The Skull a Day Project!

When you force yourself to do something everyday you discover incredible things about yourself and the world around us. Just ask Noah Scalin

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In 2007 Artist Noah Scalin decided that a small piece of his orange peel looked like a skull. It was a cool shape. Evocative of a lot of emotion and storytelling. Noah wondered what it would be like to create an original work of art inspired by a skull for each day of the year. 365 skulls, a..."Skull A Day".

In that moment it was decided and Noah embarked on the most ambitious, challenging, frustrating, and rewarding project of his career. A project which continued far beyond one year and inspired thousands of other aspiring artists across the world to take up similar Art A Day challenges.

When I first met Noah several years ago he remarked that the creative challenge of making and producing something unique every-single-day  was far greater than he had ever imagined. You exhaust ideas pretty quickly, and suddenly have to see the world in a new way to seek and find inspiration. You also discover incredible things about your own ability to shape the world, perseverance, and finding creativity.

What would students learn from the simple challenge of making something unique every-single-day?

How might we learn from Noah's story, and inspire makers and problem solvers of all kinds to shape their own world?

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Reminds me of something I heard on Fresh Air yesterday. It was about a writer writing a short story every day for 90 days.

"And so she said, take three months off and write, but when I come home, you better have something written. And so when she went to work, I didn't know any better so I wrote one short story every day for 90 days, and they were all awful.

But it got all the junk out of my system - or at least, a lot of it - and it taught me a lot of things about stories. I think I actually sold four or five of them a few years later..."