Weekly Prompts
The weekly prompts are applied to each new tale. If we are working with a group of tales, such as the Native American “Trickster Myths” each tale in the category will be about Prompt #1, The Big Picture. Each week a new tale from the Focus Category will  be examined. However, when a single tale is selected for the month then the weekly prompts will apply.

The #1 Prompt>: (The first week of the month)

The Big Picture:
We will illustrate the story, its theme, or significance. Illustrating the story gives us a chance to get to know or re-familiarize our self with the tale. It lets us break down the tale’s basic building blocks so that we can reassemble them into a new work of our own.

The #2 Prompt: (The second week of the month)

The Positive
We will pick the element of the Tale that most attracts us and base our artwork on it. This is our entryway into the deeper meaning of the story. We will use the empathy we feel for a character, animal, place or situation in the Tale to unleash our delight in cutting, pasting, decorating and arranging. This could be a place to change the world to suit our self.

The #3 Prompt: (The third week of the month)

The Negative
We will use the element in the story that we find the least appealing and base our artwork on it. Sometimes we need a safe place to stand and look at what scares us. This week that place is a small square of cardboard, a safe container for what ails us.

The #4 Prompt: (The last week of the month)

The Connection:
We will use the word prompt from Leah Piken Kolidas’s beautiful website at http://creativeeveryday.com to take us deeper into the story. “A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow-men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” ~Herman Melville

Monthly Tales
Each month we will select a new Tale (Fairytale, myth, fable, story or play) as our overall platform. Even through the Focus Tale changes monthly, the weekly prompts remain the same.

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