Warming-Up with Playful Routines



Art educators commonly incorporate warm-up exercises into their classroom routine. This illustrated text presents how incorporating play and humor into the warm-up ritual can reduce students’ anxiety and support creative thinking. In addition to sharing practical examples that she has used in K-12 and higher education settings, the author also provides research on the connection between playful cognitive activity and innovative problem solving. She highlights scholars who suggest that appreciating metaphorical humor and creative thinking both involve discovering unanticipated connections between seemingly unrelated things.

Keywords: warm-up exercises, humor, play, creativity

How to Cite: Shipe, R. (2022) “Warming-Up with Playful Routines”, Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education. 39(1). doi: