Art teacher Catherine Karp recently hosted an exciting day of art collaboration at Oak Meadow. Cambridge Montessori teachers Cheryl Vernick and Tara Robinson brought their Middle School students to Oak Meadow to participate in a TASK party with our Middle School students. Gathering together in the gym with a supply of paper, yarn, tape, markers, and magazines, the students improvised using materials and their environment to create art forms. The experience itself was as relevant as the end product; the students were creatively engaged as the room took on shades of chaos amidst an arena of emerging art forms.
Creativity flowed as students each wrote down and submitted a TASK into a pool. Students then drew a TASK from the pool of tasks, and began embarking on their given instructions such as, "get three other people to do a cartwheel with you," and, "make something using three items." Students interpreted each task freely, and used available materials to complete their given task.
According to creator Oliver Herring's website, "TASK’s open-ended, participatory structure creates almost unlimited opportunities for a group of people to interact with one another and their environment. TASK's flow and momentum depend on the creation and interpretation of the tasks. The continuous conception and interpretation of tasks is both chaotic and purpose-driven in an ever-shifting environment of people who connect with one another through what is around them. Tasks are often absorbed into other tasks. It is also a platform for people to express and test their own ideas in an environment without failure and success."