I decided that my students needed to do this. As artists, we need to see the ordinary in a different light. The more we can see, the more ideas we can add to our creative bank account.
Once a month, I take my art 2 students on a walk outside of building. The students are armed with a bag containing a pencil, some modeling clay, some paper tags, a length of yarn, sidewalk chalk, and mini figures. They are then asked to "approach the city in an artistic way". This ranges anywhere from reimagining the city to inserting yourself in the city. Tracing the city to creating a mini-world in the city. As a way of recording what they do and see, students take pictures and upload them to seesaw, and social media learning app designed for teachers and students.