On July 8, 2014, Studio Scribes learned about microfiction and Twiction. Keeping this in mind, we crafted stories that were limited to one sentence. We had stories that discussed trees, children, and dogs. To further challenge the group, they were introduced to the art of Twiction. Twiction is the idea of creating an entire story by using only the 140 characters that are allowed in a Tweet on Twitter. By the end of the workshop, we had created several stories!
On July 22, 2014, Studio Scribes took time to reimagine classic fairytales. Reimagining classic fairytales allowed our creativity to run wild! Although we kept key points to the plot the same; we revised classic fairytales like Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs to Snow White & the Seven Cats. We crafted one of a kind fairytales that were far different from their original forms.
If you missed this past workshop, do not worry! We will have our lastStudio Scribes workshop of the summer will be on Tuesday, August 5 from 2:00- 3:00p.m. Don’t forget to invite your friends!
We’ve all seen the movies with Robots Of Unusual Size going through inconceivable obstacles to prove that, after all, they were only mostly dead. Then reality sets in: it’s only science fiction, after all: none of this is real, or it’s all too hard. Just like that, imagination dies.
Tell that to Leonardo da Vinci. You know him from painting the Mona Lisa, and numerous other inventions. Living nearly two and a half centuries before Benjamin Franklin’s electrical experiments, Leonardo designed a robot … without electricity. Although he never built it, scientists who read his journals did finish the robot. It worked.
Guess what? Da Vinci was, at first, bad at English and Math. Well, Latin, anyhow (which was the English of the time… and easier, in this author’s opinion). He lacked a formal education in these things, and so his writings were ignored by more “serious” scientists of the time. He was nearly 40 when he had the chance to study math under a real teacher.
Leonardo didn’t let his own limitations get in the way of his imagination: he found ways around them. He never had electricity – he never even built the robot he designed – but he knew what he was doing, and it worked.
The next time you watch one of those movies and think, “those effects are unbelievable! This would never happen in real life,” take a moment to think of people like Da Vinci. With enough time, you could even be creating those blockbuster robots.