I'll try it with my grandchildren ages 5, 7, and 14.

Stacy said...

Hi Anita! I wouldn't mind getting lost in the moment, but my family gets grumpy when they aren't fed regularly. ;)

Hi Sue! Nice to "meet" you and hopefully we will get to meet properly in Sept. It sounds like it is turning into quite a gathering. It should be fun! Now if only we could convince Anita to shift her visit so she could come too...

Robyn said...

It's a great game - it could flush out some potential writers, then again it could flush out a future critic! I love your little fruit study, the blueberries are stunning.